Wetenschap - 15 augustus 2011

Wageningen a little lower in world ranking of universities

Wageningen UR has slided down a bit on the world ranking list of universities. It finds itself in position 37 in the category Life & Agricultural Sciences, one place lower than last year.

This is shown by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai index. Five years ago, Wageningen UR was at position 46 in the ranking of life sciences universities. 
Each year, the university in Shanghai evaluates the research performances of universities worldwide. In the field of Life Sciences, Wageningen is the best Dutch university. It has gone from position 5 among European universities - behind the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, the Swedish Karolinska Institute and University College London - to position 7, with the Swiss universities of Zurich and Basel now scoring better.
The world ranking is dominated by American universities. On the overall world ranking, Wageningen stands at the shared position of 151-200. Last year, this was 101-150. Utrecht is the best Dutch university at position 48 and Leiden is also among the top 100. The ARWU can be found here, but has a bad accessibility because of over-capacity.
Yesterday's article, which reported that Wageningen has maintained a stable position, was therefore incorrect. It happened to be based on the ARWU list of the year before.
This was pointed out by a perceptive Jan Dijkstra of the Animal Nutrition Group, who had the right list.

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