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Although rankings do not tell the whole story of how well a university is performing, they do give a picture of how our University scores on various aspects of academic education, research and valorisation.

Different rankings have their own specific focus and choose indicators which, in their view, reflect the performance of a university

The University of Twente (UT) has taken a top position in various global and national rankings. For instance, the Times Higher Education (THE) ranks us among the top 300 universities worldwide. Below is an overview of leading rankings that include UT.

ARWU Shanghai Ranking 

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. 

Overall ranking UT in 2022 401-500

CWTS Leiden ranking

The CWTS Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of the involvement of universities in scientific collaboration. Compared with other university rankings, the Leiden Ranking offers more advanced indicators of scientific impact and collaboration and uses a more transparent methodology. The Leiden Ranking does not rely on subjective data obtained from reputational surveys or on data provided by universities themselves.

Overall ranking UT in 2022: 479

Elsevier Beste Studies 

EW Beste Studies has helped students choose a study since 1994. With independent comparisons and rankings, student opinions, facts about colleges and universities and high-quality information on the job market. In 2022, Elsevier lists the University of Twente as the best technical university, with the highest proportion of gold medals. Three out of 51 study programmes score the highest rating: the Master's in Industrial Engineering & Management, Public Administration, and the Bachelor's in Applied Physics. 

Times Higher Education Rankings (THE)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) are powered by Thomson Reuters. They are the only global university performance tables to judge world universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. 

THE employs several carefully calibrated performance indicators, which have been classified into five areas:
  • Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30% of the overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30%)
  • Citations: research influence (worth 30%)
  • Industry income: innovation (worth 2.5%)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5%)

Overall ranking UT in 2023: 251-300

QS world university rankings

The QS World University Rankings currently follows about 1,600 universities worldwide. In the ranking of 2023, UT is positioned in the range of the first 20%. Part of the ranking is based on hard data (faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international students by faculty). Another important part is based on data obtained from two large global surveys – one among academics and another among employers (academic reputation, employer reputation).

Overall ranking UT in 2023: 212

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