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QS Ranking: social focus and international perspective VU

9 June 2022
The QS World University ranking strongly highlights the international character of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam's research and education.

The QS World University ranking strongly highlights the international character of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam's research and education. For example, in A Better World@VU, VU students and scientists showcase sustainable projects and initiatives that contribute to a better world. The way we treat nature and the environment, for example, also affects our (mental) health. In the Medicine curriculum, a group of students under the name CO2-assistant is committed to preventing health problems by paying attention to the relationship between sustainability and health.

In this year's QS ranking, VU Amsterdam occupies a 214th position out of nearly 2,500 universities. Of these components, VU Amsterdam positions itself the strongest on the component citations per faculty (position 150 worldwide) as well as last year.

QS World University ranking 2023: VU research and education
The international QS World University ranking 2023 was announced today. This is an annual ranking of (international) universities, ranked among other things on the quality of higher education and scientific research within the university institution. This is assessed both quantitatively - for example, through citation impact and staff/student ratios - and qualitatively - for example, through reputation surveys among academics. The QS ranking focuses on six components: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), citations per faculty (20%), faculty student (20%), international faculty (5%) and international students (5%).

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has stood for value-driven education, research, and valorization. The international research world is facing major challenges, while contrasts in society are growing. Through expertise, an open mind, entrepreneurial attitude, and a multidisciplinary approach, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. We combine our top position in research with a strong social orientation, which leads to an excellent international reputation. Our education and research are intertwined and highly multidisciplinary. We focus on four profile themes: Connected WorldGovernance for SocietyHuman Health and Life Sciences and Science for Sustainability.

Impact ranking 2021
In addition to the focus on the scientific impact of the university, the attention to diversity and sustainability is also displayed: in the previously published Impact Ranking of Times Higher Education (THE), the social commitment of VU Amsterdam is strongly highlighted.