Computer Science at RWTH Aachen − Top-notch Research and Education


Computer Science at RWTH Aachen delivers top-notch research and education: for years now, we have been achieving top positions in renowned university rankings, as is attested by the Ranking Reports by RWTH Aachen. These reports provide an overview of the results achieved by the different disciplines in several university rankings since 2006.


The Ranking Report is created as part of the quality management i teaching and learning and issued by RWTH's Controlling and Information Management division.


Selected Rankings

Methodology / Approach Criteria Rank RWTH Computer Science Details
Ranking WirtschaftsWoche Magazine

More than 500 HR managers of the largest German companies are asked to rank universities according to which university delivers the best education in their opinion.

Which university offers the best education in view of the demands and requirements of companies?

2023: 1st
2022: 2nd
2021: 3rd
2020: 1st
2018: 2nd
2017: (no ranking)
2016: 1st
2015: 3rd
2014: 2nd
2013: 1st
2012: 2nd
2011: 3rd
2010: 2nd


Please use "Hochschulranking" as a search term!

Methodology / Approach Criteria Rank RWTH Computer Science Details
Ranking Guide2Research

h-index of the involved scientists (summed up)

The ranking by international Computer Science portal Guide2Research consists of 650 universities (as of 2020) around the world that are considered the strongest in the field of computer science. 

The h-index sees the number of publications by a person placed in relation to the frequency with which the works are cited. This is used as a measure for evaluating publication performance worldwide. Only scientists with an h-index of at least 40 are included in the ranking.

2020: 1.152 Points
1st (Germany)
54th (altogether)

Guide2Research University Ranking

Methodology / Approach Criteria Rank RWTH Computer Science (2021) Details
CHE University Ranking

Survey among 250,000 students; survey among professors.
Questions on teaching and learning, research, and facilities/equipment  

Prospective students, students and the universities consider the CHE ranking to be informative, methodologically sound, and fair

Reputation in research, research funding, supervision of students, international outlook, practice-orientation, academic publications, study conditions, quality of degree programs, lab equipment, quality of library, “studiability” etc.

Based on the criteria, the CHE ranks the disciplines taught at each institution in the top, mid-level, and bottom group. Selected results by the Department of Computer Science:

Top Group
Funds per researcher, IT Infrastructure, general study conditions, supervision of students

CHE Ranking

2021 Results:

Methodology / Approach Criteria Rank RWTH Computer Science (2023) Details
THE Subject Ranking

THE’s in-house data team analyses data that universities supply (for example, staff-to-student ratios, doctorates awarded, international students and research income), the results of a “reputation survey” sent to selected academics across the world, and information about published research papers and citations, using Elsevier’s Scopus database.

Overall rank is calculated from scores for 13 different performances indicators, grouped into five categories: Teaching, Research, Research Influence, Innovation and International Outlook.

Source and further information:
THE Ranking FAQ

In 2023, the Computer Science department moved up 2 places to ranking 50, maintaining its 2nd place in Germany.

The Department of Computer Science was ranket 52th in the 2022 ranking, following Munich (14th) and followed by Karlsruhe (63th).

In 2020, the Department of Computer Science was ranked 46th, following Munich (18th) and followed by Karlsruhe (50th).

THE Subject Ranking


RWTH in national and international comparison

It is not only our rankings that are impressive, but also the RWTH to which all faculties and research institutions contribute. 
The outstanding reputation is reflected in the rankings in a university-wide comparison.

CEWS Ranking 2023: RWTH takes first place within TU9 and Excellence Universities.
In June 2023, the Center of Excellence Women and Science published the latest edition of the university ranking according to gender equality aspects. CEWS produces three rankings for this purpose every two years, one each for universities, universities of applied sciences & administrative colleges, and arts colleges.

QS World University Rankings 2023: TheRWTH climbs 41 places compared to 2022 to world rank 106.
This year's QS ranking was also published in June. Alongside the THE ranking, it is the most important international university ranking. 45% of the ranking is based on the results of a reputation survey among academics and employers, while the other 55% results from, among other things
from the number of international students and staff, the supervision ratio, the international research network, sustainability, and the number of citations.

Leiden Ranking 2023: Straight international comparison, 12 of 14 categories could be improved in our research area "Mathematics and computer science". 
The Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University published the current Leiden Ranking, in which universities are ranked according to their publication performance. A variety of different rankings are produced for the university as a whole and for five individual scientific fields, each based on the impact of publications, collaboration with other institutions, open access, and gender of authors. Only English-language publications published in journals with international reach are considered.

THE Impact Rankings 2023: In the overall ranking, RWTH is ranked second in Germany, together with the University of Konstanz. 
THE Impact Rankings 2023 is a university ranking that evaluates universities against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). RWTH participated in THE Impact Rankings for the first time this year. 

DAAD sponsored: The German Academic Exchange Service publishes annual rankings in which German universities are ranked according to the number of people funded by the​ DAAD . This includes both students as well as funded scientists and scholars.