Graduate employability: top universities in Germany ranked by employers 2020

Universities producing the most employable graduates have been ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020

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November 19 2020
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In total, 17 German universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020, 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. 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 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.


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Top universities in Germany for graduate employability 2020

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2021 results

Germany Rank 2020 Employability Rank 2020 Employability Rank 2019 Institution City
1 12 6 Technical University of Munich Munich
2 39 34 Humboldt University of Berlin Berlin
3 43 25 LMU Munich Munich
4 44 45 Heidelberg University Heidelberg 
5 69 68 Technical University of Berlin Berlin
6 78 80 Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Frankfurt
7 93 90 Free University of Berlin Berlin
8 100 97 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karslruhe
9 111 103 University of Mannheim Mannheim
10 118 81 RWTH Aachen University Aachen
11 119 141 University of Hamburg Hamburg
12 120 148 Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt
13 127 102 University of Göttingen Göttingen
14 174 185 University of Freiburg Freiburg
15 181 210 University of Cologne Cologne
16 216 124 TU Dresden Dresden
17 234 - University of Bonn Bonn

See the full results of the Global University Employability Ranking 2020


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