The University of Amsterdam is the highest-ranked Dutch university. It has risen eight places compared to 2013’s rankings and is now on place 50.

Internationally-oriented, world-class research

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is generally praised for its strong international outlook. Currently it has students, staff and researchers from over 80 countries, offering a truly multinational environment and an ideal setting for world-class research.

Other Dutch universities also performing well

While this is fantastic news for the UvA, there are other Dutch universities in the QS World University Rankings 2014 too, such as Leiden University (75th place), Utrecht University (80th), the Delft University of Technology (86th), the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Groningen (joint 90th). In general, Dutch universities scored especially well in the rankings of research facilities.

Talented workforce

The fact that several Dutch universities are represented on this esteemed global list reaffirms that the quality of education in the Netherlands is highly respected around the world. Due to its excellent higher education facilities, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is undoubtedly an appealing spot for highly-educated employees and young talents. Amsterdam is home to a productive regional workforce drawing from almost 180 different nationalities, while a large share of the workforce (44%) has a degree from higher education.

International work culture

Amsterdam enjoys the highest density of knowledge workers in the country and an increasing influx of workers from other EU countries, facilitated by the Expatcenter. Eighty percent of the workforce speaks English, making Amsterdam the largest Anglophone city in continental Europe. Ninety percent of the workforce speaks two or more languages. And according to the World Talent Index, the Netherlands ranks fourth in the world for attracting and developing talent, surpassing every other country from the European continent.