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
The 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).
|VU University Amsterdam||
* are listed by alphabet
QS and THE reveal 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. 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
|Institution||2014 (QS)||2013 (QS)||2012 (QS)||2013 (THE)||2012 (THE)|
|University of Amsterdam||50||58||62||83||83|
|Delft University of Technology||86||95||103||69||77|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||90||92||99||73||72|
|Eindhoven University of Technology||147||157||158||106||114|
|University of Groningen||90||97||109||98||89|
|University of Twente||212||228||224||170||187|
|Radboud University Nijmegen||156||143||136||131||127|
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
The 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|
|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|
|University of Groningen||120||139||11||9||-||8||5||7||9||6|
Read about other ranking achievements of the The Netherlands and their institutions in our blog section.