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Top Flight for Hamburg Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Handelsblatt Uni Ranking

Just two years after it was founded, the KLU has reached the top tier in the newly published research rankings for 120 business studies faculties in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The newly founded university, with its small faculty, was able to hold its own against powerful competition with much larger numbers of professors. In the research performance per professor ranking, the KLU made it to the Top Ten, coming in seventh, and with this outstanding result it is on a par with long-established universities such as Mannheim, Munich and Cologne.

KLU Research Dean Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers was delighted. With an outstanding ninth place among 2,100 business studies professors, he was rated one of the most active researchers in the German, Austrian and Swiss region. "Success in the rankings is no coincidence," he said. "We defined research as a core task for the KLU from the outset. Unlike many private universities, we see it not as a superfluous luxury but as a fundamental prerequisite for first-rate teaching. At the KLU we can offer our professors an excellent environment thanks to the magnificent support that we receive from our sponsor, the Kühne Foundation. That is why we are able to attract researchers of international repute." The KLU's English-language study programs are geared entirely to international standards and are of interest for researchers at international universities too. That was why Professor Alan McKinnon, a Scot who was also awarded a top-flight research rating by Handelsblatt, moved from Edinburgh to Hamburg. Other faculty colleagues were recruited from highly reputed institutions such as INSEAD, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the Singapore Management University. The outstanding Handelsblatt ranking proves just how internationally aligned and strong the research of the young KLU faculty is. Prof. Dr. Niels van Quaquebeke is rated one of the best young researchers under the age of forty. "And we are still only at the beginning of our development," Dean Albers said. "In the years ahead we aim to stay right on track and move further into the top ranks of European universities." The KLU's first 23 Master of Science in Global Logistics graduates also had every reason to be jubilant at their graduation ceremony in Hamburg's Maritimen Museum. KLU sponsor, and guest of honor, Klaus-Michael Kühne was deeply impressed by the university's pace of development. A logistics entrepreneur, he has already invested €30 million in setting up and developing the university in his native Hamburg. He has also ensured long-term funding of the KLU by the Kühne Foundation.

idw :: 21.09.2012