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Universities in The Netherlands aim to contribute their research to economic and society, and each of them does this its own way. But how successful are they in this area? Valorisation Ranking, recently published by ScienceWorks and Elsevier for the second time, attempts to find an answer for this question.


Holland is ranked 8th in the Better Life Index ranking that was recently published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This ranking compared the quality of life in the 36 most developed countries in the world.


Education First, a private company focusing on the link between education and language skills across the globe, recently released its 2012 English Proficiency Index (EPI) report. This report measures the English proficiency of people in non-English speaking countries. The Netherlands ranks 3rd globally.


A trend seems to be developing at research universities in the Netherlands where international students now make up around 12% of the total student population in the country.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit climbs to 33rd place in the annual Financial Times Ranking of European Business Schools in 2012 and becomes the only Dutch Business School that improved last year result.



The Dutch weekly magazine, Elsevier, recently revealed the best study programmes in the Netherlands. The 2012 rankings come as a result of the National Student Survey (NSE), where 170,000 students and 2,000 professors and senior lecturers were asked to give their opinions.


The Netherlands has risen in the rankings of the Global Competitiveness Report for 2012-2013. This year’s ranking only further confirms the Dutch position as an economic powerhouse.


The number of international students who come to study in Holland has been grown by 6,6% in 2012. In the past study year 656,359 students were enrolled and 81,700 of them came from abroad. Currently the amount of foreign students has grown up to 87,100, making up 13% of the student population of 666,859.


Breukelen, May 16, 2007 – Nyenrode is the only Dutch business school listed on the Financial Times’ annually-published international ranking of open-enrolment programs for managers and entrepreneurs.


Dutch universities are placed on the second place in Europe after Great Britain on the reputation ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings with 5 Research Universities in TOP-100.