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University Rankings

University rankings have been established in an attempt to make a listing of the world's top universities. Over the years they have proven to be an important tool for international students searching for a study programs at a university abroad. There are various university ranking systems and they all use their own method of data collection and interpretation. The main university rankings are:

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013

The Times Higher Education (THE) is probably the best known university ranking. For the past 6 years it has been the most influential international ranking. In its recently published 2013 world ranking, 6 Dutch universities are listed in the top 100. All but one have claimed a spot in the global top 200; a feat that is unrivalled worldwide. This makes the Netherlands the best performing mainland European country in the Times Higher Education ranking. If you look at the number of universities in the top 200, the Netherlands are the 3rd most successful country in the world after the US and the UK.

THE World University Rankings 2013 (World Universities top 200)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
64 Leiden University
67 Utrecht University
70 Wageningen University and Research Centre
72 Erasmus University Rotterdam
77 Delft University of Technology
83 University of Amsterdam
89 University of Groningen
114 Eindhoven University of Technology
115 Maastricht University
127 Radboud University Nijmegen
140 VU University Amsterdam
187 University of Twente 
Source: THE World University Rankings 2013

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The QS World University Ranking 2013

The QS World University Ranking is a ranking of the world's top 700 universities. Their first ranking was published in 2004. Besides an overall ranking, QS has introduced separate rankings per field of study. This allows for easy comparison between universities that have a similar education and/or research profile. In the recently published (September 2013) top 250,  12 universities from the Netherlands are listed. Four universities from the Netherlands are in the top 100.

QS World University Ranking 2013 (World Universities top 200)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
62 University of Amsterdam
80 Leiden University
85 Utrecht University
99 Erasmus University Rotterdam
103 Delft University of Technology
107 Maastricht University
109 University of Groningen
136 Radboud University Nijmegen
158 Eindhoven University of Technology
161 Wageningen University and Research Centre
177 VU University Amsterdam
224 University of Twente
Source: QS World University Ranking 2013

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Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2013

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is issued by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. First published in 2003, ARWU's main university ranking indicators are: quality of education, quality of faculty and quality of research output. Among the recently published 2013 top 500 ranking, 13 universities from the Netherlands are listed. This is the first time that all Dutch institutions have made it to the top 500 of the ARWU ranking.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013 (World Universities top 500)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
53 Utrecht University
73 Leiden University
101-150 Radboud University Nijmegen
101-150 University of Amsterdam
101-150 University of Groningen
101-150 Wageningen University and Research Centre
101-150 VU University Amsterdam
151-200 Erasmus University Rotterdam
201-300 Delft University of Technology
201-300 Maastricht University
301-400 University of Twente
301-400 Eindhoven University of Technology
401-500 Tilburg University
Source: Institute of higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2013

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The Leiden Ranking

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University has developed a university ranking system based on citation impact of publications. This ranking system is very influential among international researchers and scientists. Among the top 500 most influential universities (2005-2011), 13 universities from the Netherlands are listed. According to the Leiden Ranking, universities from the Netherlands score well above the world's avarage in terms of research quality and impact.

Leiden Rankings 2011 (World Universities top 500)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
64 University of Twente
69 Wageningen University and Research Centre
74 Erasmus University Rotterdam
75 VU University Amsterdam
84 Eindhoven University of Technology
92 Utrecht University
100 Leiden University
104 University of Amsterdam
115 Delft University of Technology
148 University of Groningen
183 Radboud University Nijmegen
206 Maastricht University
Source: CWTS, Leiden/Leiden Ranking 2011


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