The latest world university rankings of the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) find Wageningen University at the 155th place, 13 down from last year's placing, and with its lowest score ever.
Dutch institutions as a whole have put up a good show. Only Nijmegen is not among the top 200.
University of Amsterdam
Delft University of Technology
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Groningen
VU University Amsterdam
University of Twente
The top positions in the THES list have been dominated for the umpteenth time by Harvard, Cambridge and Yale. The Times ranks universities mainly according to their reputation with academics, the private sector and students. Besides these qualitative scores, countable criteria are also used, such as the number of citations per researcher, the staff-student ratio and the percentage of foreign employees and students. Wageningen is thumbs up mainly in the areas of international orientation (97 on a scale of 100), staff-student ratio (87) and citation score (82).
The Netherlands has done well in the country category. After America (54) and England (29), it is third (with Canada and Japan) on the list of countries with the most universities in the top 200. The first sixteen universities on the list are either American or English. The European Union has therefore commissioned the drawing up of a new ranking system this summer. Leiden and Twente are among those involved in this process.