The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, recently released their 2016 edition of the top 500 universities in the world. Many of the Netherlands’ research institutions, which offer higher education for international students, maintained their high standings and good reputation. Some of the institutions improved their overall global positions and also excelled in specific subjects and fields of science.
The Shanghai Ranking (ARWU) is an annual ranking that has been published since 2003. It uses six objective indicators to rank more than 1,200 universities across the globe. These indicators also include the number of frequently cited researchers chosen by Thomson Scientific, the number of articles published in Nature and Science journals, and per capita performance based on the size of an institution.
Top 10 in ARWU 2016
American universities continued to dominate the 2016 ranking with Harvard University topping the list for the 14th year in a row. There were only 2 institutions from outside of the US in the top 10 this year, the British universities of Cambridge (4th place) and Oxford (7th place).
Results of Dutch universities
This year’s results reaffirm the good reputation and high-quality education provided by Dutch research universities. Three of these institutions have made ARWU’s top 100 and 12 out of 13 were placed among the best 500 universities in the world.
Each university is assessed in comparison with other universities around the world in both broad and specific subject fields. Some of the Dutch academic universities improved their scores this year compared with last year’s results, especially in the Social Sciences and Clinical Medicine fields. A summary of each Dutch university’s results in the 2016 ARWU can be found below.
1. Utrecht University improved its positions in Social Sciences (from 51-75 group to 46th place), but fell slightly in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (76-100 this year), Life and Agriculture Sciences (101-150) and Natural Sciences & Mathematics (51-75 from 45th). In the overall rating list the university decreased by 9 positions became 65th worldwide.
2. The University of Groningen continued to climb in the overall list ranking 72nd in 2016, 3 positions higher than last year. In most categories the university had the same results last year’s ranking, except for the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy where it moved from 76-100 to the 51-75 group.
3. Leiden University is the 3rd Dutch university to make it into the top 100 of the global ARWU list. It maintained high poisitions in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy (41st place in the world) and Social Sciences (51-75). The university’s overall position was 93rd, 11 places lower than in 2015.
4-8. Erasmus University moved from 151-200 to the 101-151 group containing five Dutch universities at once. Its most notable improvement relates to the Social Science field (30th from 44th).
4-8. Radboud University maintained its 101-150 ranking range from last year, both in the global ARWU list and in the specific subjects of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Life and Agriculture Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, and Social Sciences.
4-8. The University of Amsterdam climbed the ranking in the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy field (32nd from 37th). Its overall position was the same as last year (in the 101-150 group).
4-8. The University of Wageningen has rankings in just two broad subject fields. In Life and Agricultural Sciences the institution fell by 7 positions in 2016 and became 36th. Another field was Social Sciences where it maintained the 101-150 position. Even with the institution’s focused specialisation, it still ranked in the 101-150 range overall.
4-8. VU University Amsterdam moved down to the 101-150 group from last year’s 98th place and fell out of top 100. It still improved in the Social Science category (32nd from 43rd) and maintained top 50 position in the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy subject field (42nd from 41st).
9. Delft University of Technology gained several positions to move from 201-300 to the 151-200 group. It remained in the 101-150 range in the Engineering &Technology and Computer Sciences study field, but also became 101-150 in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category for the first time in ARWU.
10-11. Eindhoven University of Technology also improved in the overall list this year, from 301-400 to the 201-300 place. In its specialised category, Engineering &Technology and Computer Sciences, the university fell slightly from 49th position to the 51-75 group.
12. The University of Twente (301-400) was ranked 151-200 in the Engineering &Technology and Computer Sciences field.
13. Tilburg University didn’t make it into the overall top 500 this year but scored high points in the Social Sciences field (101-150).
The complete list showing the overall positions of Dutch universities in the ARWU Rankings for 2016, as well as rankings by specific subject, can be found on the ‘University Rankings’ page.