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University of Groningen

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 THE World University Rankings.

THE World University Rankings

The British magazine Times Higher Education publishes a ranking 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 80.
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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 ranking the University of Groningen can be found in the 72th place (2016). In addition to this impressive overall score, the University falls within the global top 100 for several specific fields and subjects: Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy (51-75), Social Science (76-100), Chemical Engineering (76-100), and Materials Science & Engineering (76-100) .

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 113 in a list of more than 700 universities.
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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).
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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 8 criteria derived from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science citation impact indications. In the 2016 ranking, the University of Groningen holds the 72st place worldwide. The best scores are in the (broad) areas of Clinical Medicine (43), Social Sciences (56) and Life Sciences (75), and in the (more narrow) area of Pharmacology & Toxicology (56).
> 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.
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University Ranking by Academic Performance

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is a ranking of the 2000 universities with the highest number of publications, based onThomson Reuters' Web of Science (WoS). It is compiled by the Middle East Technical University, based in Turkey. The position of an institution is based on absolute numbers of WoS publications and citations (52% weighting factor), relative citation impact (33%), and the number of WoS publications with international co-authors (15%). The University of Groningen is placed 63rd in the list, based on an average taken across 23 subject areas. The University ranks in the global top 100 in no fewer than 12 out of 20 subject areas. Most noteworthy are the top 10% positions in Medical & Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences and Studies in Human Society.
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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 2016 has the University of Groningen in 118th place worldwide and 26th 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 policies. Universities are ranked based on numerical data in the fields of ‘Setting and Infrastructure’, ‘Energy and Climate Change’, ‘Waste’, ‘Water’, ‘Transportation’ and ‘Education’. In 2015 the University of Groningen achieved the 12th place, according to this ranking the most sustainable university of the Netherlands.
> 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 5th non-US university and number 3 in Europe. The University of Groningen owes this high listing to the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Programme, among others.
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