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Glasfasern aus der Optoelektronik in der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik, Informatik und Mathematik, Foto: Universität Paderborn

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Glasfasern aus der Optoelektronik in der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik, Informatik und Mathematik, Foto: Universität Paderborn

Current Rankings

University rankings rate the quality of research and teaching at universities. The CHE-Ranking – released by the renowned weekly paper DIE ZEIT – is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking about universities, colleges and universities of cooperative education in the German speaking area. The CHE-Ranking is published annually.

CHE-University Rankings – distinguished course situation of Electrical Engineering in Paderborn (2013)

This Years´ University Ranking of the CHE “Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung” is published. Thereby, electrical engineering in Paderborn reached the 6th position and is therefore one of the top ranking subjects in the category “ Course situation overall”. Altogether, 36 Universities throughout Germany were evaluated in this subject. Compared regionally with the three states North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Lower Saxony, Paderborn ranks 2nd position. The decision results from a survey focusing on the students´ estimation of their course situation. Therefore, electrical engineering in Paderborn has managed to repeat the CHE - top-ranking position of 2010 for this category. “I am happy that our students clearly rate the studies for Electrical Engineering at our University, as throughout positive”, so the Deputy Head of Department Prof. Häb-Umbach. “ This is a confirmation for us and at the same time an incentive and I hope that, we can inspire even more young people to take up studies for electrical engineering in Paderborn.” University rankings rate the quality of research and teaching at universities. The CHE-Ranking – released by the renowned weekly paper DIE ZEIT – is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking about universities, colleges and universities of cooperative education in the German speaking area. The CHE-Ranking is published annually. This year, 43 subjects of universities from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and Czechia were evaluated altogether.

Paderborn Computer Science on the course for success – degree program again in the top group of the CHE - University Ranking

This Years´ University Ranking of the CHE “Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung” is published. This year, degree programs in the fields of science, mathematics, computer science, medicine and sport science were evaluated. Again, the Department for Computer Science at the Paderborn University reaches top positions in several categories.

In the overall rating, the Department for Computer Science in Paderborn achieved the title “Top Group” and is therefore one of the best computer science degree programmes of the over 70 evaluated universities. For this matter, the computer science degree programme was evaluated as top group in three of the five categories, “Overall Course Situation”, “IT-Infrastructure” and “Research Funds”. For comparison: only two universities reached four Top Group-rankings, none of the evaluated universities reached top rankings in all five categories.

The ranking of 70 universities was carried out in five categories: 

Students evaluated the “Overall Course Situation”, the “Lecturers Support” and the “IT-Infrastructure”. Also included were the categories, “Research Funds for each Scientist” and “Research Reputation”.  In all categories, individual values and the ratings “ Top Group”, “Middle Group” and  “ End Group” were issued.

University rankings rate the quality of research and teaching at universities. The CHE-Ranking – released by the renowned weekly paper DIE ZEIT – is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking about universities, colleges and universities of cooperative education in the German speaking area. The CHE-Ranking is published annually, in which this year a specific number of degree programs are singled out. 37  degree programs of over 300 universities from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands were evaluated.

Who would like to find out more detailed information concerning the results, can read up on the subject in the Print-Magazine “ZEIT Studienführer 2012/13”.

Department for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering scores well in the CHE-Ranking

Top Group in the categories “Support”, “E-Learning” and “IT-infrastructure”

The CHE has once again examined the students´ situation in about 300 universities and colleges in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The CHE-Ranking is therefore the most detailed and broadest analysis of this type in the German-speaking area. Thereby, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering of the faculty EIM also received a positive rating. 

The department reached, especially in the categories “Support by Lecturers”, “E-Learning” and “IT-Infrastructure”, the Top Group. Further reviewed aspects, like “ Research Facilities”, “Research Funds” and the field “Research Reputation” are in a good Middle Group. Currently, the number of students in Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering is by about 600 students. The volume of external funds was by around 4,9 million Euros in the past year.

The research activity of the Department for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering Paderborn is focused on the fields of information engineering, microsystems engineering and automation engineering. Information Engineering is concerned with the design and further development of systems for information transfer and –processing and particularly in Paderborn, has achieved world-wide success especially in the field of optic communications transmission. With their excellent solutions in the field of microelectronics, micromechanics and software engineering, microsystems engineering provides the industry with important impulses. Automation engineering Paderborn presents itself as a crucial link between computer science and the sphere of its application range.

