This year, Austrian universities of applied sciences can once again look forward to top marks in the annual CHE ranking. In this ranking, students rate their universities according to individual survey areas. In addition, objective data on the respective degree programmes is collected and evaluated. The universities of applied sciences have once again been honoured with top marks.

The following subject groups were assessed this year:

  • Architecture, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Applied natural sciences
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Mechanical engineering / materials technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Process engineering.

Nine institutions from the UAS sector took part in the ranking with a total of 51 study programmes that were evaluated.

The universities of applied sciences achieved the highest scores in the areas of "studyability", "support during studies" and "graduation within the minimum period of study" as well as "rooms" and "equipment in practical laboratories".

FHK President Ribitsch commented: "It is extremely pleasing that FH students are still very satisfied with the study conditions at universities of applied sciences." According to Ribitsch, this result is confirmed by a recently published image analysis of the UAS sector by the Institute for Empirical Social Research (IFES). According to this, "UAS graduates and UAS students are significantly more satisfied than university graduates and students" and the UASs also enjoy "a very good image among the population as a whole". Ribitsch continues: "It is important to maintain the high quality of study programmes at universities of applied sciences. However, this also requires politicians to determine the financial framework conditions."

The CHE University Ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German and Austrian universities. It is compiled using a sophisticated Methodologywhich, in addition to facts about studies, teaching, facilities and research, also includes students' assessments of the study conditions at their university. In addition to comparative criteria, prospective students have access to a wealth of descriptive features on study programmes and teaching.

The results of the Austrian universities of applied sciences in the CHE ranking were published in today's edition of "Die Presse" and can also be viewed online at can be viewed here.

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