Science - September 14, 2017

China rising up the rankings

Hoger Onderwijs Persbureau

Chinese universities are doing better and better in the top 200 of British weekly magazine, Times Higher Education (THE). Some have already left the Dutch universities behind. Wageningen is in 64th place, one place higher than last year.

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Seven of the 13 Dutch universities are in the top 100 in the annual THE World University Rankings. The University of Amsterdam scored the highest at number 59, with Wageningen University & Research coming second in 64th place.

For the first time two British universities head the rankings: Oxford at number 1, Cambridge at number 2. American and British universities continue to dominate the highest echelons of the rankings. But Asian universities are on the rise. This year, two Chinese universities are in the top 30 in the world, and seven are in the top 200: three more than last year. Hong Kong, meanwhile, has five universities in the rankings.

‘The rise of China is remarkable and shows how the global landscape of higher education is changing,’ says rankings editor Phil Baty. ‘China’s top universities are now truly part of the global elite and outstrip prestigious universities in the United States, Great Britain and Europe.’