The career opportunities for graduates are good. They work in the field of the electrical and electronics industry, the computer industry, the telecommunications engineering and the electrical power supply but are also in demand in interdisciplinary fields like mechanical engineering, vehicle- and traffic engineering or in medical engineering.

CHE-Ranking: Good ratings for Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science top position in Germany

The Study-offers at Universities are compared with each other during quality control. These so called Rankings play a significant role in young peoples choice of the field of study, as well as with the choice of the university location.

The Department for Electrical Engineering at the Paderborn University has achieved very good results in the current Rankings: computer science, together with the University Karlsruhe, is situated at the top of the overall 77 evaluated universities. For example in the category of acquiring research funds, the so-called external funds but also in the opinion of students: The support of students, the course offers and especially the high practical orientation is rated as excellent.

Paderborn´s electrical engineering achieved the best rating of all universities in North-Rhine Westphalia; in the category “ acquisition of external funds” the department reached the top middle-field with a rising trend. Here the students praise their overall inclusion in the evaluation of teachings, the good laboratory equipment and the support given during the planning of studying abroad.

The course-offer for mathematics has received positive ratings by students, as well as work-place facilities and the IT-infrastructure. Also, the support by lecturers was thoroughly praised by the surveyed students. In consideration of the academic productivity, mathematics in Paderborn currently reaches the middle field, as in the meanwhile; many PhD research groups with international cooperation’s have been established, the academic “output” will, most certainly improve. Furthermore, with the Central Interdisciplinary Institute Paderborn, the Institute for Scientific Computation (PaSCo) and the Institute for Industrial Mathematics many industry projects with high use-orientated areas are represented strongly. This guarantees good chances on the job market for the graduates.

The positive feedbacks of students prove that computer science, electrical engineering or mathematics in Paderborn offer very good study conditions and prepare for future workings in research and practise.

Again on the winner's platform: Computer Science and Mathematics leading in application for research grants

Paderborn University takes a leading position in the field of algorithm engineering. This is shown by the successful project applications of six researchers, in the field of theoretical computer science and mathematics, from Paderborn.

In the programme of emphasis “Algorithm Engineering” promoted by the “Deutschen Forschungs-Gemeinschaft” (DFG), 21 projects were approved.
Yet alone, three Projects come from Paderborn, a fourth project is a co-operation between Paderborn University and Dortmund. After the excellent performance of Paderborn´s Computer Science and Mathematics during the last University-Rankings, the researchers are happy about another recognition for their research efforts. It becomes apparent that Paderborn’s mathematicians and computer scientists are on the right track.

Algorithm Engineering is about the design and improvement of algorithms for specific applications. As algorithms form the basis of every hardware and software: A circuit transforms an algorithm into hardware, a programme makes an algorithm comprehensible for a computer. Therefore, algorithms play a central role in computer science. Theoretical good algorithms are often very complex.  Therefore, in practise one prefers simple and well convertible algorithms, which may offer poor solutions. In Algorithm Engineering we try to enhance these simple algorithms. Our procedure is borrowed of the natural sciences: In the focus of Algorithm Engineering is the circle of design, analysis, implementation and experimental validation, which is propelled by falsified i.e. disputable hypothesis.

The four projects with Paderborn’s involvement in detail and it´s requesters: 

Entwicklung einer praxisnahen Theorie für Clusteringalgorithmen durch datengetriebene Modellierung und Analyse
Requesters: Prof. Dr. Johannes Blömer, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Sohler; Universität Paderborn

Algorithm Engineering für Real-Time Scheduling und Routing
Requesters: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Eisenbrand; Universität Paderborn, Prof. Dr. Martin Skutella; Universität Dortmund

Algorithm Engineering für Probleme der Computergrafik
Requesters: Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meyer auf der Heide, Dr. Matthias Fischer; Universität Paderborn

Gestörte Diffusion für die Partitionierung und Clusteranalyse von Graphen
Requesters: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Monien; Universität Paderborn

Further Information about the priority programme Algorithm Engineering (in English):

Priority Programmes intend to set perceptible impulses for the enhancement of research by coordinated promotion of new topics. They are established by the DFG, if the promotion for the specific field promises an academic profit. One Priority Programme is generally funded for the period of six years. For the participation in a priority programme the DFG requests researchers to submit applications on a specific date.
Further information about the DFG and the Priority Programmes:

University Paderborn leading in the field of software engineering nationwide

Top position in international comparison
Tailwind for Excellence - Cluster and Zukunftsmeile

