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Graduate employability: top universities in Germany ranked by employers 2023-24

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

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November 23 2023
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In total, 19 German universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24, designed by the HR consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education. The ranking reveals the universities that recruiters at top companies believe are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

The Technical University of Munich is Germany’s best university for employability. Another of the universities in the top five is also located in Munich, two are in Berlin, and the last is 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 develop more than 100 inventions with industrial and commercial applications.

2. Humboldt University of Berlin

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

There is a strong alumni network at the university, as well as a number of initiatives and clubs to keep alumni connected.

3. LMU Munich

LMU Munich was founded in 1472 and is Germany’s second-largest university in terms of student population.

The university has 18 faculties including law, economics, medicine and social sciences.

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

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Top universities in Germany for graduate employability 2023-24

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German Employability Rank  Employability Rank 2023-24 Employability Rank 2022-23 University Name (labels used in lime) City/town
1 13 13 Technical University of Munich Munich
2 46 42 Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
3 53 50 LMU Munich Munich
4 56 62 Technical University of Berlin Berlin
5 70 46 Heidelberg University Heidelberg
6 79 71 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt
7 96 94 Free University of Berlin Berlin
8 101 96 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology  Karlsruhe
9 112 112 University of Hamburg Hamburg
10 123 NR Chemnitz University of Technology Chemnitz
11 124 139 RWTH Aachen University Aachen
12 134 135 Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt
13 140 131 University of Mannheim Mann
14 142 176 University of Cologne Cologne
15 208 246 University of Bonn Bonn
16 218 180 University of Freiburg Freiburg
17 221 230 Technical University Darmstadt Darmstadt
18 222 NR Leibniz University Hannover Hannover
19 226 NR Bielefeld University Bielefield

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