THE ranking of best universities worldwide
MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University has risen one place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and is now at number 127, in front of Nijmegen, Amsterdam (VU), and Eindhoven. There are a total of eleven Dutch universities in the top 200 of best universities worldwide. The highest-ranking Dutch university is Wageningen, in 59th place, thus dethroning Delft (which dropped nine places).
In 2018, there were thirteen Dutch universities in the top 200, but Tilburg and Twente have now dropped below that number. This has everything to do with the increasing competition from Asia, which has 24 higher education institutes in the top 200.
The Netherlands has been doing well for years, says Phil Baty, THE chief knowledge officer, but needs to be careful not to lose ground. While the competition is using further internationalisation and good education to attract the best lecturers and students worldwide, a heated discussion is being held in the Netherlands regarding the influx of foreign students and whether that is desirable, just like the advance of study programmes in English in the bachelor's and master's phases. Make sure that the doors stay open for foreign students and academics, is what Baty seems to be saying.
For four years, the THE list has been headed by Oxford, followed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Cambridge, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).