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Rankings: UU is number 1 and number 5 in the Netherlands

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Every year, various organisations announce which university is the best in the Netherlands, Europe, or the world. Last week, both the global QS ranking and The Center for World University Rankings published their rankings. In the first ranking, Delft is the best Dutch university, in the second one the best is Utrecht University.

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UU is ranked 68th in the ranking of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), making it the best university in the Netherlands. Leiden is number 79, the University of Amsterdam 83, and Rotterdam ranks 92nd. The other Dutch universities did not make it to the top 100.

Since 2012, CWUR publishes a ranking that measures both education and research. They use public data: recognition and awards of academic staff and alumni; the number of alumni managing a top international company; numbers of publications and patents; and citations of both of these, according to the ranking page of Utrecht University.

QS ranking
Delft University of Technology and the University of Amsterdam are still the only two Dutch universities in the top 100 of the World University Ranking or QS ranking. Most other universities have dropped down on the list.

After years of rising, Delft drops back a bit in the QS ranking to position 57, while the University of Amsterdam slightly climbs again: from 64 to 61. Of the other 11 Dutch universities, 7 are losing ground. Utrecht University drops one place compared to last year, and goes from place 120 to 121.

The compilers of the QS Ranking, or World University Ranking, look at scores for research quality (citations and peer review), the staff-student ratio, and the proportion of international academic staff and students. For 40 percent, the ranking is based on reputation: the opinions of more than 100,000 experts from higher education and research. In addition, almost 50,000 employers were asked which universities deliver the most 'competent, innovative and effective graduates'. They determine 10 percent of the score.

Global Top 3
The two ranking organisations measure different values but agree on the top 3 of best universities in the world. Both have a top 3 with Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford. While Harvard leads the list of the CWUR, MIT leads the QS ranking.

QS ranking Dutch universities

 

Nederlandse universiteiten

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Delft

64

62

54

52

50

57

Amsterdam UvA

55

57

58

57

64

61

Wageningen

135

119

124

125

125

115

Eindhoven

117

121

104

99

102

120

Utrecht

94

104

109

124

120

121

Groningen

100

113

113

120

114

128

Leiden

95

102

109

122

118

128

Twente

188

177

179

172

186

197

Rotterdam

126

144

147

179

183

197

Radboud

177

190

204

204

217

214

Maastricht

169

173

200

211

239

234

Amsterdam VU

176

199

218

231

219

236

Tilburg

293

330

357

319

412

368

 © HOP. Bron: QS World University Rankings.

 

 

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