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Rankings of universities of The Netherlands

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. First of all 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 2013

Utrecht UniversityThe ARWU, also known as the Shanghai rankings, is the oldest ranking, assessing quality of top 1000 academic universities worldwide. The best 500 of those are included in the overall ARWU ranking list.

The first criteria of the ARWU ranking includes how many times the research articles of an university staff are issued or quoted (the citation index) in reputed scientific journals. The second criteria is the number of awards received by academic staff and graduates. In 2013 13 Dutch research universities participated in the ARWU rankings. 12 of them made top 400 while Tilburg University performed very well in their specialising fields.

In the table below you can find positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU rankings 2013 nationally and worldwide, overall and per following fields of sciences: 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).

InstitutionCountryWorldSCIENGLIFEMEDSOCECON
1
52 42   51-75 101-150 76-100 151-200
2
74 76-100   76-100 35 151-200  
3
92 101-150   76-100 101-150 76-100 76-100
4-7
101-150 151-200   101-150 101-150 151-200  
4-7
101-150 101-150   151-200 43 50 51-75
4-7
101-150     32   101-150  
4-7
101-150 151-200   76-100 48 76-100 76-100
8
151-200       51-75 51-75 44
9-10
201-300   101-150        
9-10
201-300       101-150 101-150 101-150
11-12
301-400   51-75        
11-12
301-400   76-100        
            76-100 47
*  are listed by alphabet

QS and THE reveal Top universities of The Netherlands

University of AmsterdamQS World University Ranking is based on the following indicators: scientific research (40%), employer reputation (10%), student's amount per teacher (20%), citations per faculty (20%), amount of international staff and students (both 5%).  See also detailed information about university positions in QS ranking per field of studies.

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 top Dutch Universities in certain fields of sciences as well as results of some European countries in our blog section.

Dutch Universities in QS and THE rankings

Institution2013 (QS)2012 (QS)2013 (THE)2012 (THE)
University of Amsterdam 58 62 83 83
Leiden University 74 75 67 64
Utrecht University 81 85 74 67
Delft University of Technology 95 103 69 77
Erasmus University Rotterdam 92 99 73 72
Maastricht University 121 107 98 115
Eindhoven University of Technology 157 158 106 114
University of Groningen 97 109 98 89
Wageningen University 150 161 77 70
VU Amsterdam 181 92 144 140
University of Twente 228 224 170 187
Radboud University Nijmegen 143 136 131 127
Tilburg University 373 401  226-250 201-225

Times also publishes the annual THE World Reputation Rankings which is based on invitation-only academic opinion survey. In 2014 four Dutch research universities made the top 100 of this ranking with Delft University of Technology scoring the best result (42nd place). The University of Amsterdam has moved up comparing with the last year results and tied for the 71-80 position, while Leiden and Utrecht Universities were placed in the 81-90 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 500 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. The fields included are biomedical and health sciences (BH), life and earth sciences (LE), mathematics and computer science (MC), natural sciences and engineering (NE), and social sciences and humanities (SH).

See the table below for the positions of Dutch universities in the Leiden 2013 ranking and compare with the 2012 ranking results. For the list of fields of science, the national positions of universities were used. The worldwide rankings can be seen in the first two columns.

 University World 2013 World 2012  Country  BH LE MC NE SH
Leiden University 58 100 1 6 6 3 1 (23) 3
Utrecht University 64 92 2 5 1 (53) 8 2 6
Wageningen University & Research Centre 78 69 3 4 8 - 7 4
VU University Amsterdam 83 75 4 1 (64) 3 7 9 2
TU Eindhoven 94 84 5 12 - 5 6 9
Erasmus University Rotterdam 96 74 6 3 4 1 (75) - 7
University of Amsterdam 103 104 7 9 7 4 3 1 (44)
University of Twente 111 64 8 2 10 2 8 11
Radboud University Nijmegen 114 183 9 8 2 10 4 8
Maastricht University 123 206 10 12 5 - - 5
University of Groningen 139 148 11 10 9 9 5 10
TU Delft 164 115 12 11 11 6 10 12

Read about other ranking achievements of the The Netherlands and their institutions in our blog section.

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