The Netherlands has the 7th best higher education system in the world according to the Universitas 21 Ranking 2014, which was published on Thursday, 15 May. This annual ranking by Universitas 21, a global network of research universities that includes the University of Amsterdam (UvA), ranks not individual universities, but national higher education systems.
Fifty countries were ranked using 24 appraisal criteria: resources (investments by the government and the private sector), environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and opportunities for participation), connectivity (international networks and collaboration) and output (of research, research impact and academically trained professionals). The top five countries in the ranking are the United States, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and Finland.
Repeating last year's result, the Netherlands has been ranked 7th overall, based on a rank of 1 for Environment, 10 for Resources, 9 for Output and 9 for Connectivity.
The Netherlands ranks 12th for total expenditure on higher education as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and 9th for expenditures per student. It ranks 4th for research and development expenditures by tertiary institutions. The participation rate in the Netherlands ranks in 11th place, higher than the 20th place in the ranking for educational qualifications of the workforce.
The Universitas 21 Ranking serves as a benchmark for policymakers and educational institutions. The study was carried out by researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. New this year is the inclusion of an auxiliary ranking in which the data are corrected to account for the level of economic development of each country. The Netherlands takes 10th place in this ranking.
Founded in 1997, Universitas 21 (U21) is a global network of leading research universities in 15 countries. The network's aim is to foster intensive collaborative ties. The UvA is the only U21 partner in the Netherlands.