Ten Dutch universities in Top 200
MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University has plummeted 27 places on the QS World University Ranking, which was published today. The UM is now in place 200.
Almost all Dutch universities have dropped places, except for Delft and Eindhoven University of Technology. Delft goes up from 62 to 54 and takes over the leading position from the UvA in Amsterdam (now in 58th place), Eindhoven went from 121 to 104. This still leaves ten Dutch universities (against twelve last year) in the Top 200 and that appears to be a good score. Only Germany (12), the United Kingdom (28) and the United States (47) do better. Tilburg (in place 357), Nijmegen (204) and the VU Amsterdam (218) are excluded from the Top 200.
The QS World University Ranking assesses universities on the basis of six categories, including academic reputation (with 40 per cent, this carries the most weight), its reputation among national and international employers (counts for 10 per cent), citation score per faculty, and the degree of internationalisation (10 per cent).
The great emphasis on reputation may be to a disadvantage for Dutch universities, certainly now that the opinion of employers abroad counts just as much as that of employers in the university’s own country: in the past, the international employers had more weight (70 rather than 50 per cent) and this was an advantage to an international university like the UM. In the category of employer reputation, the UM drops from place 166 to 329.
Wageningen, for example, is number 1 in the agricultural domain, while the university only takes 124th place in the world. The academic reputation and its reputation among employers are not very high.
In comparison, the Times Higher Education ranking (eight Dutch universities in the top hundred), a university's reputation counts for one third. In the Shanghai Ranking (three Dutch universities in the top one-hundred), the number of Nobel Prizes among employees and graduates is taken into consideration, but not the reputation.
The top three places in the QS ranking, just like in 2016, go to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Stanford and Harvard.