THE rankings, 2024: Charité named one of world’s top 30 medical schools

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has placed 27th out of 1,059 universities scored in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Subject Rankings for 2024 in the “Clinical and Health” category. The result means Charité has built on its excellent ranking among global medical schools from last year and remains the top-ranked institution in Germany. The THE ranking is acknowledged worldwide as one of the leading rankings of higher education institutions.


his is the second time that Charité has ranked internationally among the top 30 institutions of its kind. The joint medical school of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité placed 27th, tied for position with the University of California at San Diego and outperforming other prestigious institutions such as the University of Tokyo and New York University.  It is ranked second within the EU, behind Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden.

Berlin’s university medicine organization performed especially well in the areas of research quality and industry (income and patents). It has also significantly enhanced its international focus. Among the 26 German universities participating, Charité leads the pack for the third year running, followed by Heidelberg University (35th), LMU Munich (50th), and Technical University of Munich (65th).

“This kind of top ranking in Germany and worldwide reflects Charité’s outstanding strength in research and teaching,” says Prof. Joachim Spranger, Dean of Charité. “This exceptional success was earned by countless employees who engage in science, teach about it, and otherwise support science within Berlin’s university medicine organization. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone for all their hard work.”

Universities in the UK and U.S. lead the international rankings, as in previous years. Charité maintains strategic partnerships with a number of the top 20 university medical centers as part of the European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA) and the M8 Alliance. Partner institutions include the University of Oxford (1st), King’s College London (13th), Karolinska Institutet, and National University of Singapore (both 16th).

Charité secured position 94 out of 1,904 comprehensive universities in the interdisciplinary THE World University Rankings, published in late September, putting it in 7th place among the 52 participating institutions in Germany. The top 15 German universities also include Charité’s three partners in the Berlin University Alliance (BUA): Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ranked 4th), Freie Universität Berlin (9th), and Technische Universität Berlin (13th).

About the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
The World University Rankings published by London-based Times Higher Education (THE) are an annual global overview of performance that ranks universities with extensive research activities in their core tasks: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. The ranking is based on 18 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across five areas: teaching (learning environment), research environment (volume, income, and reputation), research quality (citation impact and the strength, excellence, and influence of research), international outlook (staff, students, and research), and industry (income and patents). In this ranking, Charité is assessed like a comprehensive university with only one area of activity (health), as THE is otherwise unable to show the particular situation of Charité as the joint medical school of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. Alongside the interdisciplinary global ranking, THE also publishes rankings for individual subjects. The weighting of the performance indicators is adjusted accordingly. Medicine, dentistry, and other health-related disciplines are considered together for the “Clinical and Health” area.

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