Dutch universities in the top 100 university rankings

Dutch universities in the top 100 university rankings

The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University released the 10th edition of its annual global university ranking – 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Utrecht University is the best research university in the Netherlands according to the prestigious annual Academic Ranking of World Universities. Utrecht University has been the best ranking Dutch university since the ARWU ranking began in 2003. This year, Utrecht University shared 12th place in Europe and 53rd place worldwide.

Utrecht is also the highest placed Dutch university in the Times Education rankings, with Wageningen, Leiden and Amsterdam all in the top 100. However, Delft University is the highest placed Dutch institution in the Times Educational international reputations list.

The only other Dutch university in the top 100 is Leiden according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Utrecht university has fallen five places to 53rd in this year’s top 100 and Leiden in 73rd place, down from 65th last year.

Harvard University remains the number one in the world for the tenth year. The Top 10 universities are: Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford. University of Tokyo in Japan is back to Top 20 (20th) and tops other Asian universities. ETH Zurich (23rd) in Switzerland takes first place in Continent Europe, followed by Paris-Sud (37th) and Pierre and Marie Curie (42nd) in France.

Worldwide, the ARWU (or Shanghai) ranking is the leading system for assessing and comparing the quality of research universities. Of the more than 1,000 universities considered each year, the best 500 are included in the ARWU ranking.

The key assessment criteria include the number of times university staff are published or cited in scientific journals (e.g. Nature and Science) and the number of distinctions (e.g. Nobel Prizes and Field Medals) awarded to university staff and graduates. Utrecht University scores particularly well on the citation indices and in terms of the number of Nature and Science publications.

The complete lists and detailed methodologies can be found at the Academic Ranking of World Universities website at http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/.

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