“The Paderborn University is the No. 1 of the software-institutes in Germany, and also achieves a top position internationally.”  This is recorded by a current Research-Ranking, which was recently published by the renowned Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

In the current issue of the magazine Communications of the ACM (Jun 2007), the top 50 institutes in the field Software Engineering worldwide are rated. The University of Paderborn ranks on an excellent 16th place and is therefore, by far, the best German institute. Only the University of Karlsruhe (position 29) and the Fraunhofer-Institute for experimental Software-Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern (position 32) are other German institutions positioned in the top 50. On an international comparison, Paderborn is positioned, e.g. even ahead of the Stanford University. In Europe, Paderborn also counts to the best four, next to the Polytechnic University Milan, and the universities Imperial College and University College in London.

The ACM (founded in 1947) is the worldwide biggest and most distinguished professional organisation of computer scientists, with more than 82.000 members in over 100 countries. The authors of the study, Jie Ren (Google) and Professor Dr. Richard N. Taylor (University of California, Irvine), have evaluated the academic publications in professional journals and of the most important international symposiums.

“This position confirms our excellent academic workings and give us a tailwind for our large-scale project in the near future”, says Prof. Wilhelm Schäfer, director of the field of study software engineering and simultaneously vice-rector for research and young academics of the university. With the proposal of clusters of excellence for the subjects “Intelligente, selbst-koordinierte Systeme in der Informatiktechnik (intelligent, self-coordinated systems in information engineering) and the “Zukunfstmeile Fürstenallee”, two upcoming major project are planned, which are mainly carried out by the computer sciences. The Paderborn cluster of excellence-proposal is in the final round of the excellence initiative of the federal government, which, next to the elite universities, also seeks to promote outstanding research concepts in so called excellence clusters. With the “Zukunfstmeile” the university plans to pool practical research and development in cooperation’s with the economy and other research facilities, and to expand it to a, beacon-like, innovative centre with over 1000 highly qualified work positions.

“The priority settings of the Department of Computer Science in the field of software engineering, pays off”, says Schäfer. “With a clear and rigorously implemented thematic profile, even small universities like Paderborn can play a role internationally.”

“Next to Professors of the department for computer science and their research groups, the numerous research facilities like the s-lab especially contributed to our success”, says Prof Engels. Engels, an established software engineer, manages the specialist field database and information systems and is the chairman of the Software Quality Lab (short: s-lab). The s-lab is focused on the subject software engineering. In close cooperation with partner companies, methods, procedures and software tools are researched and provided so software companies can generate high quality software products. “This form of cooperation and the technology- and knowledge transfer between companies and universities is unique and delivers considerable results in the field of application orientated research”, says Engels, emphasising on the successful partnership between currently, six associated partner companies and numerous project partners.

The next issue of the worldwide prominent Software-Engineering-Conference ICSE is taking place in May 2008 in Leipzig, which, after 1978 and 1996 is taking place for the third time in Germany. Also here, Professor´s from Paderborn are involved in the top row: Schäfer is the man in charge for the conference; Engels is in charge of the selection of over 20 workshops. That these two professors from Paderborn are appointed for these tasks, yet again underlines the great international reputation in their field that software engineers from Paderborn enjoy. The, by now, 30th issue of this conference offers the opportunity to prove the quality of Paderborn’s software engineering.

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer
Fachgruppe Softwaretechnik
Heinz Nixdorf Institut
Universität Paderborn
Zukunftsmeile 1
33102 Paderborn
E-Mail: wilhelm[at]
Telefon: (05251) 60-3313

University of Paderborn
The University of Paderborn was founded in 1972 and orientates itself on the central theme “University of the information society”. The strong field of computer science and its fields of application, as well as the interdisciplinary saturation of several disciplines by aspects of information technologies form an excellent basis for this orientation.
The university, with currently 1700 employees and 14700 students, is structured in five faculties: Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Computer science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics.

Department for Computer Science
Computer Science in Paderborn means research on a global level. In Rankings, i.e. DFG- and CHE, regularly confirm that the department for computer science at the University of Paderborn is the top address for computer science in Germany. Also the external funds rank in the top group throughout Germany. Computer science in Paderborn researches procedures to develop reliable, efficient as well as manageable software.
The main research is focused on models and algorithms, software engineering, information systems, man–machine interaction and embedded systems and system software.

