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For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the highest placed Dutch university in the QS World University Rankings. The UvA has also risen in the overall rankings and now holds the 50th spot. Last year the UvA was ranked 58th. The newest edition of the QS World University Rankings was published on Tuesday, 16 September.

QS World University Ranking

The UvA has also risen in the QS World University Rankings by Faculty, which highlights universities’ strengths in five broad academic areas. Three of the UvA’s academic disciplines are listed in the international top 50. Life Sciences & Medicine has risen from 58th place in 2013 to 37th spot in 2014. Social Sciences & Management holds the 42nd spot (48th in 2013) while Arts & Humanities is listed in 46th place (50th in 2013). Natural Sciences has risen from the 116th to the 100th spot, and Engineering & Technology from the 159th to the 137th spot.

Assessment criteria

The QS World University Rankings are compiled on the basis of the following six criteria: employer reputation, the number of citations, the ratio of staff to students, the number of international academic staff and the number of international students.


Just as in previous years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, US) tops the rankings and is followed by the University of Cambridge (UK) and Imperial College London (UK) in 2nd and 3rd spot respectively.