Identifying the Best: The CHE ExcellenceRanking 2010The CHE Centre for Higher Education Development has designed an “ExcellenceRanking”, a
ranking of a selected group of European Universities. The CHE applied a two-step approach
for analysis. First, all European departments in the surveyed fields were compared by a few
general indicators. Second, for those departments that excelled in these indicators, an indepth
analysis was run based on an institutional questionnaire and a student survey.
The first issue of the ranking, released in 2007, concentrated on the natural sciences and
mathematics. The second issue, released in 2009, was dedicated to economics, political
science and psychology. In 2010, the study was repeated for the natural sciences. This
paper covers the results from the 2009 and 2010 issues.