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.
|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 2016||Shanghai 2016||THE 2016-2017|
|51 ||Utrecht University||65
||Delft University of Technology|
|70||University of Amsterdam||72||University of Groningen
||63||University of Amsterdam|
||University of Groningen
||Wageningen University & Research Cente|
||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||101-105||Erasmus University Rotterdam
||Erasmus University Rotterdam|
|102||Erasmus University Rotterdam||101-105||Radboud University Nijmegen||77||Leiden University|
|109||Radboud University Nijmegen||101-105||University of Amsterdam||80||University of Groningen|
|128||Leiden University||101-105||Wageningen University & Research Cente||86||Utrecht University|
|192||Wageningen University & Research Center||101-105||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||94||Maastricht University|
|208||Delft University of Technology||151-200||Delft University of Technology||121||Radboud University Nijmegen|
|232||Maastricht University||201-300||Eindhoven University of Technology||153||University of Twente|
|313||Eindhoven University of Technology||201-300||Maastricht University||156||Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam|
|350||University of Twente||301-400||University of Twente||177||Eindhoven University of Technology|
|726||Tilburg University||198||Tilburg University|