Rankings: International sichtbar

Rankings: internationally visible

International Higher Education Rankings regularly prove that the University of Innsbruck – despite the difficult financial preconditions of all Austrian universities – plays an outstanding role as an education and research institution in the European higher education system.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking

According to THE’s World University Ranking of 2010/2011, the University of Innsbruck was Austria’s best university with an overall worldwide rank of 187. In 2020/21 Innsbruck University was ranked in the cluster of positions 351-400 due to the significant increase of ranked Universities. The basis of THE’s ranking is a sophisticated evaluation system, which involves various indicators from areas such as research, education and international reputation. Notably, as in all other rankings, the University of Innsbruck receives far above-average ratings regarding the research impact of its scientists.

Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking is based solely on bibliometric analyses. This means that the numbers of publications in the Web of Science and the citations by other scientists are taken into account. One of the most commonly used indicators (Mean Normalized Citation Score) also takes into account different sizes of universities, citation cultures of research fields, publication years and types of publications. According to this indicator, the University of Innsbruck is ranked 212th in Europe in 2020.

In 2011 the „Collaboration indicators“ were introduced by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University, which measure e. g. the number of publications written with partners from foreign countries. According to this proportion of publications of a university that have been co-authored by two or more countries, the University of Innsbruck was ranked 12th worldwide in 2020.

Academic Ranking of World Universities („Shanghai-Ranking“)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as „Shanghai-Ranking“), which uses six indicators from the fields of research, teaching and staff to evaluate international universities, ranked 2020 Innsbruck University in the cluster from positions 201-300 (2018 and 2019 World: 201-300; 2017 and 2016 World: 151-200; 2013, 2014 and 2015, World: 201-300) which again is the second best position among all Austrian universities.

QS World University Ranking

QS World University Ranking, which was introduced in 2010, shows similar results like the THE Ranking. It is based on a comprehensive set of key indicators that focus on research, education and institutional conditions. In the last three years Innsbruck University was ranked 289th (2013), 288th (2014), 295th (2015), 299th (2016), 286th (2017),  279th (2018), 266th (2019) resp. 265th (2020) worldwide. 


U-Multirank is a multidimensional ranking. Approximately 40 different indicators regarding teaching, research, knowledge transfer, internationality and regional outreach are assessed. The ranking, which is co-funded by the European Commission, rates each indicator using grades without displaying an overall result. Here you can find the detailed results of Innsbruck University.

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