The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
The Times Higher Education Rankings have been issued since 2010, in conjunction with Thomson Reuters/Web of Science. The ranking method has changed a few times over the years, and it has changed again this year. These changes have contributed to fluctuations in rankings.
Times Higher Education rankings are based on indicators for the following subjects: teaching, research, citations, cooperation with industry and internationalisation. Reputation is an important component of the research and teaching indicators.
The highest scoring Dutch university this year is Delft University of Technology, which is 59th out of 800. Other universities in the top 100 are Amsterdam (UvA), Wageningen, Rotterdam, Leiden, Groningen, Utrecht and Maastricht. Radboud University Nijmegen, Twente, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Tilburg are among the 200 best universities.
Subject ranking 2015
The Dutch Universities also do well in the Times Higher Education World rankings for specific disciplines. Leiden is in the top 20 of ‘Arts & Humanities’, and all the three universities of technology are in the top 100 of ‘Engineering & Technology’ (Delft University of Technology is even in the top 20), and Wageningen University and Research Centre is in the top 20 of ‘Life Sciences’. A number of Dutch universities can also be found in the top 100 for ‘Physical Sciences’ and ‘Social Sciences’.
The method for this ranking by discipline is practically the same as that used for the general Times Higher Education World Rankings. The weight of the indicators used is the only aspect that has been adapted to the specific characteristics of the area of study. For more information about the methodology behind these rankings, visit the website of Times Higher Education.