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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has been placed 55th in the QS World University Rankings, published on Tuesday, 15 September. As in previous years, the UvA is the highest-ranked Dutch university. In 2014, the UvA was placed 50th in the global rankings and 58th in 2013.

QS World University Ranking

In the QS World University Rankings by Faculty, an evaluation by academic discipline, the UvA ranked in the top 50 for Life Sciences & Medicine and Social Sciences & Management, achieving the 32nd and 45th place respectively. The UvA is placed 52nd in Arts & Humanities, 112th in the Natural Sciences and 111th in Engineering & Technology.

Top 3

As in previous years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) leads the rankings, followed by Harvard University (US) in second place and the University of Cambridge (UK) in third.


The QS World University Rankings are compiled based on six criteria: academic reputation, reputation among employers, the number of citations, the staff-student ratio, the proportion of international staff and the proportion of international students.