Impressive rise for Maastricht University in World University Rankings

Impressive rise for Maastricht University in World University Rankings

Maastricht University (UM) climbed 82 places to 115th position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012-2013. Other Dutch universities also rose in the rankings, with Erasmus University Rotterdam slightly surpassing UM’s success (+ 85). The increase has multiple reasons, but is mainly related to improvements to the reputation scores for both teaching and research. UM scored particularly well on international outlook (percentage of international staff and students) and on quality of research (scientific citations).

Professor Martin Paul, university president, sees this spectacular achievement as a direct result of the efforts UM has made over the years to enhance its regional, national and international visibility. “We are now starting to see the fruits of our labour. Our high international outlook score confirms our position as an international research university and our scientific citation score confirms the productivity of UM researchers and their impact on international science.”

The THE ranking is not the only one singing UM’s praises: last week, Elsevier announced that students consider Maastricht University to be the best specialised university in the Netherlands. Earlier this year, the THE published its first Times Higher Education 100 under 50, a list of the best universities under the age of 50, where UM is placed 19th.

Surpassed only by the United States and Great Britain, the Netherlands has 12 universities in the top 200. This reinforces the analysis that Professor Frans van Vught, internationally renowned ranking expert, presented in his keynote speech at the opening of the academic year in September. Based on the indicators used in the Shanghai and THE rankings, he deemed the Netherlands as having the best education system in the world.

The THE World University Rankings 2012-13 draw on the world’s largest academic reputation survey among 16,600 academics carried out by Thomson Reuters and are based on 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas: research, teaching, citations, industry income and international outlook.

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