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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 2018

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. As of 2018, the ranking also publishes an additional list of 500 universities ranked on the 501-1000 place — ARWU World Top 500 Candidates.

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.

The table below shows the overall positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU rankings for 2018, nationally and worldwide. The table also displays positions of universities in the ARWU rankings 2016 in the following fields of science: 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 51 51-75   101-150 76-100 46
University of Groningen 2 66 101-150   101-150 51-75 76-100
Leiden University 3 74     151-200  41 51-75 
Erasmus University Rotterdam 4 79       76-100 30
Radboud University 5-8 101-150 101-150   101-150 101-150 101-150
University of Amsterdam 5-8 101-150     101-150 32 51-75
University of Wageningen 5-8 101-150     36   101-150
VU University Amsterdam 5-8 101-150 151-200   76-100 42 32
Delft University of Technology 9 151-200 101-150 101-150     151-200
Maastricht University 10 201-300       76-100 76-100
Eindhoven University of Technology 11 301-400   51-75      
University of Twente 12-13 501-600   151-200      
University of Tilburg 12-13 501-600         101-150
* are listed by alphabet

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 2018 2017 Arts Eng Life Nature Social
Delft University of Technology 52 54 130 22 348 71 194
University of Amsterdam 57 58 49   34 113 52
Eindhoven University of Technology 99 104 319 103   181  
University of Groningen 120 113 149 303 75 178 139
Leiden University 122 =109 42 310 65 141 156
Utrecht University 124  =109 120 261 44 101 150
Wageningen University 125 124
    71 213 330
University of Twente 172 179   220 401-450 243 357
Erasmus University Rotterdam 179 147
267 451-500 51   51
Radboud University 204 204 234   113 315 401-450
Maastricht University 211 200
    101   162
VU University Amsterdam 231 218
184   177 235 185
Tilburg University 319 357 451-500       152

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 comprises 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 2017, THE ranking includes 1,000 top universities in the world.

The table below contains overall and per category positions of Dutch research universities in the THE World University Rankings for 2017-2018. THE also reveals top 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), Physical Sciences (Phys), Education (Educ), Law (Law) and Psychology (Psyc)

Dutch Universities in the THE Rankings 2017-2018

University 2018 2017 Econ Eng Comp Soc Life Arts Health Phys Educ Law Psyc
University of Amsterdam 59 63 51    66  20   31 48 101-125 57 23 14
Delft University of Technology 63 59   18 42   176-200     47 75    
Wageningen University 64 65   101-125    53 20   84 66      
Leiden University 67 77        67   25 51 70   20  
Utrecht University 68 86     251-300 42 59 60 56 48 31 34 52
Erasmus University Rotterdam 72 69 24     69   151-175 40     67  
University of Groningen 83 80 65   101-125 80 78 79 89 101-125 88 73 29
Maastricht University 103 94 56   201-250 101-125 101-125 126-150 69   56 61 64
Radboud University 122 121 151-175    176-200   126-150 87 101-125 101-125     42
Eindhoven University of Technology 141 177   51 64 151-175   151-175   101-125      
VU University Amsterdam 165 156 95   151-175  101-125 126-150 151-175 151-175  151-175     58
University of Twente 179 153 126-150  101-125  74  86       176-200      
Tilburg University 195 198 21     101-125    126-150 401-500     36 54

Times Higher Education also publishes the annual THE World Reputation Rankings of top 100 universities which is based on invitation-only academic survey. In 2018, there are five Dutch research universities in this ranking:

  • Delft University of Technology (51st-60th places),
  • The University of Amsterdam (61-70)
  • Leiden University, (71-80)
  • Utrecht University (81-90)
  • Wageningen University (91-100)

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 2018, 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 2018 ranking and compare with the 2017 ranking results.

University 2018 2017 Med Life Math Eng Hum
Utrecht University 67 59 42 45 471 334 23
University of Amsterdam 77 74 45 222 252 249 7
University of Groningen 94 89 74 237 371 200 38
VU University Amsterdam 109 103 66 170 364 557 17
Erasmus University Rotterdam 114 102 46 627 481 874 37
Radboud University 117 109 71 303 566 271 48
Leiden University 129 122 80 355 521 210 85
Wageningen University 196 183 407 4 804 642 150
TU Delft 206 203 678 144 73 97 217
Maastricht University 237 221 101 788 741 880 65
TU Eindhoven 357 329 695 844 87 175 371
University of Twente 393 376 583 425 271 277 218
Tilburg University 830 775 710   715   70


See also: Rankings of Dutch universities of applied sciences

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