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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the highest-ranked Dutch university in the QS World University Rankings 2010 which were published on Wednesday, 8 September 2010.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the highest ranked Dutch university in the QS World University Rankings 2010 which was published on Wednesday, 8 September 2010. The UvA is ranked 56th. Last year, the UvA was ranked 49th in the Times Higher Education (THE) - QS World University Rankings. THE and QS have their own separate ranking as of this year. The ranking of THE - together with new partner Thomson Reuters - will appear on Thursday, 16 September.

Assessment by discipline

Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences at the UvA performed particularly well in assessments per academic discipline, ranking 29th and 32nd respectively. Life Sciences and Biomedicine at the UvA is ranked 50th internationally. Natural Sciences is ranked 69th and Engineering and IT is in 123rd place.

Evaluation criteria

Universities are assessed according to four criteria in the QS World University Rankings: research quality (peer review ), quality of teaching, the staff-student ratio, internationalisation, and the employability of graduates in the job market.

International top

Cambridge University (UK) tops the list, followed by Harvard University (USA) in 2nd place, and Yale University (USA) in 3rd place. In total, there are four Dutch universities in the QS top 100: the UvA (56th), Leiden University (82nd), Utrecht University (83rd) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (99th).