Reputation and ranking

The high quality of research and education at VU Amsterdam can be demonstrated by its excellent performance in international rankings. Unlike many other countries, the Netherlands does not have a ranking system for universities. However, a range of studies have shown VU Amsterdam to be one of the best universities in the country.

The best known international rankings are the Leiden ranking (PP10%), the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the Shanghai Ranking. These rankings give an impression of the quality of research and education by assigning scores to institutions worldwide. Each ranking uses a different set of indicators. As a result, the position of a particular university may vary depending on the ranking’s methodology.

Below you will find an overview of the best-known international rankings of 2014 and the positions of the Dutch universities.

The Leiden Ranking is based on bibliometric and collaboration indicators. Nationally, VU Amsterdam is positioned second in the bibliometric ranking PP10%; first place was granted to Leiden University. Worldwide, VU Amsterdam is listed in 64th place.
In the Times Higher Education World University (THE) Rankings 2014-2015, VU Amsterdam is placed 136th. This is an improvement of 4 places.
In the ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU) 2014, or the Shanghai Ranking, VU Amsterdam is listed in 4th place, nationally. Worldwide, VU Amsterdam holds a position 100. Moreover, VU Amsterdam's ranks in the top 50 in the disciplines Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy and Social Sciences and in the top 100 in Life Sciences and Agriculture SciencesEconomics/Business. In addition, VUA's Chemistry discipline holds a position in the international top 150, and Physics and Mathematics are in the top 200.

At VU Amsterdam, education and research are closely intertwined. High-quality teaching and cutting-edge research have given the university a great deal of recognition, enabling it to attract prominent scientists from both the Netherlands and abroad. In order to keep this reputation and position in the rankings, or of course to improve upon it, VU Amsterdam constantly reviews the quality of its education and research.

Position internationally
Position nationally
Leiden Ranking 2016
THE World University Ranking 2016-2017
Shanghai Ranking 2016
Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy 2015
Social Sciences 2015
Life & Agriculture Sciences 2015
Economics & Business 2015
Chemistry discipline 2015

Overview of the ranking of Dutch universities in the Leiden, Shanghai and Times Higher Education rankings

Leiden 2016Shanghai 2016THE 2016-2017
51    Utrecht University65
Utrecht University59
Delft University of Technology
70University of Amsterdam72University of Groningen
63University of Amsterdam
University of Groningen
Leiden University65
Wageningen University & Research Cente
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam101-105Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam
102Erasmus University Rotterdam101-105Radboud University Nijmegen77Leiden University
109Radboud University Nijmegen101-105University of Amsterdam80University of Groningen
128Leiden University101-105Wageningen University & Research Cente86Utrecht University
192Wageningen University & Research Center101-105Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam94Maastricht University
208Delft University of Technology151-200Delft University of Technology121Radboud University Nijmegen
232Maastricht University201-300Eindhoven University of Technology153University of Twente
313Eindhoven University of Technology201-300Maastricht University156Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
350University of Twente301-400University of Twente177Eindhoven University of Technology
726Tilburg University198Tilburg University