The CHE Ranking of European Universities

The evolution of a common European higher education area in the context of the Bologna process, and a common European Research Area in the Lisbon strategy, will lead to a growing European mobility of students and higher education staff. Hence comparable information about European higher education institutions will become more important for students as well as for academics. The Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) in Germany operates a multi-dimensional and individually adjustable ‘report card’ web site since 2000. The aim of the one-year pilot project ‘The CHE ranking of European universities’ is to couple Dutch and Flemish higher education institutions to the CHE web ranking. The CHE ranking is seen internationally as a ‘best practice’ and has already proven in Austria and Switzerland that it is amenable to international comparative rankings.

The German and Dutch ( web sites with information for students to make their own rankings until now have focused mostly on first degree programmes (bachelor and in Germany also Diplom) , as well as on facilities and services for students. Adaptation of information from the two national databases for common ranking is a first step in this project. Besides, we will work on extending towards inclusion of Flemish higher education institutions, towards master programmes and research ranking information. For these extensions, the pilot project will focus on a limited number of areas and a limited number of higher education institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders.

The results will be included in the CHE Ranking and published in a print version as well as on an interactive website. The project builds on previous events about ranking in the Netherlands.

The partners in this project, which is funded by the European Commission, are:


Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE), Gütersloh


Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, Enschede


Centre for Sciene and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University


Flemish Ministry for Education, Brussels

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web content reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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