These are the German universities with the best global reputation

Six German universities are currently among the 100 most prestigious in the world, according to a reputed ranking released on Tuesday.

These are the German universities with the best global reputation
The main building of LMU Munich. Photo: Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons

LMU Munich led the way among the German higher education institutions, ranking as the 42nd most renowned university in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings. But the Munich school nonetheless slipped down two places in comparison with last year.

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It was all stable at the top of the list, with gold, silver and bronze going to Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, respectively, just like in 2016. And US universities dominated the list in general, securing 42 of the total positions.

Of the other German institutions on the list, Heidelberg University and Berlin’s Humboldt University did best, both ranking between 51st and 60th place.

The Free University of Berlin pulled itself up into the most reputable 61-70 unis in the world, while the Technical University in Munich dropped from the 51-60 level last year to the 61-70 bracket this year.

RWTH Aachen University was the last of the German universities ranked in the top 100, considered worthy of a place among the 91-100 best regarded unis.

“These results are based on an improved German performance in the ranking of the best universities in the world. Nonetheless Germany should be aware of the increasingly prominent position of Asian institutions, which are making a name for themselves on the world stage,” said Phil Baty, editor of THE, in a statement.

The ranking is based on surveys of 10,566 academics with a track record of publications across 137 countries. It was conducted between January and March.

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Police probe opened after poster campaign against ‘Islamophobic’ lecturers at French university

The French government condemned on Monday a student protest campaign targeting two university professors accused of Islamophobia, saying it could put the lecturers in danger.

Police probe opened after poster campaign against 'Islamophobic' lecturers at French university
Illustration photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

Student groups plastered posters last week on the walls of a leading political science faculty in Grenoble that likened the professors to “fascists” and named them both in a campaign backed by the UNEF student union.

Junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa said the posters and social media comments recalled the online harassment of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty last October, who was beheaded in public after being denounced online for offending Muslims.

“These are really odious acts after what happened with the decapitation of Samuel Paty who was smeared in the same way on social networks,” she said on the BFM news channel. “We can’t put up with this type of thing.”

“When something is viewed as racist or discriminatory, there’s a hierarchy where you can report these types of issues, which will speak to the professor and take action if anything is proven,” Schiappa said.

Sciences Po university, which runs the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Grenoble in eastern France, also condemned the campaign on Monday and has filed a criminal complaint.

An investigation has been opened into slander and property damage after the posters saying “Fascists in our lecture halls. Islamophobia kills” were found on the walls of the faculty.

One of the professors is in charge of a course called “Islam and Muslims in contemporary France” while the other is a lecturer in German who has taught at the faculty for 25 years.