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Dutch Universities Rank Among the Best in the World

Seven of the top universities in the world are in the Netherlands, according to the annual QS World University Rankings, published this morning.

Four Dutch universities ranked in the global top 100. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the best university in the Netherlands according to the British institute. The UvA moved up one notch to 62nd place.

Leiden University also moved up in the rankings from 88 to 75th place. Followed by the University of Utrecht in 85th place and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) at position 99.

Last year the EUR slipped just outside the top 100. The same applies this year for the University of Delft (103) Maastricht University (107) and University of Groningen (109).

The best university in the world, as named by the QS World University Rankings, is Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the University of Cambridge in second place and Harvard University in third.

The other universities in the top 10 were all institutions in the United States. In total, eight UK universities were in the top 50, and 18 overall in the top 100.

In total, the US claims a formidable 130 of the world’s top 700 universities, with six of the top ten and 13 of the top 20.

Neighboring Canada has two universities in the top 20 for the first time, with University of Toronto climbing to 19th, one place behind McGill. Toronto produced more published research than any other institution during the period covered by the rankings.

The UK replicates its recent sporting triumphs by taking an unprecedented four of the top six places. UCL (4) moves up three places from seventh to overtake Oxford (5), as Imperial College retains sixth place.

This year’s rankings are also extremely positive for Swiss universities, with five of the country’s eight ranked institutions improving considerably on their 2011 rank.

The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the world’s top 700 universities. The rankings are based on four key pillars – research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.