According to the "Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings", the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), the Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) belong to the top seven universities in Germany. Ranked 4th, 5th and 7th, respectively, they each claim higher positions in comparison with the results of previous years.

A total of 41 universities in Germany are listed among the very best in the world, and the three Berlin universities appear among the top 85 with the HU achieving 57th place, the FU 75th place and the TU 82nd place. In addition, the HU and the FU have been ranked among the 70 most prestigious universities in the world. As announced in the “THE World Reputation Rankings”, the HU and FU have been placed in groups 51 - 60 and 61 - 70, respectively.

The “THE World Reputation Rankings” is a branch of the annually published THE World University Rankings which is based on the world's largest survey of selected academics. Each institution is measured based on five categories: teaching, research, citations, international diversity and industry income.