Graduate employability: top universities in Germany ranked by employers 2019

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019

November 21 2019
Faculty of Engineering at the Technical University Munich

In total, 16 German universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals the universities that recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

The Technical University of Munich is Germany’s best university for employability. The top two universities are located in Munich, two of the other top five universities are located in Berlin and the last is located in Heidelberg.

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Top three universities in Germany for graduate employability

1. Technical University of Munich

Germany’s top university for employability refers to itself as “the entrepreneurial university” because of its emphasis on close relationships with industry.

Many academics also have positions in companies such as BMW and Siemens, and students undertake research projects with employers in the area.

The Technical University of Munich offers 172 degree programmes across 14 departments. Each year scientists from the university create more than 100 inventions with industrial and commercial applications.

2. LMU Munich

LMU Munich is the sixth-oldest university in Germany that has been continuously operating and the second-largest university in terms of student population.

The university is made up of 18 faculties including law, economics, medicine and social sciences.

The university attracts a high percentage of exchange and international students. There are many resources in the city that students can take advantage of, such as the Max Planck Society and numerous global enterprises and start-ups.

3. Humboldt University

Humboldt University has been associated with 55 Nobel Prize winners, including political activist and writer Angela Davis, physicist Albert Einstein and philosopher Karl Marx. 

There is a strong alumni network at the university and there are a number of initiatives and clubs to keep alumni connected. 

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Top universities in Germany for graduate employability 2019

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Germany Rank 2019 Employability Rank 2019  Employability Rank 2018  Institution City
1 6 6 Technical University of Munich Munich
2 25 26 LMU Munich Munich
3 34 51 Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
4 45 38 Heidelberg University Heidelberg
5 68 79 Technical University of Berlin Berlin
6 80 74 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt
7 81 100 RWTH Aachen University Aachen
8 90 123 Free University of Berlin Berlin
9 97 85 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruhe
10 102 103 University of Göttingen Göttingen
11 103 105 University of Mannheim Mannheim
12 124 150-200 TU Dresden Dresden
13 141 n/a University of Hamburg Hamburg
14 148 64 Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt
15 185 146 University of Freiburg Freiburg
16 210 150-200 University of Cologne Cologne

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2019

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