The University of Amsterdam (UvA) rose from 165th place to 92nd place in the World Universities Rankings 2011-2012 organised by Times Higher Education (THE). The UvA is one of four Dutch universities on the list. Utrecht University is the highest ranked Dutch university in 68th place.
Dutch universities have done well in the rankings this year. The Netherlands is the third most successful country in terms of the number of universities in the top 200 ranking, which is traditionally dominated by American and British universities. American universities top the list, occupying the first, second and third spots. California Institute of Technology is number one in the rankings.
There are various international rankings that use different methodologies. The Times Higher Education ranking uses a methodology with 13 different performance indicators distributed over five broad categories: teaching (30%), citations (30%), research (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%).
THE and QS
Times Higher Education (THE) has had its own ranking since last year. Before that, THE worked together with QS in organising the THE-QS World University Ranking. The QS ranking was released on Wednesday, 6 September 2011. In this ranking, the UvA was placed 63rd worldwide.