Where Research Meets the Future

For years, Montanuniversität Leoben has consistently occupied top positions in various surveys and rankings.


2019 brought another top placement for Montanuniversität Leoben in the renowned "ShanghaiRanking". In the category "Global Ranking of Academic Subjects", Montanuniversität was ranked 15th in the field of Metallurgical Engineering, and has thus improved by two spots, having been placed 17th in 2018. On a European scale, Montanuniversität has surpassed RWTH Aachen, one of Germany's top universities and number two last year, and is now placed 2nd after the University of Manchester.
Within the field of Metallurgy, the top 9 ranked universities include universities in the Far East, the United States, and Australia. The University of Science and Technology in Beijing was ranked number one in this category.

The ranking compared more than 4,000 universities and over 50 academic subjects. The academic subjects were primarily evaluated in terms of their research performance. The wide array of criteria included scientific publications in the top scientific journals, quotations of the latter, and the number of publications in international co-autherships.

The “ShanghaiRanking" of 2018 further rankedMontanuniversität Leoben 35th out of 100 universities in the field of Mining and Mineral Engineering. The top 20 included universities from Asia, North America and Australia, the highest-ranking position being occupied by the University of Queensland. Among the European universities, Montanuniversität was listed 5th behind the British Imperial College, the French Université de Lorraine, the Polish AGH Krakow, and the Swedish TU in Lulea, but ahead of renowned universities such as ETH Zürich and the German TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The US-American Colorado School of Mines remained also far behind Montanunversität, ranking top 51-75.

As well as that, Montanuniversität Leoben was rated as a top employer. In the ranking “Austria’s Best Employer 2019” conducted by the magazine “trend”, Montanuniversität was listed once again 1st in the category “Education and Research” and 16th out of 300 companies in the overall ranking.

In the survey “World’s best Universities for Oil, Gas and Petroleum Engineering” conducted by the magazine “CEOWORLD”, Montanuniversität Leoben eventually secured an excellent 3th place. The list is led by the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Tulsa (USA, 98.7 points), followed by the University of Aberdeen (UK, 98.5 points) and Montanuniversität with 98.3 points. The highest possible number of points was 100. Among the Top 35, 15 universities were from the USA and six from the UK. Montanuniversität is the only university in the German-speaking area to be ranked top.

In the survey “trendence Graduate Barometer 2018”, Montanuniversität Leoben scored 1.8 points on a satisfaction scale from 1 (very satisfied) to 7 (very dissatisfied), the Austrian average being 2.2 points. An impressive 93.9% of the interviewed students would recommend studying at Montanuniversität. The students were particularly positive about the professional competence, the availability, motivation and helpfulness of their professors, the practical relevance of their studies and the availability of literature from the university’s library. The city of Leoben was positively rated for pricing levels and its transport infrastructure.

Concerning the overall satisfaction with Montanuniversität, the findings of the student survey “Universum Talent Research 2019” is in line with the results of the survey mentioned above. On a scale from 0 (not at all satisfied) to 10 (extremely satisfied), Montanuniversität scored 7.7 points (Austrian average: 7.1), and 16 percent even awarded Montanuniversität with the highest score possible. The survey also showed that attributes such as “international recognition”, “key position within the respective subject area”, “tradition as an acacemic of center of excellence” and “prestige” were strongly associated with Montanuniversität Leoben.
In terms of career opportunities, the results are also striking: 75 percent of students studying at Montanuniversität associate "high employment rate after graduation" with their education, whereas the Austrian average is only 53 percent. This notion may result from the large amount of hands-on experience that Leoben students gain - 83 percent of MUL students have completed internships, the Austrian average is 60 percent.

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