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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 its ‘Best Global Universities Rankings’, a new world-wide ranking list of universities based on data from Thomson Reuters, the company that publishes the citation database Web of Science (WoS) and is also closely involved in the compilation of the THE ranking list. In addition to the reputation among fellow academics (25%), the research achievements derived from the WoS (65%) and the number of PhDs awarded (10%) are also taken into account. The University of Groningen takes an overall 98th place in this ranking list. Our university is also in U.S. News’ global Top 100 in the fields of Psychiatry/Psychology(27), Space Science (53), Biology and Biochemistry (59), Molecular Biology and Genetics (59), Clinical Medicine (61), Pharmacology and Toxicology (71), Social Sciences and Public Health (74), Economics and ence and Behaviour (96), and Plant and Animal Science (99).
> 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 90 in a list of more than 700 universities. According to the QS Subject Rankings, the University of Groningen belongs to the global top-100 in the areas of Biological Sciences, Philosophy and Psychology.
> QS World University Rankings 2014-2015

THE World University Rankings

The British magazine Times Higher Education publishes rankings of universities around the world, using the Thomson Reuters method. This method focuses particularly on performance in the field of research and education and the institution's international reputation. On this ranking the University of Groningen has achieved the 117th position. The best scores are in the areas of Arts and Humanities (81), Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health (90), and Social Sciences (96).
>THE-WUR Rankings 2014-2015

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 2014 ranking, the University of Groningen holds the 81st place worldwide and the 26th place within Europe. The best scores are in the (broad) areas of Clinical Medicine (54), Social Sciences (65) and Life Sciences (79), and in the (more narrow) area of Pharmacology & Toxicology (73).
> NTU Ranking 2014

Global Employability Survey

A degree from the University of Groningen opens doors to the international employment market. This is evident from the Global Employability Survey published recently in the New York Times. Several thousand HR officers and company managers in twenty countries were asked what they looked for when appointing recent graduates, and which universities supplied the most ideal young candidates. The employability of University of Groningen alumni turned out to be high throughout the world. The University of Groningen secured 86thplace in the 2014 rankings, making it the third Dutch university in this list of the top 150 universities after Eindhoven University of Technology (76) and Utrecht University (82).
> Global Employability Survey 2014

CHE Excellence Ranking

According to the German Centre for Higher Education, the University of Groningen is a member of the so-called Excellence Group of best universities in Europe in five of seven investigated disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Economics. The Excellence Group consists of 56 members, which is 1.3 per cent of the approximately 4500 institutions for higher education in Europe. This ranking is published in cooperation with the German newspaper Die Zeit.
> CHE Excellence Ranking

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 56th 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 2014 has the University of Groningen in 103th place worldwide and 23th place within Europe.
> Webometrics Ranking

Best Places to Work ranking list

The University of Groningen marks the 5th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia 2012, published by the American journal The Scientist. The University of Groningen owes this high listing to the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Programme, among others.
> The Scientist

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 65th place.
> UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities

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