- Opponents EU treaty with Ukraine are two steps aheadResearch by the University of Twente and I&O Research has shown that the opponents of the EU Treaty with the Ukraine have the lead. The referendum on this matter will be held on 6 April. If the referendum had been held in January, it is expected that 56% would have voted against and 44% would have voted in favour of the treaty. These figures have received a lot of media attention. However, researcher Martin Rosema claims that the results obtained about how the referendum has been ‘framed’, are far more interesting.Tue 9 Feb 2016Read more
- UT achieves sensationally higher score in Times Higher Education rankingThis year the UT achieved the 149th position of all knowledge institutes assessed in the Times Higher Education ranking (THE). A very substantial rise of 61 places when compared to last year (210). With this score the UT also rises in the list of Dutch universities, to a second place of three technical universities.
The THE ranking is considered one of the three most influential and prominent university rankings, next to the QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai ranking). The UT achieves higher scores in all THE categories (education, research, internationalization and valorization). The citation impact has especially increased. Citation impact, the standardized amount of citations of UT publications per discipline, is one of the most important components of the THE ranking. The UT's score on citation impact has risen from 49 (in 2014) to 69 in 2015 (on a scale from 0 to 100).
In the past couple of years, in addition to a higher citation impact, the UT also shows a rising trend in the amount of revenue from the corporate sector per member of staff and the amount of publications and doctoral degrees per member of staff. International prestige has visibly risen as well in this ranking. This concerns the percentage of international students and members of staff and the percentage of international co-publications.
"In the past years the UT devoted a lot of attention to the systematic publication of research results in internationally renowned academic journals, including disciplines in which this was not the usual practice. This policy is clearly paying off and it shows great appreciation of our scientists' achievements. In addition, a revision of the methodology at THE ensures that the differences in disciplines are more carefully considered, which results in both the natural, technical and social sciences at the UT being more accurately represented. This development also closely matches our new strategy to, in addition to disciplinary excellence in our education research, create added value through multidisciplinary combinations. This will still have to be internationally acknowledged and accredited," according to Ed Brinksma, rector magnificus.Thu 1 Oct 2015Read more