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MAASTRICHT. From nineteenth to sixth place, is the jump made by Maastricht University in the Times Higher Education top hundred of young universities (under 50 years). In doing so the UM has reached the ‘elite group’, says THE. Their criteria for THE under 50 are in principle the same as for the regular THE ranking, with a few adaptations making it fairer to the age of the institutes. On the ‘classic’ list, the UM is in 115th place.
QS, another British ranking which used to provide data for THE but has been operating independently for some years now, recently also placed the UM in the top ten of its top 50 of young universities, where it reached seventh place. On their regular list, the UM is in 107th place.
In the Netherlands, the UM is the only university that qualifies as ‘younger than 50’ for THE. Rotterdam and Tilburg, former economic schools of higher education which did not become fully-fledged universities until the nineteen-sixties or later, and which are always mentioned together with the UM in the Netherlands, are not included.
The fact that the UM climbed so much this year is because of considerably higher scores in both education and research and in the citations, Phil Baty from THE reports. “The single biggest indicator, research impact (citations per paper) is worth 30 per cent, and Maastricht’s impact score improved from 53.9 points to 62.5.”
This may be the result of a conscious UM strategy. A UM memo about international student recruiting at the end of last year stated that “higher levels of citation impact are reached by international partnerships on research, positively affecting positions on rankings”.