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Dutch education system ranked 6th in the Universitas21 ranking 2018

Rankings 24 July 2018, 18:53

Universitas21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Seventh year in a row these rankings evaluated various criteria of national education systems as well as their progress and global impact.

Students at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)Universitas21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Seventh year in a row these rankings evaluated various criteria of national education systems as well as their progress and global impact.

Compared to last year result, in 2018 the Netherlands gained 2 positions and is now tied for 6th with 79.7 points, ahead of Canada, Singapore, Australia, Austria, Norway, Belgium, Germany, and France. As in the first six reports, United States became the leader of this ranking. Switzerland maintained in the 2nd position, followed by UK, Sweden and Denmark.

Ranking methodology

During this research Universitas21 assessed education systems of 50 countries by 24 attributes, which were grouped into four main categories: resources (20%), environment (20%), connectivity (20%), and output (40%). First place in each category scored 100 points and the results of other countries were calculated as a fraction of the first place result.

Rankings by category

Expenses of the government, private companies, and tertiary institutions spent on higher education define the resources category, which is calculated as an amount of funds per student. Among all categories this one has the highest impact on the output of higher education in a country. Here the Netherlands moved up by two places since 2017 and became 11th with 83.1 points, higher than UK, Australia, Belgium, France, and Germany. The first three places belonged to Switzerland (100), Sweden (99.3) and Singapore (97.2).

NHTV Breda University of Applied SciencesIn the environment category the Netherlands maintained it 9th position. This category identifies how favourable policy and regulations are in a country and how efficiently national education draws assigned funds. Gender balance of students and staff is also taken into account. United States are 1st in this category with 100.0 points, followed by Australia (94.3 points) and New Zealand (93.9). 

Most important parameters in the connectivity category include the number of overseas students and frequency of research publications, written in cooperation with international authors. In this chart Netherlands improved the result by one position since 2017 and was ranked 4th with 84.2 points, ahead of US, Canada, Australia, and most of European countries. Switzerland (100), Austria (91.6) and UK (87.5) became the first three leaders in this ranking.

Output category embodies such variables as quality and impact of academic research, presence of international universities, level of proficiency of staff and graduates, and employment rate. In this category, the Netherlands retained on the 8th place with 59.7 points. Unquestionable leader here is the US, second-place UK trails them by thirty points (70.1) and Australia is third (64.7).

See the overall ranking list of the first 25 countries.

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