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For the second year running, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been named the top Dutch university in the QS World University Rankings 2011, which were published on Monday, 5 September.

For the second year running, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been named the top Dutch university in the QS World University Rankings 2011, which were published on Monday, 5 September. The UvA has however dropped a few places overall and is now ranked 63rd worldwide. Last year, the University of Amsterdam was ranked 56th.

Rankings by subject

The UvA made the global top 50 for Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences and Management subjects, the former in 41st place and the latter 39th place. Natural Sciences took 64th place, Life Sciences and Medicine ranked 69th, and Engineering and Technology took 177th place.

Assessment criteria

QS World University Rankings are compiled on the basis of academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), citations (20%), the ratio of staff-students (20%), the percentage of international academic staff (5%) and percentage of international students (5%).

Global top three

Cambridge University (UK) tops the list, followed by Harvard University (USA) in second place, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) in third place. In total, there are three Dutch universities in the top 100: the UvA (63rd), Utrecht University (80th) and Leiden University (88th).