CHE Ranking: Good Grades for the University of Bremen

In the current university ranking by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE), the University of Bremen occupies the top positions for degree courses in linguistics, literature, engineering, education, and psychology.

There were very good overall assessments in the categories of international orientation in bachelor’s and master’s studies, support at the beginning of studies, external funding per scientist, and doctorates per professorship. The weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT published the results in the ZEIT Study Guide 2019/2020 and on ZEIT CAMPUS ONLINE at (in German only).

The engineering sciences were rated very highly several times in the ranking. They received the best possible rating in the top group when it came to securing external funding and providing support at the beginning of studies, as well as for the international orientation of their master’s programs. “In recent years, we have invested heavily in support programs for our first-year students in the STEM area,” says Professor Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Academic at the University of Bremen. Above all, a lot of money has been invested in concrete measures from the Quality Pact for Teaching program financed by the Federal Government. “We are pleased to see that the positive results are now also reflected in this ranking,” says the Vice President.

Internationally networked

Also recipients of the best possible rating in the top group were degree courses in linguistics and literature at the University of Bremen – specifically for the international orientation of its bachelor’s and master’s programs. “The results show that our university is becoming more and more visible both in Europe and worldwide, with its partners numbering over six hundred,” said the Vice President. Self-critically, he adds: “In linguistics and literary studies, we are still working on ensuring that graduates do not have to extend their study period because of their stays abroad.
The psychology degree course received very good ratings in the category of doctorate per professorship. This, too, was gratifying, says the Vice President. Almost all professorships have now been filled, and the subject is currently being restructured. Education was placed in the top group in the category of external funding per scientist.    

YUFE: For a European University

Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen, adds with regard to the international orientation of the degree courses at the University of Bremen: “We want to move closer and closer to our goal of becoming a European university.” The University of Bremen is currently participating in a European Union (EU) pilot submission process with seven universities from other European countries as a consortium of the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE). By 2024, a total of 20 European network universities are to be established. Their graduates will be multilingual and mobile, and will embody European values.

Information on the CHE Ranking

The CHE ranking examines more than 300 universities and universities of applied sciences throughout Germany. It collates information on a total of 30 subjects. Each subject is reevaluated every three years. Many prospective and current students take careful note of the CHE ranking.

Additional Information:


Christoph Wieselhuber
Teaching and Studies Unit
University of Bremen
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The University of Bremen received top marks for many subjects in the CHE ranking.