The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 were developed in consultation with a new rankings data provider, Thomson Reuters. The ranking of the top universities worldwide is based on a new methodology since 2011, using 13 separate performance indicators capturing different university activities. These 13 indicators are brought together into five headline categories, which are:
- Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30% of the overall ranking score)
- Research — volume, income and reputation (30%)
- Citations — research influence (32.5%)
- Industry income — innovation (2.5%)
- International mix — staff and students (5%)
The teaching and research scores are partly based on academic reputation surveys (15% and 19.5% respectively).
In the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 140th worldwide. VU Amsterdam's ranking has been increasing since 2004: