Dutch universities rises in world university rankings

Dutch universities rises in world university rankings

Dutch universities have emerged as strong performers in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings released in London on Thursday.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings powered by Thomson Reuters are the global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Dutch universities rank significantly high in the world according to the recently released Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2011-2012. The Netherlands has 12 institutions in the world top 200 in the rankings – the most representatives of any country other than the UK and US. And this year every single Dutch university improved its position.

The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have emerged as strong performers in Europe. The three European countries buck a clear trend of overall decline for Western universities against rising investment in world class universities in the Asia Pacific region.

The Netherlands also has a new national number one. Leiden University is the top Dutch university according to the Times Higher Education Ranking. This year Leiden climbed from 79th to 64th position, overtaking last year’s top Dutch institution Utrecht.

Utrecht now takes 67th place, followed by Wageningen University (70th), Erasmus University Rotterdam (72nd), Delft University of Technology (77), University of Amsterdam (83), University of Groningen (89), Eindhoven University of Technology (114), Maastricht University (115), Radboud University Nijmegen (127), VU University Amsterdam (140) and University of Twente (187).

California Institute of Technology holds on to the world’s number one spot, while Harvard is pushed into fourth place by Oxford and Stanford, which share second place

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the world’s most comprehensive and carefully calibrated global rankings, using 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all of its core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. All data are collected, analysed and verified by global data provider Thomson Reuters.

Source: Times Higher Education Rankings/Thomson Reuters

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