Communication and Media Studies at UvA receives high global ranking

The QS World University Rankings by Subject announced this month have recognised the University of Amsterdam’s Communication and Media Studies programme as among the best in the world. The programme has risen four places since the previous year, and now ranks just one place behind the University of Southern California.

19 UvA subjects ranked in top 50

The university was ranked highly across the board, with 19 of its subjects featuring in the top 50. This outstanding achievement makes the UvA the highest ranked Dutch university for the second consecutive year. Its degree programmes in sociology and anthropology were each placed 14th in the world, geography was 16th and linguistics was 17th. View the complete list of rankings.

Edith Smith, director of the Graduate School of Communication and professor of Persuasive Communication, says “we were already well respected in Europe; it’s great to see that we have now cemented our position globally.”

Equally proud of the result is Richard Rogers, professor of New Media and Digital Culture and former department chair of Media Studies: “our department is doing ground-breaking work and we always gain considerable international recognition in the field for the media theories and methods we develop. It's great to see this confirmed in a major international ranking like the QS.”

The importance of an international perspective

The UvA attributes this success to its ongoing efforts to improve teaching and research, along with creating an international learning environment, which gives the programme global appeal. Communications and Media Studies is one of many programmes taught in English as well as Dutch at the UvA. Earlier this year, the UvA was also awarded top international university in the Netherlands by the Times Higher Education rankings.

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