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Top in university league tables

Furtwangen University study programmes and facilities are evaluated in both national and international rankings on a regular basis. We are proud of our excellent track record.

Computer Science

CHE Ranking 2018: Furtwangen Computer Science top. In the Centre for University Development (CHE) rankings, the Faculty of Computer Science has once more achieved outstanding results. It is ranked one of the best Computer Science courses in the German-speaking area in the categories of "general study environment", "award of degrees within a reasonable timeframe, "initial study support", "workplace relevance" and "support from teaching staff". Only three other Computer Science programmes besides Furtwangen were awarded only "green points", the highest level possible, in the  ZEIT Study Guide. Students of the Computer Science programmes at HFU consistently evaluate their courses highly: the Faculty also achieved excellent results in the previous two CHE Rankings in 2015 and 2012.

The CHE University Rankings are the most comprehensive and detailed rankings in the German-speaking region in which over 300 universities and universities of applied sciences and over 10,000 students take part. A third of the courses are re-evaluated every year.

Wirtschaftswoche: Furtwangen Computer Science in the top 10 in Germany.

The Faculty of Computer Science at Furtwangen University was awarded top marks by Human Resource managers in German companies in the "Wirtschaftswoche" university rankings for 2017. The focus of the rankings of German universities is on workplace relevance, and here too, the Faculty of Computer Science made it into the top 10 in Germany.

With this outstanding placing the Faculty has confirmed its excellent reputation. It has consistently landed in the top 10 of the Wirtschaftswoche rankings in previous years. Participants were asked which universities prepared students optimally for the needs of businesses. The answer was - those which focus on IT and which offer a broad variety of courses, qualify students best for their start in the workplace. Besides a good grounding in practical experience the HR managers also place a great deal of importance on the character of the applicants.

For the ranking, 540 personnel staff from small, medium and large businesses were asked to take part.

Business, Business Information Systems and Business Administration and Engineering

In the ZEIT University Performance Tables issued on 9 May, 2017, Furtwangen University has once again been awarded excellent grades. All three HFU faculties evaluated in the current rankings - the HFU Business School, the Faculty of Business Information Systems and the Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering - cemented their position in the elite group in the German-speaking region with their "green" points. "Green" is the highest ranking, followed by yellow and then blue. The performance tables are compiled by the Centre for University Development (CHE) from the results of the thousands of questionnaires sent out to students and professors. And what makes us very proud, is that this time round our faculties did even better in some of the performance indicator categories, than in the last rankings three years ago.

The degree programmes we offer at the HFU Business School on the Schwenningen campus were highly recommended by the participants of the survey, so we can rightly claim to be one of the best Business Schools at a university of applied sciences in Germany. Student satisfaction with HFU business courses is extremely high, with top grades awarded across the board - from the courses and exchange semesters offered, to workplace relevance, and academic support available. Resources such as IT facilities, lecture rooms and the library were also rated highly by the students. All of the business courses offered at the HFU Business School are taught either partially or completely in English.

The Faculty of Business Information Systems also performed well. Students rated the all-round study experience, as well as the academic support and relevance to practice and the workplace, as outstanding. The faculty is regarded as one of the best in the country. The Business Consulting Masters programme is taught in English.

The Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering boasts the best results of all. In the ZEIT study guide it was given "green" grades across the board - making it one of the top four in the whole of Germany. Student assessments of the all-round study experience, academic support, courses offered, teaching, international orientation and workplace orientation, were all top notch.

"We are delighted with these excellent results," said Prof. Dr. Rolf Schofer, the President of the university. "We are especially happy that all three of our faculties which were ranked this time round, made it into the top group. And there's no shortage of competition! This year's excellent results underline our commitment to offering study programmes customized to the demands of the working world."

The CHE university ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking region. More than 300 universities and universities of applied science are surveyed.


In the 2016 "International Student Barometer"  international students once again awarded Furtwangen University top grades as a place to study. HFU was ranked 5th among the 36 German universities which took part. This excellent result is only one of many top placings which HFU achieved in the worldwide survey in which 182 universities worldwide took part.

HFU also ranked well in the following areas: "Examinations Office" (2nd place in Germany and internationally), "Internationally-oriented lectures" (3rd place in Germany and internationally), "Tutoring within Buddy Programme" (3rd place in Germany and internationally).

For many international students the teaching and support services at HFU stand out compared to other German universities. They are especially satisfied with the following aspects of teaching at HFU: "Course Organisation (2nd place in Germany), "Quality of lectures" (3rd in Germany), "Learning support" (3rd place in Germany), and "Class size" (3rd place in Germany). In the categories of "Living" and "Support", the level of satisfaction was above the German average in the following areas: "Host friends" (2nd place) and "Bank account" (3rd place).

The "International Student Barometer" is the largest study of mobile students and PhD candidates worldwide, with over 150,000 students taking part in the survey. This is not the first time HFU has gained top results in the student Barometer. In 2011 student satisfaction was also very high in the areas of "Learning", "Quality of lectures", "Living", "Support", "Work experience" and "Preparation for the workplace".


The engineering courses at Furtwangen University (HFU) achieved excellent results in the Center for University Development (CHE) university rankings published in the ZEIT Study Guide 2016/17 on 3 May 2016.

The "Industrial Materials Engineering" and "Industrial Automation and Mechatronics" programmes offered on the Tuttlingen campus in the Faculty of  Industrial Technologies, were in the leading group of all courses on offer in the German-speaking countries. In the categories of "support during studies", "library facilities", "IT facilities" and "lab equipment", the Tuttlingen students gave top marks, resulting in the position among the leaders in the rankings. Good grades were also awarded for variety of courses, teacher supervision and workplace relevance.

The CHE University Ranking is the largest and most-detailed ranking in the German-speaking region. Over 400 universities and universities of applied sciences with around 9,500 programmes are tested. 


In the 2015 BIX library index, the Furtwangen University Libraries have once again achieved the best 4 star ranking - and that's now the third time in a row. The rankings of the best libraries in Germany are compiled every year by the German Library Association. The BIX rankings this year compares 64 academic and 145 public libraries. The HFU libraries have retained the top 4 star grading which they also gained in 2014 and 2013.

In the Germany-wide comparison of Universities of Applied Sciences, only 3 other libraries also gained the top 4 star rating -  HTWG Konstanz, the University of Reutlingen and the University of Neubrandenburg. "We're delighted to have landed in the top group again for the third time," says Prof. Dr. Ullrich Dittler, the academic head of the HFU Libraries. "As a university library on 3 different campuses, we focus strongly on offering a wide range of electronic books, magazines and databanks - and an outstanding advisory service."