Dutch Research Universities regularly take part in the most reputed worldwide university rankings, such as the Shanghai ranking (ARWU), QS and THE rankings, and Leiden University ranking. These rankings aim to help prospective students in finding proper institute for their further academic education.
Dutch Universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai ranking, is the oldest ranking of the top academic universities worldwide. ARWU assesses over 1,200 institutions and publishes a ranked list of the best 500 every year.
The following criteria make up the ARWU ranking scores: quality of education, quality of faculty, research output, and per capita performance. The list also takes into account how many times research articles from university staff members are issued or quoted in reputed scientific journals, known as the citation index. The number of awards received by academic staff and graduates is another factor included in the ranking’s assessment.
13 Dutch research universities were assessed in the 2015 ARWU rankings, with 12 of them scoring in the top 500 universities worldwide. 4 of these universities reached the top 100 list.
The table below shows the overall positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU rankings for 2015 and 2014, nationally and worldwide. The worldwide results for each of the following subjects are also displayed: Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SCI), Engineering & Technology and Computer Sciences (ENG), Life and Agriculture Sciences (LIFE), Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (MED), Social Sciences (SOC), and Economics & Business (ECON).
For a detailed look at the 2015 ARWU results, please visit the Eurogates blog to read about the improvements of Dutch universities.
|VU University Amsterdam||
* are listed by alphabet
QS and THE reveal top universities of the Netherlands
QS World University Ranking is based on the following indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), student's amount per teacher (20%), citations per faculty (20%), amount of international staff and students (both 5%). On May 15th, 2013, the QS World University Rankings became the first worldwide ranking to receive approval from the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). The ‘IREG label’ proves transparency in the methodology used to assess universities and professionality in the compiling of results. See detailed results of Dutch universities in the QS rankings 2014 per field of study and in the subject categories.
Times Higher Education (THE) started publishing a new ranking with methodology developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters in 2010, known as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It shapes from the following factors: citation index (30%), scope and research reputation (30%), student's amount per tutors and learning environment (30%), part of international students and teaching staff (7.5%), and incomes from industry (2.5%). See also positions of Dutch Universities in certain subjects as well as global rankings results in our blog section.
Dutch Universities in the QS and THE rankings 2014
|Institution||2014 (QS)||2013 (QS)||2012 (QS)||2014 (THE)||2013 (THE)||2012 (THE)|
|University of Amsterdam||50||58||62||77||83||83|
|Delft University of Technology||86||95||103||71||69||77|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||90||92||99||72||73||72|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||147||157||158||144||106||114|
|University of Groningen||90||97||109||117||98||89|
|University of Twente||212||228||224||201-250||170||187|
|Radboud University Nijmegen||156||143||136||140||131||127|
Times also publishes the annual THE World Reputation Rankings of top 100 universities which is based on invitation-only academic survey. In 2015, there were five Dutch research universities in this ranking with Delft University of Technology and the University of Amsterdam scoring for the best results (in the group of 51-60th places). Leiden University and Wageningen University & Research Centre shared places from 61st to 70th, while Utrecht University was ranked in the 71-80 group.
Leiden University ranks Netherlands Universities
The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University publishes a ranking of the scientific authority of the 750 top universities in the world each year. These rankings are based on the citation rate of universities in international publications.
Starting from 2013, the Leiden ranking has also added a list of positions per fields of science for each university. In 2015, the fields included are biomedical and health sciences (Med), life and earth sciences (Life), Mathematics and Computer Sciences (Math), physical sciences and engineering (Eng), and social sciences and humanities (Hum).
See the table below for the positions of Dutch universities in the Leiden 2015 ranking and compare with the 2014 ranking results. For the list of fields of science, the national positions of universities were used (with worldwide result in brackets). The overall rankings can be seen in the first two columns.
|University||World 2015||World 2014||Country||Med||Life||Math||Eng||Hum|
|Leiden University||52||53||1||1 (49)||7||6||2||3|
|Utrecht University||60||77||2||6||2||3||1 (30)||4|
|VU University Amsterdam||64||64||3||3||3||10||4||2|
|University of Amsterdam||68||81||4||4||4||5||3||1 (54)|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||88||85||5||2||10||2||10||8|
|University of Groningen||120||120||10||7||6||11||7||9|
|University of Twente||126||102||11||10||9||1 (83)||8||10|
|Radboud University||127||97||12||8||1 (47)||4||9||6|
Read about various rankings of the The Netherlands and their institutions in our blog section.