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10 Best German Universities for Graduate Employability

Germany is becoming increasingly popular among international students. The German education system, regarded one of the best in the world, plays a key role in that. And they are also helped to a great extent by many German universities, ranked among the best in the world. The QS World University Rankings 2018 feature 45 German universities as the world’s best. 12 of them represent the country in the Top 200, showcasing the high quality of education available.

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The land of Oktoberfest is also world renowned for producing highly employable and sought after graduates. So without further adieu, let’s have a look at the top universities of the country producing them.

1. Technical University of Munich (TUM):  

Located in the capital of Bavaria, Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), also known as TUM, was founded in 1868 and is a member of the TU9, an association of nine of Germany’s most prestigious technical universities. Ranked 64th globally and 70th for graduate employability, TUM has 14 academic departments and 40,124 students, of which around 24% are international. It calls itself The Entrepreneurial University and aims to foster a supportive environment for budding entrepreneurs. Not only that, Germany’s highest ranked university is also one of its most innovative. TUM prides itself on its creativity, scientific innovation and entrepreneurial spirit; its scientists made 165 inventions in 2014, 69 patents were submitted in 2015 and more than 800 startups have been launched by students and staff over the past decade.

2. University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University):

Located in the heart of Munich, LMU is recognised as one of Europe’s premier academic and research institutions. Founded in 1472, the university is one of the oldest in the country. Ranked 66th globally and 92nd for graduate employability, the university places an emphasis on the natural sciences such as biology and physics, while other top subjects include space science and medicine. However its excellence in teaching and research embraces a wide diversity of fields- from the humanities and cultural studies through law, economics and social sciences to medicine and natural sciences.

3. Heidelberg University: 

Established in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university and one of Europe’s most research-intensive institutions. Ranked 68th in the world, its broad subject spectrum in 12 faculties includes humanities, social sciences, law, natural and life sciences, and medicine. With more than 160 degree programmes, Heidelberg offers a preeminent array of subjectcombinations. The university also actively participates in a worldwide network of teaching and research collaborations. The university also has 23 institutional partnerships at the overall university level, and exchange arrangements with over 450 universities throughout the world.

4. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): 

Ranked 107th in the world and 30th for graduate employability, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, also known as  Karlsruher Institut für Technologie or KIT, is located in the south-west city of Karlsruhe and considered particularly prestigious for its engineering and technology programs. Home to 25,892 students, the universities main research areas include energy, mobility and information. It also runs a Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which provides free advice and resources to students and alumni seeking to start their own business.

5. Humboldt University (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): 

Consistently Berlin’s highest-ranked university, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Humboldt University is ranked 120th in the world and between 201-250 for graduate employability. The university is considered particularly prestigious for arts and humanities subjects, achieving 35th place in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for this subject area. Alma mater to influential thinkers like Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, institution’s academic clout is evidenced by the fact that it has educated no fewer than 29 Nobel Prize winners, including a prize for physics, literature and economics.

6. Freie Universität Berlin:

Ranked joint 125th globally alongside Belgium’s University of Ghent and between 251-300 for graduate employability, Freie Universität Berlin is an outstanding, future-oriented institution in Germany’s world-renowned academic landscape. Repeatedly selected as one of the country’s Universities of Excellence, it has an acclaimed international orientation, interdisciplinary approach, and commitment to social responsibility. The university offers a comprehensive range of studies and highly competitive programs at all academic levels. While it enjoys a particularly strong reputation in the social sciences and humanities, it is also home to cutting-edge research in the natural and Earth sciences as well as computer sciences and mathematics. Renowned for producing some of the most sought after graduates, the university boasts having employed professors who have won four Nobel Prizes in fields ranging from literature to economics.

7. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management: 

Is it any surprise that an institution dedicated to business and finance located in the country’s banking hub is considered to have highly employable graduates? Established in 1957 as a training institute for the employees of German banks, the institution has come to be well regarded in Germany for its business administration and business IT programmes. An AACSB and EQUIS-accredited, all courses offered by Frankfurt School have three aspects in common: high standards, diversity and practice-orientation. Also Frankfurt School is one of the most active German business schools in terms of research. With its practical and research-based orientation it regularly achieves top positions in various rankings.

8. RWTH Aachen University: 

Ranked 141st in the world and 90th for graduate employability, RWTH Aachen University is the largest university of technology in Germany and one of the most renowned in Europe, with around 44,500 students enrolled. The engineering focus of the university is associated with the natural sciences and medicine. The arts, social sciences and economics, structurally linked to the core disciplines, also make a significant contribution to the university’s teaching and research profile. With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. Not only that, the university maintains close links to industry and is also the largest employer in the region.

9. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin): 

Located in Germany’s capital, TU Berlin, ranked 144th globally and 78th for global employability, is renowned internationally. With almost 34,500 students, around 100 course offerings and 40 institutes, it is one of Germany’s largest technical universities. Further the university is a member of TU9, which is the alliance of nine of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology. This membership allows for student exchanges between many of the engineering schools. No wonder why TU Berlin graduates are one of the most sought after by employers.

 10. University of Tübingen: 

Ranked joint 164th in the world and in the band of 251-300 for graduate employability, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen or the University of Tübingen is one of the oldest German universities, founded in 1477. Today it has around 28,300 students and is considered particularly prestigious for subjects such as theology, German studies and medicine. The University’s academic reputation is further enhanced by the research achievements of more than 400 professors and about 2000 academic staff. Not only that, the University offers a wide range of cross-disciplinary events among its existing faculties in Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, Law, Economics and Business Administration, Medicine, Philosophy and History, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Modern Languages, Cultural Sciences, Mathematics and Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Biology, Geosciences, Psychology and Computer Science. This results in producing highly knowledgeable and employable graduates, sought after by the industry.


University of Göttingen: Ranked 181st in the world and in the band of 301-500 for graduate employability, University of Göttingen is one of Germany’s oldest universities, having been founded in 1737. More than 40 Nobel Prize winners have conducted research, studied or taught at the university, and its prestige has helped to give the town the moniker of “City of Science”..


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