Utrecht university is in 48th place in this year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, the list of the world’s best research universities.
Utrecht has risen from 52nd place in 2009 and 50th in 2010, although it did manage 39th place in 2004.
The only other Dutch university in the top 100 is Leiden at 65.
Criteria for a place on the list include the number of articles published in scientific magazines and the number of awards such as the Nobel Prize.
The list is headed by Harvard university in the US.