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University of Twente included in leading rankings

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For the fourth time, the University of Twente (UT) was awarded the title Most Entrepreneurial University in the Netherlands in 2020. The Times Higher Education (THE) ranks us among the top 250 universities worldwide. We have also been acclaimed as the Best technical University in the Netherlands for our bachelor's programmes. Below is an overview of leading rankings that include UT.

QS world university rankings

The QS World University Rankings currently follows about 1,600 universities worldwide. In the ranking of 2021, UT is positioned in the range of the first 17%. 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 2021: 189

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 2021: 201-250

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 2020: 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 2021: 461

Most entrepreneurial university

For the fourth time in a row, UT has been named 'Most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands' by ScienceWorks, in 2020. The title underlines the pioneering nature of the university and demonstrates the innovative power of the Twente system and the region. Next to this title, ScienceWorks also proclaimed UT the university with the most societal impact. The ranking for this category is based on four themes: the most entrepreneurial university, best cooperating university, best-communicating university and most civic engaging university. UT's high score on the first one contributes greatly to this title. UT also came first in the previous ranking (2017).

Why is it that Twente does so well in translating scientific research into economically viable activity?

For its assessment, ScienceWorks looked at the scores of the universities on four themes:

  • The number of spin-offs; this indicator implies how many scientific "inventions" have actually led to a start-up company. Every year around 15 to 25 spin-offs are born in Twente.
  • The number of patents applied for; an indicator that speaks for itself: often "inventions" are protected by a patent, as a result of which a competitor cannot simply copy the idea. 
  • The availability of (pre-seed and seed) financing; spin-offs generally find it hard to receive financing in the early phases of their development. All has to do with the great uncertainty about the opportunity. With pre-seed and seed financing activities such as the development of prototypes, market surveys and the first steps on the market are made possible.
  • Size of the science parks; the economic impact of innovation can be translated into the number of jobs that result from the ideas. Growth in the number of jobs is usually the result of an innovation, which allows a company to grow and therefore the number of jobs in the knowledge-intensive science parks too.

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