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
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 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).
|University of Groningen||2||72||101-150||101-150||51-75||76-100|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||4-8||101-150||76-100||30|
|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|
|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
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 of Amsterdam||57||55||52||111||32||112||45|
|Delft University of Technology||62||64||146||19||318||66||201|
|University of Groningen||113||100||179||311||87||180||193|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||121||117||104||139|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||144||126||253||374||45||40|
|University of Twente||177||188||204||211||381|
|VU University Amsterdam||199||176||142||288||165||251||172|
Time Higher Education ranks Dutch Universities
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%). 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 of Amsterdam||58||77||32||61||30||52|
|Delft University of Technology||65||71||19||48|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||71||72||63||36|
|University of Groningen||74||117||59||63||82|
|University of Twente||149||201-250||82|
|VU University Amsterdam||154||136|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||176||144||62|
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
The 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 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|
|University of Twente||350||126||541||397||240||208||191|