The highest ranked Dutch university in the Times Higher Educational‘s latest ranking of the world’s 200 top institutes is Eindhoven University of Technology at 114.
Leiden is the next best Dutch performer at 124 and Amsterdam’s VU university is third in 139th position.
Despite not having any universities in the top 100, with 10 universities in the top 200, the Netherlands is fourth overall in terms of the number of ranked institutes. The US has 72, including the top five, the UK 29 and Germany 14. Canada trails the Netherlands with eight.
The ranking has been compiled by new methodology this year. Teaching accounts for 30% of the final score, research 30% and citations – it’s research influence – 32.5%. The rest of the score is made up of it international mix (5%) and industry income for innovation (2.5%).
The dominance of US universities is partly explained by the fact America spends twice as much on higher education as other OECD countries – 3.1% of GDP compared with an OECD average of 1.5%, the researchers said.
A spokesman for Dutch university organisation VSNU told the Telegraaf the message is clear: if the Netherlands wants to feature at the top, it has to invest more money.
According to the Telegraaf, last week, research group QS, which used to work on the Times rankings, put the University of Amsterdam in 59th position in its own list. But the UvA was the only Dutch institution in that ranking.
The UvA was 49th in the Times rankings last year, before the methodology changed. In 2006, there were seven Dutch universities in the top 100.
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