Setting standards in higher education

Founded in 2004, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is a comprehensive list of the world’s top universities. In the 2018 rankings, the University of Amsterdam rose from 63rd to 59th place, making it the top-ranking Dutch university on the list.

THE’s rankings are highly regarded, and their data is used by governments and universities worldwide – as well as by students who are considering their higher-education study options.

To compile the rankings, THE use a rigorous methodology – based on 13 key performance indicators – weighted around each university’s teaching (30%), research quality (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%).

An expected great result for UvA

UvA’s high score should hardly come as a surprise. It offers over 200 top-quality English-taught degree programmes (one of the highest in Europe) and consistently does well in similar rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) and the CWTS Leiden Ranking.

UvA scored particularly well in THE’s research category, which is to be expected, given the school’s top-notch research partnerships as a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Universitas 21.