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Dutch universities in the rankings of the top world universities

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 2014

Utrecht UniversityThe ARWU, also known as the Shanghai rankings, is the oldest ranking, assessing quality of over 1,200 top academic universities worldwide. The best 500 of those are included in the overall ARWU ranking list.

The criteria of the ARWU ranking are following: quality of education, quality of faculty, research output, and per capita performance. The ranking counts how many times research articles of the university's staff are issued or quoted (the citation index) in reputed scientific journals. The number of awards received by academic staff and graduates is also taken into account. In 2014, 13 Dutch research universities participated in the ARWU rankings and all of them made the top 500. Four of them has also made the top 100, compared with the three in 2013. See detailed improvements of Dutch universities in the 2014 ARWU in our blog section.

In the table below you can find the overall positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU rankings 2014, nationally and in the world. You can also see their worldwide results 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
57 40   51-75 51-75 51-75 101-150
2
77 101-150   101-150 30 76-100  
3
82 101-150 101-150 101-150 76-100 76-100 76-100
VU University Amsterdam
4
100 151-200   76-100 40 47 76-100
5-7
101-150 101-150   101-150 101-150 101-150  
5-7
101-150 101-150   151-200 37 39 76-100
5-7
101-150     33   151-200  
8
151-200       51-75 44 28
9-10
201-300   101-150        
9-10
201-300       76-100 76-100 101-150
11-12
301-400   46        
11-12
301-400   101-150     151-200  
 13 401-500         76-100 45
*  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: 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 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

Institution2014 (QS)2013 (QS)2012 (QS)2013 (THE)2012 (THE)
University of Amsterdam 50 58 62 83 83
Leiden University 75 74 75 67 64
Utrecht University 80 81 85 74 67
Delft University of Technology 86 95 103 69 77
Erasmus University Rotterdam 90 92 99 73 72
Maastricht University 118 121 107 98 115
Eindhoven University of Technology 147 157 158 106 114
University of Groningen 90 97 109 98 89
Wageningen University 151 150 161 77 70
VU Amsterdam 171 181 92 144 140
University of Twente 212 228 224 170 187
Radboud University Nijmegen 156 143 136 131 127
Tilburg University 367 373 401  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 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 2014, the fields included are cognitive sciences (CS), earth and environmental sciences (ES), life sciences (LS), mathematics, computer science & engineering (MC), medical sciences (MS), natural sciences (NS), and social sciences (SS).

See the table below for the positions of Dutch universities in the Leiden 2014 ranking and compare with the 2013 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 2014 World 2013  Country  CS ES LS MC MS NS SS
Leiden University 53 58 1 8 - 4 1 (7) 2 1 (49) 1 (15)
VU University Amsterdam 64 83 2 3 2 9 10 1 (38) 5 3
Utrecht University 77 64 3 5 1 (26) 1 (54) 2 9 3 4
University of Amsterdam 81 103 4 1 (59) 6 6 9 4 8 2
Erasmus University Rotterdam 85 96 5 6 - 2 4 3 - 7
Wageningen University & Research Centre 93 78 6 - 4 5 - 10 10 5
TU Eindhoven 94 94 7 - - - 8 11 2 11
Radboud University Nijmegen 97 114 8 4 - 3 6 6 6 8
University of Twente 102 111 9 11 3 11 3 8 7 9
Maastricht University 110 123 10 2 - 7 - 5 - 12
University of Groningen 120 139 11 9 - 8 5 7 9 6
TU Delft 148 164 12 10 5 10 7 12 4 13
Tilburg University 252 - 13  7 - - - - - 10

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

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