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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has risen from 77th to 58th spot in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the newest THE rankings, released on Wednesday, 30 September, the UvA is the second highest ranked Dutch university.

THE World University Ranking

The THE World University Rankings is based on 13 performance indicators grouped into five categories: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%). The UvA’s score has risen in all of the categories, most notably in teaching, research and citations. 


In a repeat of last year, the latest THE World University Rankings is headed by California Institute of Technology (Caltech, US), followed by Oxford University (UK) and Stanford University (US) in second and third place respectively. A total of eight Dutch universities are listed in the top 100, of which Wageningen UR is the highest ranked at 47th. 

About rankings

The UvA’s goal is to continue improving its teaching and research, which may result in a better position in the international rankings. A higher spot on international rankings is not an end in itself, but rather the result of better teaching and research. A solid position in large international rankings is particularly important on the international stage because many international researchers and students use such rankings to measure and assess the quality of a university at which they are considering to work or study.