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Dutch education system ranked 7th in the Universitas21 ranking 2016

Rankings 20 May 2016, 08:51

Universitas 21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Fifth 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)Universitas 21, a worldwide consortium of leading research universities, has issued the rankings of countries, which offer higher education for international students. Fifth 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 2016 the Netherlands retained its overall 7th position with 81.6 points, ahead of Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, and France. As in the first four reports, United States became the leader of this ranking. Switzerland maintained in the 2nd position, followed by Denmark, UK, and Sweden.

Ranking methodology

During this research Universitas 21 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 one place since 2015 and became 11th with 79.0 points, higher than UK, Australia, Belgium, and Germany. The first three places belonged to Denmark (100), Singapore (93.9) and United States (92.7).

NHTV Breda University of Applied SciencesIn the environment category the Netherlands also lost one position and became 5th. 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 11 countries in a range from 90 to 100 points with United States, Hong Kong SAR, and Finland 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 2 positions since 2015 and was ranked 6th with 81.8, ahead of US, Canada, Australia, and most of European countries. Switzerland (100), Denmark (88.1) and Austria (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 moved up by one position and was ranked on the 8th place with 60.9 points. Unquestionable leader here is the US, only two-third of this country’s points received UK(69.8) and Australia (63.0).

See the overall ranking list of the first 25 countries.

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