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Five Dutch Universities make global top 10

Five Dutch Universities achieved a placement in the global top 10 of the new QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 released 29th april on “The Dutch higher education system confirms its strong global competitiveness in these new rankings with five different universities achieving a Top 10 placement in at least one subject,” says Ben Sowter, QS head of research.

Delft University of Technology leads with its exceptional performance in Engineering – Civil & Structural (2) and Architecture / Built Environment (3). TU Delft makes the Top 15 in Environmental Sciences (14) Engineering – Chemical (14) and the Top 20 in Engineering – Mechanical (17). The next best performer is Wageningen University, third globally in Agriculture & Forestry and 7th in Environmental Sciences and placing 16th in Veterinary Science, the subject in which Utrecht University also shines, with a stellar fifth position. Utrecht also makes the Top 15 in Geography (14) and Earth & Marine Sciences (15). The University of Amsterdam is eight in the world for Communication & Media Studies and makes Top 15 in Psychology (11) Geography (13) and Sociology (14) while Leiden University top performance is in Pharmacy (9) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (17) makes the Top 20 in Business & Management. Noteworthy the Top 20 placement of Design Academy Eindhoven (19) in Art & Design.

The Dutch universities featuring outside the Top 20 are Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), Tilburg University, University of Groningen, University of Twente and  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam . 15 Dutch universities appear in these rankings. Out of these, 13 institutions rank within the Top 50 for at least one subject.


Engineering – Civil & Structural214Delft University of Technology
Architecture / Built Environment3Delft University of Technology
Agriculture & Forestry32Wageningen University
Veterinary Science5Utrecht University
Environmental Sciences78Wageningen University
Communication & Media Studies810University of Amsterdam
Pharmacy & Pharmacology920Leiden University
Psychology1116University of Amsterdam
Geography1218Utrecht University
Geography1317University of Amsterdam
Sociology1418University of Amsterdam
Environmental Sciences1419Delft University of Technology
Engineering – Chemical148Delft University of Technology
Earth & Marine Sciences1533Utrecht University
Veterinary Science16Wageningen University
Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing1719Delft University of Technology
Business & Management Studies17Erasmus University Rotterdam
Art & Design19Design Academy Eindhoven
Linguistics2225University of Amsterdam
Politics & International Studies2334Leiden University
Law2323Leiden University
Development Studies24University of Amsterdam
History2641Utrecht University
Development Studies26Wageningen University
Architecture / Built Environment28Eindhoven University of Technology
Linguistics2926Leiden University
History2928Leiden University
Politics & International Studies3144University of Amsterdam
Medicine3327Erasmus University Rotterdam
Earth & Marine Sciences3351-100Delft University of Technology
Dentistry33Radboud University Nijmegen
Statistics & Operational Research3551-100Eindhoven University of Technology
Materials Science3740Delft University of Technology
Economics & Econometrics3750Tilburg University
Psychology3951-100Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Art & Design39Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)
Sociology4027Utrecht University
Economics & Econometrics4038Erasmus University Rotterdam
Economics & Econometrics4151-100University of Amsterdam
Accounting & Finance4137Erasmus University Rotterdam
Modern Languages4343University of Amsterdam
Chemistry4551-100Delft University of Technology
Medicine4644University of Amsterdam
Linguistics4641Radboud University Nijmegen
Psychology4851-100Erasmus University Rotterdam
English Language & Literature4851-100University of Amsterdam
Psychology5051-100Radboud University Nijmegen
Medicine5036Leiden University
Law5048Utrecht University
Engineering – Electrical & Electronic5037Delft University of Technology
Education5051-100University of Twente


The QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on the expert opinion of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers, alongside the analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations (Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database).



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