The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University from Holland has published rankings of top 500 universities in the world. These rankings assessed scientific impact of universities by identifying how often they were cited in the articles and reviews during the recent years.
The Netherlands were represented by 12 research universities. All of them scored within the first 200 results, while 6 of them made the top 100.
Leiden University was ranked 58th and became the best research university in Holland. Compared to the 2012 year result Leiden climbed up by 42 positions worldwide and by 6 positions nationally. This university also became 23rd worldwide in the field of natural sciences and engineering and proved themselves as a national leader in this category.
The top Dutch university in the field of life and earth sciences, Utrecht University moved from 90th to 64th overall position this year and took the 2nd place nationally. Wageningen University and Research Centre was placed 78th worldwide and 3rd in the Netherlands with about same results as in the last year rankings.
Among the best 100 research universities in world are also VU University Amsterdam (83rd place), TU Eindhoven (94th), and Erasmus University Rotterdam (96th). The best ranking progress was shown by the Maastricht University, which climbed up by 83 positions and took 123rd place.
Second year in a row Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked first overall and became a leader of large group of US universities, occupied top places of the Leiden rankings.