Eastern German and Swiss universities rank tops in the university comparison by the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE). CHE and the Zeit weekly assessed study programs at 280 universities.
Studying at eastern German universities is getting more popular
Medical students at universities in Greifswald, Halle, Magdeburg and Jena are particularly happy with their educational institutions, and praised the supervision offered by professors.
CHE annually examines study programs in various disciplines at German universities; Austria and Switzerland were now included in the assessment for the first time. This year's focus was on medicine, dentistry, mathematics and the natural sciences, among others.
Swiss universities in Geneva, Berne, Lausanne, Basle and Zurich were praised, with math and natural science programs at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) ranking best with regard to scientific publications and among professors' responses.
Heidelberg for biology buffs
Students wishing to study chemistry in Germany have their best bet in Göttingen, and biology buffs would do well to attend universities in Heidelberg and Tübingen, the study said.
Students ponder anatomy in Leipzig
Computer science wizards who attend the University of Karlsruhe, the Technical University of Munich and the ETH in Zurich are at the leading schools, the students and professors who participated in the comparison report said. The University of Paderborn is also a good place to study computer science when it comes to research funding, the report showed.
All roads lead to Bonn when it comes to studying geography, the CHE study discovered. Funding for the Geology Department at the University of Bonn ranks number one, and students and professors there were the most satisfied in that discipline.
Pharmaceutics students at universities in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Kiel and Münster feel content in their departments, the CHE report said.
CHE has published its annual ranking list of 30 study programs at various German-speaking universities and colleges since 1998. It is considered the most comprehensive and detailed comparison of higher-learning institutions. The study includes evaluations of degree courses and study programs, facilities and research. It also takes into account opinions about overall study conditions offered by over 250,000 students, as well as assessments by professors about the disciplines of focus at their institutions.