Science - March 9, 2017

WUR is best agricultural university again

Albert Sikkema

Wageningen University & Research is once more at the top of the QS ranking for agricultural sciences. For environmental sciences WUR has dropped two places to position 6.

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In the field of agriculture and forestry, WUR scored 96.5 points out of 100 this year: half a point more than last year. Once again, WUR thereby trumps the American universities UC Davis and Cornell. For environmental sciences, Wageningen scored 93.6 points: 0.10 less than last year.

For veterinary sciences Wageningen is ranked 15th (with 85.3 points); for development studies it is in 13th place (with 82.1 points). QS has not yet published an overall ranking – that will come out later this year.

The compilers of the QS ranking assessed more than 4000 universities, analysing millions of academic articles and citations, evaluating degree programmes and asking thousands of academics for their opinions. QS used to compile the rankings for the renowned British newspaper Times Higher Education (THE), but they parted company in 2010. THE wanted to give less weight to subjective appraisals. QS went its own way. The QS ranking is 40 percent based on the institution’s reputation.