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Dutch research universities in the world university rankings

Dutch research universities regularly take part in the most reputed worldwide university rankings, such as the Shanghai Rankings (ARWU), QS Ranking, THE Rankings, and Leiden University Rankings. These rankings help prospective students to find appropriate university and higher education programme.

Dutch Universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016

Utrecht UniversityThe 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 2016 ARWU rankings, with 12 of them scoring in the top 500 universities worldwide. Three of these universities reached the top 100 list.

The table below shows the overall and per faculty positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU rankings for 2016, nationally and worldwide. The worldwide results for each of the following fields of study are also displayed: Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Math), Engineering & Technology and Computer Sciences (Eng), Life and Agriculture Sciences (Life), Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (Med), and Social Sciences (Soc).

UniversityCountryWorldMathEngLifeMedSoc
University Utrecht 1 65 51-75   101-150 76-100 46
University of Groningen 2 72 101-150   101-150 51-75 76-100
Leiden University 3 93     151-200 41 51-75
Erasmus University Rotterdam 4-8 101-150       76-100 30
Radboud University 4-8 101-150 101-150   101-150 101-150 101-150
University of Amsterdam 4-8 101-150     101-150 32 51-75
University of Wageningen 4-8 101-150     36   101-150
VU University Amsterdam 4-8 101-150 151-200   76-100 42 32
Delft University of Technology 9 151-200 101-150 101-150     151-200
Eindhoven University of Technology 10-11 201-300   51-75      
Maastricht University 10-11 201-300       76-100 76-100
University of Twente 12 301-400   151-200      
University of Tilburg 13           101-150
* are listed by alphabet

For a detailed look at the 2016 ARWU results, please visit the Eurogates blog to read about the improvements of Dutch universities.

QS reveals top universities of the Netherlands

University of Amsterdam (UvA)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.

In the table below, see the overall results of Dutch research universities in the QS 2016-2017 Rankings and per field of science results in the 2015 year ranking. For the fields of sciences categories, the following abbreviations were used: Arts (Arts & Humanities), Eng (Engineering & Technology), Life (Life Sciences & Medicine), Nature (Natural Sciences), Social (Socials Sciences & Management).

University 2016 2015 Arts Eng Life Nature Social
University of Amsterdam 57 55 52 111 32 112 45
Delft University of Technology 62 64 146 19 318 66 201
Leiden University 102 95 40 260 58 110 126
Utrecht University  104 94 101 234 44 86 149
University of Groningen 113 100 179 311 87 180 193
Wageningen University 119 135     83 167 333
Eindhoven University of Technology 121 117   104   139  
Erasmus University Rotterdam 144 126 253 374 45   40
Maastricht University 173 169 349   84   114
University of Twente 177 188   204   211 381
Radboud University 190 177 240   92 326 265
VU University Amsterdam 199 176 142 288 165 251 172
Tilburg University 330 293 358       115

Time Higher Education ranks Dutch Universities

Wageningen University. Photo from the university's Facebook pageTimes 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%). In 2015, THE increased number of universities they rate from 400 to 800.

The table below contains overall and per category positions of Dutch research universities in the THE World University Rankings for 2015-2016. THE revealed top 100 universities in the world for the following fields of sciences: Engineering & Technology (Eng), Social Sciences (Soc), Life Sciences (Life), Arts & Humanities (Arts), Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health (Health), and Physical Sciences (Phys).

Dutch Universities in the THE Rankings 2015-2016

University 2015 2014 Eng Soc Life Arts Health Phys
Wageningen University 47 73     16      
University of Amsterdam 58 77   32 61 30 52  
Utrecht University 62 79   49 43 37 64  
Delft University of Technology 65 71 19   48      
Leiden University 67 64       17 49 71
Erasmus University Rotterdam 71 72   63     36  
University of Groningen 74 117   59 63   82  
Maastricht University 88 101   79     44  
Radboud University 125 140     100 94 87 80
University of Twente 149 201-250 82          
VU University Amsterdam 154 136            
Eindhoven University of Technology 176 144 62          
Tilburg University 201-250 276-300   65        

Read also about positions of Dutch Universities in the THE Rankings and global trends in our blog section.

Times Higher Education also publishes the annual THE World Reputation Rankings of top 100 universities which is based on invitation-only academic survey. In 2016, there were five Dutch research universities in this ranking with Delft University of Technology scoring for the best results (in the group of 51-60th places). The University of Amsterdam was placed in the 61-70 group, Leiden University shared places from 81st to 90th, and Wageningen University & Research Centre and Utrecht University were ranked in the 91-100 group.

Leiden University ranks Netherlands Universities

Leiden UniversityThe Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University publishes a ranking of the scientific authority of the top 800 universities in the world each year. These rankings are based on the citation rate of universities in international publications.

Leiden University also ranks universities per fields of science. In 2016, 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 2016 ranking and compare with the 2015 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 2016 2015 Med Life Math Eng Hum
Utrecht University 51 60 76 57 358 282 28
University of Amsterdam 70 68 39 297 277 413 10
University of Groningen 87 120 70 216 291 249 41
VU University Amsterdam 97 64 62 208 389 655 30
Erasmus University Rotterdam 102 88 42 663 477   35
Radboud University 109 127 61 362 567 495 53
Leiden University 128 52 76 383 526 320 96
Wageningen University 192 92 376 3   580 177
TU Delft 208 102 619 169 61 83 209
Maastricht University 232 108 101       88
TU Eindhoven 313 118 650   89 122 297
University of Twente 350 126 541 397 240 208 191
Tilburg University 726 163 644   609   76


See also: Rankings of Dutch universities of applied sciences

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