Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
The ARWU ranking, published by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, compares 1200 higher education institutions worldwide. The best 500 universities are included in the rankings.
The ranking works exclusively with research results. The most important criteria used by the ARWU are the numbers of Nobel Prizes and Field Medals awarded to university staff and graduates, as well as the number of frequently cited researchers affiliated with the university. The number of staff publications in journals such as Nature and Science also carries a lot of weight, as does the number of references in the Science and Social Science Citation Indices. The various aspects are each weighted separately in the calculation of the final scores.
The table below shows only the positions of the Dutch universities in the global top 500 in 2015. Twelve universities appear in the top 400, four of them in the top 100.
Universities are also ranked according to discipline in the ARWU subject ranking. The ranking to discipline is not yet available for 2016. The ranking for 2015 is depicted underneath.