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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked 63rd in the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The rankings were released on Wednesday, 21 September.

THE World University Rankings

Last year the UvA made a significant leap from 77th (2014) to 58th spot (2015). This year the UvA has dropped five places but remains – just like last year – the second highest ranked Dutch university in the THE World University Rankings.

To compile its rankings, Times Higher Education uses a methodology with in total 13 performance indicators distributed over five broad categories: teaching (30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%).


The highest ranked university is the University of Oxford, followed by California Institute of Technology and Stanford University in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The highest ranked Dutch university is Delft University of Technology at 59th place. Just like last year, a total of eight Dutch universities are ranked in the top 100.

About rankings

The UvA is continually striving to strengthen and improve its teaching and research. A high ranking isn’t an aim in itself, but can be the result of better teaching and research. A good position in large international rankings is important on the international stage because many international researchers and students firstly use rankings to gauge the quality of the university where they would like to work or study.

Earlier this month it was announced that the UvA is placed 57th in the 2016-2017 QS World University Rankings, making it the highest ranked Dutch university on the list.