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No top position for UM in Elsevier classification

Three first places for Maastricht bachelor's studies according to students, but only one bachelor's programme at the top when the professors passed their judgement. That is Maastricht University’s score in the latest Elsevier classification.

The time when Maastricht University collected first places by the dozen, appears to be a thing of the past. In the list of ‘Best Universities’, compiled on the basis of the judgments of almost 2,500 professors and university senior lecturers, the UM ended in third and last place in the category ‘specialist universities’. First place in this category was graced by Tilburg University, number two is Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the section ‘Broad Universities’, Utrecht takes the credit. Only one Maastricht bachelor's study received the predicate 'top study' from the professors: health sciences.

The UM students placed three out of a total of twelve assessed bachelor's studies in first place: medicine (together with Rotterdam), econometrics (again shared with Rotterdam) and international business administration. There is a good second place for economics (with 7.3 points out of ten, a mere 0.1 behind winner Wageningen), third places were for health sciences (which received first prize from the professors),  psychology and University College Maastricht. UCM (scoring 7.3) came behind University College Utrecht (7.6) and Roosevelt Academy Middelburg (7.5).

In fourth place were fiscal law, international and European law and fiscal economics. Arts and social sciences came in fifth and law in sixth place.

The classification of master's studies will be published on Elsevier’s website this week.


Riki Janssen



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