This year TU/e is 104th in the QS World University Rankings and, according to QS, is the third best university in the Netherlands. Only Delft and Amsterdam (UvA) perform better. Over the past five years, TU/e has risen gradually by some fifty places up this ranking and was the fastest Dutch climber this year (from #121 last year). At 104th in the QS ranking, this puts TU/e among the top 1 percent of the world’s 26000 universities. QS announced the list today, 8 June.

According to a TU/e spokesperson, the QS list is one of the highest regarded university rankings worldwide. The compilers examine a number of indicators, including the relative academic and scientific impact, measured by the number of citations per academic member of staff. It is particularly in this respect that TU/e is a top performer, ranked 56th worldwide. Also in terms of the percentage of international staff, the university is highly ranked at 72nd. As for the number of international students and academic reputation, the scores are somewhat lower for TU/e.

“We are pleased to be moving up this ranking,” says TU/e rector Frank Baaijens. “Especially the acknowledgement of the excellence of our research, which is a wonderful compliment to our staff. We still lag behind in terms of our international academic reputation. So this is an opportunity for us.”

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