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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 2017

The Times Higher Education (THE) is probably the best known university ranking. For the past 10 years it has been the most influential international ranking. In its recently published world ranking, all 13 Dutch universities are listed in the top 200. All Dutch research universities are in the 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 2017 (World Universities top 200)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
59 Delft University of Technology
63 University of Amsterdam
65 Wageningen University and Research Centre
69 Leiden University
77 Erasmus University Rotterdam
80 University of Groningen
86 Utrecht University
94 Maastricht University
121 Radboud University Nijmegen
153 University of Twente 
156 VU University Amsterdam
177 Eindhoven University of Technology
198 Tilburg University
Source: THE World University Rankings 2017

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The QS World University Ranking 2017

The QS World University Ranking is a ranking of the world's top 1000 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 ranking, all Dutch research universities are listed in the top 400.Two universities from the Netherlands are in the top 100.

QS World University Ranking 2017 (World Universities top 200)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
54 Delft University of Technology
58 University of Amsterdam
104 Eindhoven University of Technology
109 Leiden University
109 Utrecht University
113 University of Groningen
124 Wageningen University and Research Centre
147 Erasmus University Rotterdam
179 University of Twente
200 Maastricht University
204 Radboud University Nijmegen
218 VU University Amsterdam
357 Tilburg University
Source: QS World University Ranking 2017

Read more about the QS World University Ranking 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016

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 top 500 ranking, 12 universities from the Netherlands are listed. 

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016 (World Universities top 500)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
65 Utrecht University
72 University of Groningen
93 Leiden University
101-150 Erasmus University Rotterdam
101-150 Radboud University Nijmegen
101-150 University of Amsterdam
101-150 Wageningen University and Research Centre
101-150 VU University Amsterdam
151-200 Delft University of Technology
201-300 Maastricht University
201-300 Eindhoven University of Technology
301-400 University of Twente
Source: Institute of higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University 2016

Read more about the Academic Ranking of World Universities 

The Leiden Ranking 2017

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 (2012-2015), 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 Ranking 2017 (World Universities top 500)
Position of Netherlands' Universities
59 Utrecht University
74 University of Amsterdam
89 University of Groningen
102 Erasmus University Rotterdam
103 VU University Amsterdam
109 Radboud University Nijmegen
122 Leiden University
376 University of Twente
183 Wageningen University and Research Centre
203 Delft University of Technology
222 Maastricht University
329 Eindhoven University of Technology
775 Tilburg University
Source: CWTS, Leiden/Leiden Ranking


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