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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 4th edition of the Social Progress Index (SPI) was recently published, revealing the best and worst countries worldwide in terms of the social and environmental health of the population. The Netherlands was ranked 8th overall in the list of 133 countries, improving slightly from the 9th place spot the country held in last year’s edition of the index.


Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) has recently published its ranking of the top 800 universities in the world. These rankings assessed the scientific impact of universities by identifying how often they were cited in articles and reviews during recent years.


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.


The World Economics Forum has published its Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) for 2015-2016. The Netherlands improved by 3 positions since last year’s GCI, taking 5th place overall.



The 4thd edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report was published on March 20th, ranking happiness in 157 countries around the world. In this year’s edition, the Netherlands remained in the 7th place overall. In the first two editions of the report the country was placed in the 4th position.


Through the Orientation Year residence permit, graduates from Dutch universities are able to remain in the Netherlands for an additional year after completing their study to find a job in their field of expertise. Starting in 2016, new rules will apply to this residence permit, helping graduates of Dutch and international universities start their career in the Netherlands.


Many newcomers to the Netherlands are required to have an entry visa and residence permit of some sort in order to live and work in the country. One such visa that’s being offered by the Dutch government is the new start-up visa.


The Elsevier Magazine has published the annual rankings for 2015, assessing top Dutch universities of applied sciences and research universities in the Netherlands. The score of each university is heavily based on the results of the annual National Student Questionnaire.


Times Higher Education published the 2015-2016 edition of its World University Rankings on September 30th. 10 out of 13 Dutch research universities improved their positions in this year’s list and 8 of the institutions made it into the top 100 of the overall ranking. Last year’s results had 6 Dutch universities in the top 100.