The university has managed to retain the same position it had last year, even though the makers of the rankings – half of which are based on the reputation the educational institutes have – modified the rankings’ methodology once again.
In 2014-2015 the university was in ninetieth place, but fell to the hundredth spot in 2015-2016. Last year, the RUG was forced out of the top 100. This drop is due to a change in the way the rankings are calculated. QS decided to count the number of citations for each faculty, rather than for universities as a whole.
The only Dutch institutes to actually go up in the QS rankings are the technical universities of Delft (54) and Eindhoven (104). The UvA is at number 58, Utrecht and Leiden are at 109, Rotterdam at 147, and Tilburg has ended up as number 357.
Number one of the list is the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Stanford and Harvard.
The QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 were published three months earlier than normal.