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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 results of Dutch research universities in the QS 2017-2018 Rankings, overall and per field of science. 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 2017 2016 Arts Eng Life Nature Social
Delft University of Technology 54 62 125 20 336 85 181
University of Amsterdam 58 57 53 132 35 111 49
Eindhoven University of Technology 104 121 303 88   184  
Leiden University =109 102 49 287 71 155 146
Utrecht University  =109  104 145 246 60 131 162
University of Groningen 113
113 147 318 97 190 153
Wageningen University 124
119     82 181 302
Erasmus University Rotterdam 147
144 208 401-450 51   42
University of Twente 179
177   229 451-500 235 363
Maastricht University 200
173 349   105   128
Radboud University 204
190 226   123 305 349
VU University Amsterdam 218
199 187 314 175 293 184
Tilburg University 357 330 451-500       133

See also global QS results.

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 2016-2017. THE revealed top 100 universities in the world for the following fields of sciences: Business & Economics (Econ), Engineering & Technology (Eng), Computer Science (Comp), Social Sciences (Soc), Life Sciences (Life), Arts & Humanities (Arts), Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health (Health), and Physical Sciences (Phys).

Dutch Universities in the THE Rankings 2016-2017

University 2016 2015 Econ Eng Comp Soc Life Arts Health Phys
Delft University of Technology 59 65   20 35          58
University of Amsterdam 63 58       26 68 32 55  
Wageningen University 65 47         16      
Erasmus University Rotterdam 69 71 17     87     42  
Leiden University 77 67        85   28 54 85
University of Groningen 80 74 53     69 73 79 92  
Utrecht University 86 62     94 50 41 61 52 53
Maastricht University 94 88 49     65     59  
Radboud University 121 125     87     87    
University of Twente 153 149     61  78        
VU University Amsterdam 156 154 81              
Eindhoven University of Technology 177 176   64 75          
Tilburg University 198 201-250 11              

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 2017, there are four Dutch research universities in this ranking:

  • The University of Amsterdam,
  • Delft University of Technology (both 51-60 places),
  • Leiden University,
  • Utrecht University (both 81-90).

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 top 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 2017, 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 2017 ranking and compare with the 2016 ranking results.

University 2017 2016 Med Life Math Eng Hum
Utrecht University 59 51 37 60 460 323 28
University of Amsterdam 74 70 44 331 317 431 8
University of Groningen 89 87 69 237 364 258 37
Erasmus University Rotterdam 102 102 40 664 547   42
VU University Amsterdam 103 97 63 216 430 701 32
Radboud University 109 109 60 380 591 483 48
Leiden University 122 128 71 419 537 318 91
Wageningen University 183 192 382 3   586 176
TU Delft 203 208 633 178 66 84 197
Maastricht University 221 232 101       73
TU Eindhoven 329 313 662   95 124 332
University of Twente 376 350 571 385 278 225 189
Tilburg University 775 726 668   673   95


See also: Rankings of Dutch universities of applied sciences

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