Netherlands Still One of World's Top Study Destinations - THE Rankings

Of Holland's 13 universities, 11 are in World Top 200

The Netherlands has maintained its position as one of the top study destinations in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Together with Australia, it has the 4th highest number of universities in the Top 200.

Netherlands 3rd in Europe

With 11 of its 13 universities in the Top 200, the Netherlands is only outranked by the UK and Germany in Europe. Worldwide it holds the 4th spot in terms of the number of universities in the Top 200. The US boasts the highest number (60), followed by the UK (28) and Germany (23). The Netherlands shares 4th place with Australia (11).

Oxford University Tops 2020 List

The University of Oxford tops the 2020 rankings for the fourth consecutive year, but most of the UK's other leading institutions have fallen, THE reported. In the Netherlands, the Delft University of Technology (67) fell 9 places, giving up its top spot to Wageningen University (59), which has kept its position from last year, as has the University of Amsterdam (62).  

The THE World University Rankings is seen as one of the most influential ranking lists in the world.  The listing includes almost 1,400 institutions from 90 countries. The top 3 this year are Oxford University, followed by the California Institute of Technology in the US, and the University of Cambridge in the UK. 

"Germany Poised to Overtake UK"

Phil Baty, THE's chief knowledge officer, said that, based on current trends and with Brexit looming, Germany was “poised to overtake the UK as Europe’s number one higher education nation”, thanks to its extra research spending, increased focus on internationalisation and successful excellence initiative.

The publication wrote on its website: "As more and more international students choose to study at a top Dutch university, the number of degrees taught in English has increased. All Dutch universities in the ranking teach more than 40 different undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English and some – such as the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University – teach well over 100 degrees in English."

WUP 20/9/2019
by Anesca Smith
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