THE NETHERLANDS. Never before has a Dutch university been among the fifty best universities in the world in an international ranking. The University of Amsterdam managed it in the latest QS ranking. Maastricht is in 118th place.
Just like in other worldwide rankings, Dutch universities do well in the new comparison by the research bureau QS. Six are in the top one hundred and another five are among the best two hundred.
In other general rankings, the best Dutch university is usually lower down. This was the topic of a heated discussion recently: Rathenau researcher Barend van der Meulen wondered why Dutch universities weren’t breaking through the “glass ceiling” of fiftieth place. He argued for “real changes” in order to get one or two top Dutch universities.
Number one in the QS ranking is the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by two British universities: Cambridge and Imperial College London.
QS is the research bureau that worked together with the British educational journal Times Higher Education on the renowned THE ranking until 2010. After a disagreement about methodology, they went their separate ways.
QS is always published just before the THE ranking, which comes out in October. The QS list is based, for forty per cent, on the institutes’ reputations among almost 64 thousand scientists over the past three years. Furthermore, the bureau also looks at the universities’ reputations among employers, the number of students per lecturer, researchers’ publications and the number of foreign students and staff members.
The ranking is not undisputed, because scientists are said to be paid to fill in the questionnaire.
HOP, Bas Belleman