There are three renown institutes that yearly publish the world university rankings. But each of them use different approaches, methods and fields of focus. How should you interpret this information for your own choice process?
Ranking is just a number, not a match! Be aware that the different ranking institutions give their scores based on different factors, but all have in common that they are mainly focussed on ‘reputation’; the art is finding out which university offers the total package that YOU are looking for and thus will be the best match for you personally.
Is the score ‘generally’ or ‘per study field’? Mark that differences between the scores given to universities in general versus the scores per study field/subject will generate different outcomes. For example, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is ranked 183rd on the QS World University Ranking list in general, but within the category ‘Business Management’, EUR is ranked extremely good with the 21st place in the world!
Follow the link to the original websites of these ranking organisations:
62 - Wageningen University & Research66 - University of Amsterdam70 - Leiden University72 - Erasmus University Rotterdam75 - Utrecht University78 - Delft University of Technology80 - University of Groningen
116 - VU Amsterdam121 - Maastricht University136 - Radboud University Nijmegen
57 - Delft University of Technology61 - University of Amsterdam
115 - Wageningen University & Research120 - Eindhoven University of Technology121 - Utrecht University128 - University of Groningen128 - Leiden University
49 - Utrecht University
65 - University of Groningen68 - Erasmus University of Rotterdam82 - Leiden University
University of AmsterdamVU AmsterdamRadboud University Nijmegen
in alphabetical order of their residence:
... this is a technically oriented university too!
... this is a business oriented university too!