Maastricht University is in 109th place in the World University Rankings. The UM has climbed two places compared to last year and is preceded by five Dutch universities. Highest in the ranking is the University of Amsterdam, in 63rd place.
According to QS, the Netherlands is doing surprisingly well, with twelve universities in the top 300. At the same time, one can say that none of them managed to reach the top 50. There are no surprises at the top: Cambridge is in first place, followed by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Research bureau QS draws up the list independently, after the prominent education magazine Times Higher Education (THE) pulled out in 2010. Both now employ different criteria. The UM scores much better in the QS ranking, mainly because ‘internationalisation’ is more important there. In the last THE list, the UM dropped from the top 200 and finished in 209th place.
For the first time, QS also looked at the cost of studies. “Dutch universities emerge as offering some of the best value for money in relation to ranking position.” And: “With universities like Maastricht, Groningen and Utrecht, offering bachelor courses in English they represent an increasingly attractive option for international students throughout the EU.”
The QS list is composed on the basis of academic reputation (40 per cent), employer reputation (10), citations (20), staff-student ratio (20), number of international staff members (5) and international students (5).
The Shanghai ranking was also published in August, in which the UM ended up in the top 300 for the first time (without further specification).