According to the best known international university rankings, the University of Bern is one of the top 200. The University acknowledges the rankings and monitors their development. Nevertheless, the results of the rankings are not decisive for the university's quality management (QAD).
The method of evaluation by which a university is rated differs from ranking to ranking. The overall rating is usually based on the weighting of somewhat controversial indicators. It is mainly statistical data regarding students, staff and finance as well as bibliometric key figures and reputation scores that are being used. Amongst the most renowned rankings are the 'Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities', the 'THE World University Ranking' and the 'QS World University Ranking'.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and swissuniversities provide an overview of the university rankings and the results of Swiss universities: