Dutch universities do less well in the thoroughly renewed World University Rankings by Times Higher Education. Maastricht University has even completely disappeared from the top 200, as have Nijmegen and Tilburg.
It was to be expected that something would change. The editorial staff took a good look at everything last spring: the controversial ranking that they had published with research agency QS for six years, was to be completely revised. The paper teamed up with another agency, expanded the data used for the ranking, interviewed more scientists and tried to find a better balance between the criteria.
The quality of education now determines thirty per cent of the final verdict, scientists citation scores account for 32.5 per cent, while the research reputation, scale and funding by universities together form thirty per cent. A good mix of nationalities in staff and students contributes for five per cent on the ranking and funding by the business community for another 2.5 per cent.
The UM’s place on this ranking (no. 116 last year) played an important role in its promotion activities in previous years. Spokesperson Janine Gregersen: “Our position was affected most by the marginal importance given to internationalisation by THE, one of our main quality characteristics. We score well on other rankings. The QS ranking, which still exists, puts us in 111th place. Their site was visited a million times since 10 September.”
The Times' score is not completely unfavourable for the UM. The master's study of International Business is one of the 25 best IB studies in the world (out of the 65 that were assessed). On the aspect of 'your money’s worth', the master's programme even took second place; the latter ranking is determined by taking the graduate’s salary level after three years work and setting it off against the cost of the study.