University of Twente included in leading rankings

Although rankings do not tell the whole story of how well a university is performing, they do give a picture of how the UT 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 has taken a top position in various global and national rankings. For instance, the Times Higher Education (THE) ranks us among the top 250 universities worldwide. 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 2022: 212

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 2022: 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

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They use carefully calibrated indicators to provide a comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. The ranking on SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure measures universities is led by three institutions in joint first place including the University of Twente.