Thirteen Dutch uni's on Top 500 list; Utrecht on top, UvA tops social sciences

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The library at Utrecht University (laurenatclemson/Wikimedia Commons). (The library at Utrecht University (laurenatclemson/Wikimedia Commons))

Dutch universities made a strong impact in a new world ranking list released on Friday, with four universities in the top 100 and 13 universities in the top 500. Utrecht University faired the strongest in general education, reaching 57th on the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Rankings.Leiden University (77th), University of Groningen (82nd), and VU Amsterdam (100th) were the three other highest ranking Dutch institutions. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachussets topped the world ranking.

The University of Amsterdam took the top Dutch position in social sciences, landing in 39th place. Leiden University hit 30th in clinical medicine & pharmacy, University of Wageningen took 33rd in in life & agricultural sciences, while Utrecht University wound up in 40th on the natural sciences and mathematics list.

On the Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences list, TU/Eindhoven was the highest-ranked Dutch university in 46th place.

The organization behind the list says that universities were considered if they have Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists and highly-cited researchers on staff. Universities were also able to take part if papers produced at the institutions were published in top academic journals Nature or Science, or if papers ranked highly in academic citation indices.

Over 1200 universities were evaluated for inclusion in the rankings.

 

World Ranking

1. Harvard University
57. Utrecht University
77. Leiden University
82. University of Groningen
100. VU Amsterdam
101-150. Radboud University Nijmegen
101-150. University of Amsterdam
101-150. University of Wageningen
151-200. Erasmus University
201-300. Delft University of Technology
201-300. Maastricht University
301-400. Eindhoven University of Technology
301-400. University of Twente
401-500. Tilburg University

Social Sciences

1. Harvard University
39. University of Amsterdam
44. Erasmus University
47. VU Amsterdam
51-75. Utrecht University
76-100. Leiden University
76-100. Maastricht University
76-100. Tilburg University
76-100. University of Groningen
101-150. Radboud University Nijmegen
151-200. University of Twente
151-200. University of Wageningen

Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy

1. Harvard University
30. Leiden University
37. University of Amsterdam
40. VU Amsterdam
51-75. Erasmus University
51-75. Utrecht University
76-100. Maastricht University
76-100. University of Groningen
101-150. Radboud University Nijmegen

Life & Agriculture Sciences

1. Harvard University
33. University of Wageningen
51-75. Utrecht University
76-100. VU Amsterdam
101-150. Leiden University
101-150. Radboud University Nijmegen
101-150. University of Groningen
151*200. University of Amsterdam

Natural Sciences & Maths

1. University of California-Berkeley
40. Utrecht University
101-150. Leiden University
101-150. Radboud University Nijmegen
101-150. University of Amsterdam
101-150. University of Groningen
151-200. VU Amsterdam

Engineering, Technology & Computer Sciences

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
46. TU/Eindhoven
101-150. TU/Delft
101-150. University of Groningen
101-150. University of Twente

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