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For its university ranking, the WirtschaftsWoche works with the consultancy Universum and surveys the HR departments of German companies to find out which university they consider the best. The survey asks the following question: The graduates from which university are best suited to your needs as an employer? The companies surveyed can choose from a list of universities and select the ones whose graduates fulfil their expectations the most. Companies can select multiple universities per subject. Owing to its practical focus, the ranking concentrates on economics-related subjects such as business administration, mechanical engineering, computer science and law.

The WiSo Faculty is among the top departments in the areas of business administration, economics and information systems. In Business Administration, our Faculty ranks third, in Economics 2nd and information systems, the Faculty ranks on sixth place in 2020. Weblink

According to a recent WirtschaftsWoche ranking, the University of Cologne is one of the most research-intensive German-speaking universities in business administration. The University of Cologne ranks 4th in the ranking, in which 200 German-speaking universities were compared, putting it in 2nd place within Germany (Source: WirtschaftsWoche 3 / 11.1.2019 ).

Professor Jan Recker from the University of Cologne is the research-strongest business economist below the age of 40 in the German-speaking world according to a current weekly economic ranking (1st place). More about the ranking (in German): Jan Recker: Wie tickt der Jungstar der BWL? (WiWo, 21.1. 2019).

In the aggregated examination of the Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche rankings, it is noticeable that the University of Cologne has been able to show the best development/performance since 2011 in the areas of business administration and economics compared to other universities.