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Dutch education system ranked 8th in the Universitas21 ranking 2017

Rankings 30 May 2017, 13:13

Universitas21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Sixth 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. Sixth 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 2017 the Netherlands lost 1 position and became 8th with 80.0 points, ahead of Finland, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, and France. As in the first five reports, United States became the leader of this ranking. Switzerland maintained in the 2nd position, followed by UK, Denmark and Sweden.

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 down by two places since 2016 and became 13th with 82.6 points, higher than UK, Australia, Belgium, France, and Germany. The first three places belonged to Sweden (100), Denmark (98.2) and Canada (96.3).

NHTV Breda University of Applied SciencesIn the environment category the Netherlands lost four positions and became 9th. 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. The results are very compact here, containing 8 countries in a range from 90 to 100 points with United States, New Zealand and Australia on the first three places.

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 Holland improved the result by one position since 2016 and was ranked 5th with 81.9 points, ahead of US, Canada, Australia, and most of European countries. Switzerland (100), UK (87.0) and Austria (85.6) 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 60.0 points. Unquestionable leader here is the US, only two-third of this country’s points received UK (69.o) and Australia (64.0).

See the overall ranking list of the first 25 countries.

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