10 DUTCH UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 100 EUROPE
Belgium? Germany? Great Britain? Nope. What stands out in the Europe University Rankings 2017 is the exceptional performance of the Netherlands’ 13 main research-intensive universiteiten – every single one of which makes the top 100 of the Europe ranking.
On research reputation, citation impact and research productivity (papers to academic staff), the Netherlands has a clear advantage over the European pack compared with Germany and the UK, which are more in line with the continent as a whole. Meanwhile, for income measures – both research and industry – the Netherlands and Germany alike display major strengths over the UK.
Karl Dittrich, president of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), highlights a strong awareness among the country’s institutions of their “public function”, which “has allowed them to view each other not primarily as competitors, but as partners”.
“Researchers actively seek out the connection with their Dutch peers,” he says, referring to initiatives such as the Dutch National Research Agenda, a set of national priorities that help to ensure that higher education institutions and other organisations – including industry – “work towards more cooperation within the broader knowledge chain”.
(Source: Times Higher Education, THE)