The University of Munich is the best university in Germany according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The ARWU is published by the Institute of Higher Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and several indicators of academic or research performance are used to establish the ranking, these include highly cited researchers, articles indexed in major citation indices and staff winning Nobel Prizes.
There are twenty-nine German universities in the Word's Top-500 universities (2008). The Top-5 universities in Germany are: 1. University of Munich (ranked 55th in the world); 2. Technology University of Munich (ranked 57th); 3. University of Heidelberg (67th); 4. University of Gottingen (90th); and 5. University of Freiburg (96th). The University of Munich has been the best university in Germany since 2005.
Compared to other OECD countries, Germany has an average density of top universities: 0.5 universities per 1 million inmates in Germany compared to 0.4 for all OECD countries as a whole.
The University of Munich or the Ludwig-Maximillians Universität Münich (LMU) is a public university that was established in 1472 (with a papal concession). It is a large university with 44,405 student (63% female). International students represent 15% of the student population and the University is a member of the German Excellence Universities.
The university is located in the beautiful city of Munich, which is in the south of Germany. It is a city with great museums, a dynamic economy and a high quality of life. For more information about the University of Munich.