Besides the main research at the department, there are also many associations with renowned research institutions like, the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, C-LAB, s-lab, PaSCo that offer excellent interdisciplinary research in cooperation with industry partners.
The Bachelor- and Master degree programmes, with a focus on “Software Engineering and Information Systems” at the University of Paderborn, are practise-orientated and are considered as exemplary throughout Germany. The International Graduate School of Dynamic Intelligent Systems is the only Graduate school of seven located in NRW, which focuses on computer science. The institute is significantly involved with two collaborative research centres, two PhD research groups (DFG) and many other externally funded projects by the DFG, federal and state governments and the EU.

s-lab – Software Quality Lab
The Software Quality Lab (s-lab), founded in 2005, is an open Private-Public-Partnership-Institute for the competence- and technology transfer between industry and science. Industry partners’ and research groups of the Paderborn University work closely together, in the field of software engineering. The main purpose of the s-lab is to support midsize and big companies by the development of high-quality software products. Constructive and analytical methods, as well as tools for software engineering are developed and evaluated to ensure a high software-quality.
The target group of these cooperation’s are small, midsize and big companies that develop sophisticated software, e.g. for the automobile- or finance sector.

Five professors in the field of software engineering of the Department of Computer Science are engaged in s-lab: Prof. Dr. Gregor Engels, Prof. Dr. Uwe Kastens, Prof. Dr. Hans Kleine Büning, Prof. Dr. Franz J. Rammig und Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer. Their research groups provide the necessary academic and software engineering competences. Six associated industry partners of different areas, already provide the practise orientated scientific questions: dSPACE GmbH, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Sagem Orga GmbH, sd&m AG, S&N AG und UNITY AG.

Benchmark for excellence and profiling: DFG show results of the fourth Ranking of German Universities

Extracts from the DFG-press release No. 51, issued on 4th October 2006

“…In an overall view it appears that, the achievement of a high ranking position with a high number of universities, goes along with a specific specialized direction. As about 38 % of the DFG-funds go to the area life sciences, you commonly find universities with those core areas under the high-ranking positions of the DFG. The University Munich collects about 60 % of their external funds for this area, at the University Würzburg the percentage amounts to even 80%. Under the ten leading universities you still find four with a technical focus, especially distinct at the TH Aachen University. …

But also smaller universities can provide visibility within the academic landscape by focusing on specific research areas. For example, the University Paderborn is among the most important universities in the field of electrical engineering, computer science and systems engineering, Mannheim in the social and behavioural sciences and the TU Freiburg in the funding area energy research and energy technology.

For visualizing the research profiles of universities, the Förder-Ranking 2006 uses a network-analytical visualisation method that was specifically developed for the DFG-survey at the Max-Planck-Institute Cologne for the study of societies. This way, it is possible to identify clusters of universities, which are similar to their overall profile in differentiating fields of study. 
Cartographic representations illustrate how the external funds of the DFG and government are distributed. Also here, it becomes particularly clear, which fields of study (DFG), respectively thematic fields of research (government) coin the individual research regions.

The DFG-Förder-Ranking 2006 was completely financed by the Stiftenverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. “It was natural for the Stiftverband to support the DFG-Förderranking”, says the president Arend Oetker. “ Because competition is the best way to improve the efficiency in the science system – if you know winners and losers. This way, everybody will make an effort to become even better.”

After 1997, 2000 and 2003 the Förder-Ranking 2006 is already the fourth report about the distribution of approval of universities. A comparison between individual studies already shows that, long-term tendencies become clear. In doing so, it becomes apparent that the rankings of individual universities stay stable over the long period of 14 years.
However, there were a few shifts. The University Würzburg (rank 14) managed to continuously climb higher positions; the Technische Universität Dresden is in the “Top 20” for the first time. The improvements of the University Bremen, Jena and Halle-Wittberg are also very pleasing.

Further information:

Further information on the Förder-Ranking:

Dr. Jürgen Güdler, Direktor des Bereichs Informationsmanagement,
Tel. 0228 885-2649,
E-Mail: Juergen.Guedler[at]

Daniel Bovelet, Projektleitung "Förder-Ranking" im Bereich
Tel. 0228 885-2589 E-Mail: Daniel.Bovelet[at]

Daniel.Bovelet(at)dfg(dot)deDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Förder-Ranking 2006

Institutionen - Regionen - Netzwerke
DFG-Bewilligungen und weitere Basisdaten öffentlich geförderter Forschung

2006, 184 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3-527-31926-8
ISBN-10: 3-527-31926-3

The University for the Information Society