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Rankings: the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities are among the worlds’ best

Worldwide, rankings of universities have been published for about twenty years. Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in China was the first in June 2003 and many others would follow. ‘Rankings of universities should be used with caution,’ says Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Dean Prof.dr. Wim van den Doel. ‘A lot is measured, but a lot is not.’ Nevertheless, we want to know: where in the rankings do the Zuid-Holland universities; Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam, end up?

Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam can be found in different places in the various rankings. But all three can rightfully claim to be a top 100 university. Since there are about 20,000 universities worldwide, they belong to the top 1% in the world. In certain fields in particular, the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities are among the absolute best in the world.

Van den Doel explicitly refers to the rankings per subject as drawn up by Times Higher Education and QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The opinions of academics and employers are combined with bibliometric data. ‘You can see how good the universities in Zuid-Holland are, especially in the rankings per discipline. Almost always in the top 100, often in the top 50 and sometimes even in the top 10 in the world. Something to be proud of’.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021:

  • Accounting & Finance: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 38;
  • Anthropology: Leiden University nr. 25;
  • Archaeology: Leiden University nr. 8 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Architecture: TU Delft nr. 3 (nr. 1 in Nederland);
  • Art & Design: TU Delft nr. 11 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Biological Sciences: Leiden University nr. 67;
  • Business & Management Studies: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 16 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Chemical Engineering: TU Delft nr. 14 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands)
  • Chemistry: TU Delft nr. 50 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands); Leiden University nr. 129;
  • Civil and Structural Engineering: TU Delft nr. 3 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands)
  • Classics & Ancient History: Leiden University nr. 4 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Communication & Media Studies: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 51-100;
  • Computer Science and Information Systems: TU Delft nr. 72;
  • Development Studies: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 12 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands); Leiden University nr. 28;
  • Earth & Marine Sciences: TU Delft nr. 43;
  • Economics & Econometrics: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 43;
  • Education & Training: TU Delft nr. 87; Leiden University nr. 98;
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: TU Delft nr. 16 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • English Language & Literature: Leiden University nr. 59;
  • Environmental Studies: TU Delft nr. 14;
  • Geology: TU Delft nr. 43;
  • Geophysics: TU Delft nr. 41.
  • History: Leiden University nr. 15 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Law & Legal Studies: Leiden University nr. 24 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands); Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 101-150;
  • Library & Information Management: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 43;
  • Linguistics: Leiden University nr. 31;
  • Materials Sciences: TU Delft nr. 36;
  • Mathematics: TU Delft nr. 77.
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: TU Delft nr. 7 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Medicine: Erasmus University Rotterdam /Erasmus MC nr. 35; Leiden University/LUMC nr. 69;
  • Mineral & Mining Engineering: TU Delft nr. 20 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Modern Languages: Leiden University nr. 57;
  • Petroleum Engineering: TU Delft nr. 13 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology: Leiden University nr. 11 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Philosophy: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 51-100;
  • Physics & Astronomy: TU Delft nr. 76; Leiden University nr. 88;
  • Politics: Leiden University nr. 22 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Psychology: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 39; Leiden University nr. 52;
  • Religious Studies: Leiden University nr. 51-100
  • Social Policy & Administration: Leiden University nr. 34; Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 51-100;
  • Sociology: Leiden University nr. 56; Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 91;
  • Statistics & Operational Research: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 31; TU Delft nr. 38;

Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2021

  • Arts and Humanities: Leiden University nr. 22 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Business and Economics: Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 25 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Clinical and Health: Erasmus MC nr. 62 (nr. 2 in the Netherlands); LUMC nr. 72 (nr. 4 in the Netherlands);
  • Computer Science: TU Delft nr. 53 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Engineering and Technology: TU Delft nr. 21 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands);
  • Law: Leiden University nr. 24 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands); Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 62 (nr. 6 in the Netherlands);
  • Physical Sciences: TU Delft nr. 52 (nr. 1 in the Netherlands); Leiden University nr. 80 (nr. 4 in the Netherlands);
  • Psychology: Leiden University nr. 77 (nr. 8 in the Netherlands);
  • Social Sciences: Leiden University nr. 37 (nr. 3 in the Netherlands); Erasmus University Rotterdam nr. 58 (nr. 4 in the Netherlands).

Responsible use of rankings:
The Center for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University explains in the video below how rankings can be used responsibly:

University Rankings from Kindea Labs on Vimeo.

This item originates from: leiden-delft-erasmus.nl

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