aerial view of the University of Konstanz
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The University of Konstanz is one of ten German Universities of Excellence.

Commited to sustainability

THE LÄND universities perform well in THE Impact Ranking 2023

THE Impact Ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) compares the contribution of universities worldwide to the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals on a yearly basis.

The overall ranking: Two of nine German universities are from the German Southwest

In the overall ranking for 2023, 1,591 universities from 112 countries/regions are included, among them nine universities from Germany. In the Germany-wide comparison, two universities from Baden-Württemberg are listed: The University of Freiburg and the University of Konstanz. The latter, which is also a German Excellence University, made it to second position together with RWTH Aachen University.

Moreover, in the overall ranking on a global level, the University of Konstanz is among the top 300 worldwide. For the sustainable development goals "Life on land" (SDG 15), "Peace, justice and strong institutions" (SDG 16) as well as "Partnerships for the goals" (SDG 17), Konstanz even placed among the top 100 internationally. In five other categories, the university is among the best 25 percent worldwide. For further details read on here.

The University of Freiburg ranks 65th out of 735 for "SDG 13 – Climate Action," placing it in the top ten percent worldwide. Learn more about the University of Freiburg’s performance in other categories here.

About the overall ranking:

The overall rating‘s score is calculated based on the score in SDG 17 and the three strongest other SDGs for which a university provided data.

However, the overall ranking shows the whole picture to a limited extent because the universities can decide for themselves on which SDGs they provide data.

The University of Stuttgart ranks first in industry, innovation and infrastructure

The University of Stuttgart for example, which is located in Baden-Württemberg and belongs to TU9, the Alliance of leading Universities of Technology in Germany did not participate in the overall ranking, but was still very successful in THE’s Impact Ranking: It takes first place worldwide in the category "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure" (SDG 9) together with the TU Munich, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and the University of Twente. To read more about the university’s performance in the ranking go here.

Author: Leonie Rörich