The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2012, published on 15 March, puts the Netherlands in 3rd place worldwide. Institutions from the US and the UK are still dominant but the Dutch are gaining ground.
Each year, tens of thousands of academics from all over the world participate in the largest university survey about the academic reputation of universities. The outcome of this survey (which also serves as input for the Times Higher Education Ranking is the basis for the World Reputation Ranking. This ranking provides a unique insight in the perceived academic prestige of institutions.
2011 was already a good year for Dutch universities with 4 universities in the top 100 of the global university ranking. But 2012 tops that, with 5 universities from the Netherlands making it to the top 100 in the reputation ranking. This makes the Netherlands the 3rd best performing nation in the world after the US and the UK.
The highest ranked Netherlands university on the list is Delft University of Technology (51-60), followed by the University of Amsterdam (71-80), Utrecht University (71-80), Leiden University (81-90) and Wageningen University (91-100).
Although the US and the UK are still dominating the charts (with 17 universities in the top 20), the Netherlands is gaining ground. It is outperforming European rivals such as Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries. This result is definitely good news for the Dutch Government and the Higher Education sector that has expressed the ambition to become one of the leading knowledge economies in the world by 2015.
Data for the Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings is provided by Thomson Reuters from its Global Institutional Profiles Project. For more information about the ranking, individual university ranking and the methodology, please visit the ranking website
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