Twelve Dutch universities feature in the latest Times Educational World University Rankings’ top 200, making the Netherlands the third-best performing country. Only the US (76) and Britain (31) have more universities in the top 200.
But despite the strong Dutch performance overall, none are in the top 50. Leiden is the highest ranked Dutch educational establishment, in 64th place, having overtaken Utrecht which is now ranked 67th.
Wageningen is the third at number 70 and Erasmus in Rotterdam is fourth at 71. Tilburg is the only Dutch establishment not to feature in the list. In terms of European universities only, Leiden is 16th.
Junior education minister Halbe Zijlstra said these ‘excellent’ figures show ‘Dutch education is better than some people would have us believe.’
The California Institute of Technology is the new leader of the ranking, followed by Oxford University and Stanford.
Rankings published by Britain’s QS organisation in September said Amsterdam is the best Dutch university. Earlier the Academic Ranking of World Universities, a list of the world’s best research universities compiled by Jia Tong University in Shanghai, said Utrecht is the top-rated Dutch institution in 53rd place. However, Delft University is the highest placed Dutch institution in the Times Educational international reputations list.
Source Dutchnews, October 4, 2012