IU receives top scores in latest CHE rankings

IU receives top ratings in CHE’s latest university rankings and a nearly perfect score in business informatics ranking


IU receives top ratings in CHE’s latest university rankings and a nearly perfect score in business informatics ranking.

  • IU ranks in the top group in nearly all categories for business informatics, business studies and social work 
  • IU receives the most 5-star ratings in business informatics 
  • IU outperforms all other dual studies business informatics programmes in Germany with an overall rating of 4,9 stars 

Erfurt, Germany, 09. May 2023. IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) achieves top scores in latest rankings by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) – publisher of Germany's largest university rankings. With CHE’s new 5-star rating system, IU ranked in the top group on nearly all categories for the study subjects: business studies, business informatics and social work. In particular, IU outperformed all other German universities with a nearly perfect overall score of 4,9 out of 5 stars in business informatics. In the study subjects business studies and social work, IU achieved an overall score of 4,4 and 4,0 out of 5 stars respectively – performing above the university average in all three rankings. 

Prof. Dr. Holger Sommerfeldt, Rector at IU, said: 

"An absolutely great result for IU. The latest CHE Rankings are a significant achievement for IU and confirm our footing as a leader in education. The large practical components and close supervision of our students are essential core elements of our philosophy. We are happy to see that our students agree and rated us so well.” 

The CHE Rankings assess universities on a 5-star rating system. Universities receiving four or more stars are rated in the “top group”, 3,5 to 2,5 stars are in the “middle group”, and those receiving 2 stars or less are in the “bottom group”. The ratings are rounded up to the nearest half star, and are awarded across several broad categories, such as: “range of courses”, “organisation of studies”, “support during studies”, “organisation of examinations” and more. New this year is the category: “digital learning elements”. Here, IU reached the top group in all three study subjects: business informatics (4,9/ 5 stars); business studies (4,4/ 5 stars); and social work (4,0/ 5 stars). “Our flexible online approach is what makes our study programmes so appealing to students. Our students have the option to study at their own pace which is particularly appealing to the modern-day student,” added Sommerfeldt. 

On the following broad categories, for the respective study subjects, IU International University of Applied Sciences was amongst the highest rated universities overall with a minimum score of 4,3 out of 5 stars: 

Business informatics (dual studies): 

  • General study situation (4,9 stars) 
  • Supervision by teachers (4,9 stars) 
  • Support in studies (4,9 stars) 
  • Course offer (4,9 stars) 
  • Study organisation (4,9 stars) 
  • Exams (4,9 stars) 
  • Library equipment (4,9 stars) 
  • Rooms (4,9 stars) 
  • IT infrastructure (4,9 stars) 
  • Digital teaching elements (4,9 stars) 
  • Interlocking of theory and practice phases (4,9 stars) 
  • Labs and spaces(4,9 stars) 

Business studies (dual studies): 

  • General study situation (4,4 stars)
  • Supervision by teachers (4,3 stars)
  • Support in studies (4,4 stars)
  • Study organization (4,7 stars)
  • Exams (4,3 stars)
  • Rooms (4,5 stars)
  • IT infrastructure (4,5 stars)
  • Digital teaching elements (4,4 stars)

Social work: 

  • Supervision by teachers (4,4 stars)
  • Study organization (4,5 stars)
  • Exams (4,3 stars)
  • Introduction to scientific work (4,3 stars)
  • Practical orientation in teaching (4,4 stars)
  • Rooms (4,4 stars)

For the complete results of the CHE Rankings, visit https://studiengaenge.zeit.de/.



With around 120,000 students surveyed and more than 300 universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as dual universities and vocational academies examined, the CHE ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed comparison of universities in the German-speaking world. It has been created by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in 1998 and has been published in cooperation with the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" since 2005. The primary goal is to inform first-year students and those changing universities about the study opportunities and conditions in the respective fields of study. Further information at: www.che.de.


With over 100,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution with its headquarters in Erfurt began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. Students from over 180 nations design their studies according to their needs: whether practice-integrated dual studies, flexible distance learning or individual “myStudium”, which combines online self-study and campus life. IU wants to give people worldwide access to personalised education for a fulfilled and self-determined life. In more than 150 German- and over 50 English-language study programmes in bachelor's, master's and MBA fields, IU teaches students key competencies relevant to the future. A digitally supported learning environment and the use of AI solutions help students to achieve optimal learning results and experiences. IU is one of the first universities in the world to have developed and deployed its own AI-supported learning buddy. IU cooperates with over 15,000 companies and supports them in the academic training of professionals. Partners include Motel One, Vodafone, AWO and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: iu.org