The renowned Humboldt Foundation created a ranking of German universities and institutes that attract the greatest number of international research talents. Between 2007 and 2011, over 6,082 scientists came to conduct research in Germany. 75% of them worked at universities while the rest was drawn to other research organizations.
In the university category, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Universität München score the top 3 ranks. Each of them attracted over 260 researchers of which over 40 were award winning scientists.
Max Planck Society leading
For non-university research organizations, the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society in Berlin fares best (68 scientists) followed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (50) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz (42). This underlines the outstanding reputation of institutes that are part of the renowned Max Planck Society.
The ranking also points out in which disciplines certain universities are deemed to be the crème de la crème. For Humanities and Social Sciences again Freie Universität Berlin tops of the ranking (184). For Life Sciences Universität Göttingen (34) leads in absolute numbers while Freie Universität Berlin (30) wins weighted by the size of its faculty. In Natural Sciences Universität München (110) leads in absolute and Universität Regensburg (50) in relative terms. Finally, the discipline Engineering Sciences is especially popular at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (49).