University rankings evaluate universities according to various criteria in research and teaching and enable a comparison at national and international level. International rankings are also becoming increasingly important in the German higher education landscape, whether for partnership negotiations, student marketing, third-party funding acquisition or staff recruitment. However, rankings are also often the subject of controversial discussions; it is precisely the sometimes opaque methodology or the attempt to evaluate universities in their entirety that leads to criticism.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology participates in various university rankings at specified intervals. Among the most important international rankings are the World University Rankings of Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) as well as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Shanghai Ranking.