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Siebrand Poppema

Within the framework of the internationalization of higher education, competition between universities to attract top foreign students and staff is increasing. A strong international profile is essential. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU and the QS World University ranking lists, two of the most influential ranking lists in the academic world.
President of the Board Poppema on the Shanghai classification: "We are now one of the elite group of Top 100 research universities in the most prestigious ranking list."

Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is a global top-500, published annually by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In this important ranking the University of Groningen can be found in the 75th place (2015). Next to this impressive overall score, the University falls within the global top-100 for several specific fields and subjects.

U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’

In 2014 the American journal U.S. News started publishing a worldwide ranking list of universities based on data from Thomson Reuters, the company that publishes the citation database Web of Science (WoS) and was until 2014 closely involved in the compilation of the THE ranking list. In addition to the reputation among academics (25%), the research performance derived from the WoS (65%) and the number of PhDs awarded (10%) are also taken into account. The University of Groningen takes an overall 93rd place in this ranking. We are in the global Top 100 in the fields of Psychiatry/Psychology (26), Economics and Business (47), Molecular Biology and Genetics (47), Space Science (53), Clinical Medicine (63), Biology and Biochemistry (64), Social Sciences and Public Health (65), Pharmacology and Toxicology (74), Arts and Humanities (75), and Neuroscience and Behavior (77).
> U.S. News 'Best Global Universities Ranking'

QS World University Rankings

The annual QS World University Rankings is an influential ranking list of higher education institutions. The University of Groningen features at number 100 in a list of more than 700 universities. According to the QS Subject Rankings, the University of Groningen belongs to the global top-100 with the faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine and in the area of Development studies.
> QS World University Rankings

THE World University Rankings

The British magazine 'Times Higher Education' publishes a list of universities around the world. In addition to performance in the field of research and education, it also considers the international reputation of the institution. An important change in the methodology is that the publication, citation and reputation data as of 2015 are no longer obtained from Thomson Reuters (eg Web of Science), but from Elsevier (eg Scopus). In this ranking, the University of Groningen is at position 74. In the six ‘Subjects Rankings’ (representing broad Fields), our position improved in Arts & Humanities (from 84th to 81st) and in Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health (from 99th to 90th) but fell in Social Sciences (from 88th to 96th) while we dropped out of the Top-100 in Physics (79th last year).
>THE-WUR Rankings

NTU Ranking

Since 2012, the National Taiwan University publishes the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, previously known as the HEEACT Ranking. It concerns a global top 500 of universities, based on eight criteria derived from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science citation impact indications. In the 2015 ranking, the University of Groningen holds the 71st place worldwide and the 20th place within Europe. The best scores are in the (broad) areas of Clinical Medicine (46), Social Sciences (61) and Life Sciences (69), and in the (more narrow) area of Pharmacology & Toxicology (52).
> NTU Ranking 2015

Global Employability University Ranking

A degree from the University of Groningen opens doors to the international employment market. This is evident from the Global Employability University Ranking published by Times Higher Education. The French human resources consulting agency Emerging and the German market research firm Trendence asked 2,200 HR officers and 2,400 company managers in twenty countries which universities supplied the most ideal young candidates. The University of Groningen secured the 114th place in the 2015 rankings.
> Global Employability University Ranking 2015

Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Citation Impact

The ESI of Thomson Reuters is a publicly accessible web application based on the best-known citation database, the ISI Web of Science. Of the 100 universities with the most publications, the University of Groningen is in the 54th spot, based on an average of 22 fields of the ESI. In the fields of Chemistry and Material Science, the University belongs to the top 4% globally and in Plant & Animal Science, Environment/Ecology, Microbiology and Physics to the top 15-33%.
Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Citation Impact


The Webometrics ranking list is compiled using measurements conducted every six months by the Spanish Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Webometrics focuses on university websites, measuring the universities’ performance on the basis of activities and results on their website and the impact and relevance of these activities and results. The CSIC measurement conducted in July 2015 has the University of Groningen in 107th place worldwide and 24th place within Europe.
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UI GreenMetric World University Ranking

The UI GreenMetric ranking list was established by Universitas Indonesia to draw attention to sustainability in university policy. Universities are ranked based on numerical data in the fields of ‘Setting and Infrastructure’, ‘Energy and Climate Change’, ‘Waste’, ‘Water’, ‘Transportation’ and ‘Education’. In 2013 the University of Groningen achieved the 49th place.
> UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities

Best Places to Work ranking list

The University of Groningen marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia 2012, published by the American journal The Scientist. This makes the University of Groningen the fifth non-US university and number 3 in Europe. The University of Groningen owes this high listing to the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Programme, among others.
> The Scientist

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