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At which universities do academics find the best conditions for research? The new 2007 CHE Research Ranking revises its rating of six of the 16 subjects. Includes: Results for chemistry.

Chemistry was compared across 53 universities. The research indicators available in this subject include the third-party funding spent, the number of doctorates per annum, and details of the number of patents for which academics in this subject have applied. Reputation is described for information purposes, but was not taken into account when drawing up the groupings of universities where research is a strength for chemistry.

The research profiles of universities where research is a strength for chemistry

CHE Research Ranking: Chemistry
Source: CHE/academics.com

The table summarises the universities where research is a strength for chemistry. A university is called strong in research if it is placed in the leader group in at least four of the eight indicators. The TU Munich made the top group in all seven research indicators. It is also known as a research leader by over 25 per cent of the professors questioned (the "reputation" indicator). The University of Göttingen was placed in the leading group for six of the research indicators - it only missed out with the "Citations per publication" indicator. Eight universities made the top group, each with five indicators, namely the universities of Bonn, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Main, Münster and Stuttgart, plus the FU Berlin. The RWTH Aachen, the University of Cologne and the LMU Munich each made the top four times.

New members of the group of strong research universities are the University of Cologne, which had not previously submitted any data, and the LMU Munich, which owes its success to better third-party funding. Those that have gone backwards since 2003 and fallen out of the group of strong research universities are the universities of Dortmund, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Marburg, Tübingen and Würzburg.

academics.com :: March 2008