Campus - 06.09.2011 - 00:00 

HSG maintains position in Top Ten

In the latest ranking published by the Handelsblatt, the School of Economics and Political Science of the University of St.Gallen is again among the best. It came ninth among all the universities in the German-speaking area.


5 September 2011. The Handelsblatt again examined and graded research in economics at universities in the German-speaking area. The HSG occupies 9th place among all the universities of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first place went to the University of Mannheim, which was followed by the University of Zurich and the LMU Munich.

Lechner and Kirchgässner

According to the Handelsblatt Ranking of the “Top 100 Current Research Performers” in German-speaking Europe, the HSG’s top researcher is Prof. Dr. Michael Lechner (17th). In the individual ranking of the “Top 250 Life Work”, Lechner with his fields, econometrics and health economics, occupies 32nd place. The best HSG researcher in this category is Prof. Dr. Gebhard Kirchgässner (theory of science, economic policy) 22nd place.

Strong young researchers

In the “Top 100 under 40 Years of Age” category, the two HSG researchers Prof. Dr. Uwe Sunde (12th; behavioural economics, political economics) and Prof. Dr. Francesco Audrino (17th; statistics) are classed in the best positions. With Prof. Dr. Reto Föllmi (39th; growth and distribution theory, international economics) and Prof. Dr. Enrico De Giorgi (58th; finance), the HSG is present with another two strong researchers among the best young researchers.

HSG researchers in the “Top 100 Current Research Performers”:

Michael Lechner (17th), Uwe Sunde (39th).

HSG researchers in the category “Top 250 Life Work”:

Gebhard Kirchgässner (22nd), Michael Lechner (32nd), Paul Söderlind (82nd; finance), Christian Keuschnigg (86th; finance), Manfred Gärtner (111th; political economics, applied macroeconomics), Uwe Sunde (166th), Martin Kolmar (168th; theoretical microeconomics), Simon J. Evenett (199th; international economics), Francesco Audrino (221st).

HSG researchers in the category “Top 100 under 40 Years of Age”:

Uwe Sunde (12th), Francesco Audrino (17th), Reto Föllmi (39th.), Enrico De Giorgi (58th; finance).

 The HSG in rankings
University rankings can now be found for all fields of activity: teaching, research and executive education. The objects of rankings are individual courses, disciplines, programme types or a university as a whole. There are rankings at a national level, at the level of the linguistic area, at a European level and at a global level. With regard to ranking objectives and methods, there is a similarly great diversity as there is among the providers of rankings. Here, the media are playing an increasingly big part as providers besides the educational institutions. What is understood by quality and education is correspondingly diverse and varied. The same applies to measuring methods.

Three central rankings
Owing to the great number of rankings, whose quality, expressiveness and significance are not always relevant to the University of St.Gallen, a selection of and a concentration on certain rankings is inevitable. For the HSG, three rankings are key:
- The Financial Times Rankings for executive education (and in parts also for degree-course education),
- the CHE Rankings for degree-course education,
- the Handelsblatt Rankings for research.

There are numerous rankings that make no sense for the University of St.Gallen because they compare big full universities with small specialised universities like the HSG, because they are based on peculiarities of science and medical faculties that are not represented at our University or because they are problematical for methodological reasons. These include rankings such as the Shanghai Ranking and the QS World University Ranking.


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