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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite of universities with a classification in the top 100 of the ARWU Shanghai Ranking and the THE World University Rankings. Below is an overview of the positions that we hold in various international ranking lists. The overview is by no means complete and is limited to a number of international rankings that are paid much global attention. Quality, however, comprises many dimensions (teaching, research, societal impact,
etc.) and is strongly dependent on the geographical and disciplinary context – which is, by definition, not equal across all of the parts of the University (faculties, institutes, degree programmes).

Academic Ranking of World Universities (#65, 2019)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU Shanghai Ranking) is a global top 500, published annually by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. In this ranking the University of Groningen can be found in the 65th place (August 2019). In addition to this impressive overall score, the University falls within the global top 100 for several specific fields and subjects: Psychology, Clinical Medicine, Business Administration, Ecology and Sociology. Automation and Control at the University of Groningen was number one in the Netherlands, 3th in Europe and 15th worldwide.

THE World University Rankings (#73, 2020)

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. In this ranking, the University of Groningen is at position 73. In the ‘Subject Rankings’ of 2019 (representing broad fields), the University belongs to the top 100 in Arts & Humanities (74), Business & Economics (80), Education (97), Law (55), Life Sciences (84), Physical Sciences (81), Psychology (34) en Pre-clinical, Clinical & Health (72).
>THE-WUR Rankings

QS World University Rankings (#115, 2020)

The QS World University Rankings, published annually, is an influential ranking list of institutions of higher education. In the 2020 edition, published on 20 June 2019, the University of Groningen holds the 115th position on this list of over 900 universities worldwide.
> QS World University Rankings

U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’ (#101, 2018)

The American journal U.S. News publishes a worldwide ranking list of universities based on data from Clarivate Analytics, the company that publishes the citation database Web of Science (WoS). In addition to the reputation among academics (25%), the research performance derived from the WoS is also taken into account (75%). The University of Groningen takes an overall 101st place in this ranking. We are in the global top 100 in the fields of Economics and Business (32), Psychiatry/Psychology (33), Molecular Biology and Genetics (43), Arts and Humanities (72), Space Science (73), Clinical Medicine (73), Social Sciences & Public Health (83), Neuroscience & Behavior (90) en Pharmacology and Toxicology (95).  
> U.S. News 'Best Global Universities Ranking'

NTU Ranking (#80, 2018)

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 August 2018 ranking, the University of Groningen holds the 80th place worldwide. The best scores are in the areas of Clinical Medicine (52), Social Sciences (56), Life Sciences (77) and Pharmacology & Toxicology (78).
> NTU Ranking 2018

Global Employability University Ranking (#109, 2017)

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 University of Groningen secured the 109th place in the 2017 rankings. Additionally, survey respondents from a range of firms and industries were asked a host of questions about the skills that they believe graduates need to adapt to the digital revolution, and which countries and institutions they feel are best preparing students for it. In this ranking, the University of Groningen secured the 6th place worldwide.
> Global Employability University Ranking 2017

University Ranking by Academic Performance (#63, 2018)

The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is a ranking of the 2000 universities with the highest number of publications, based on Thomson 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.
> University Ranking by Academic Performance

Webometrics (#101, 2019)

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 January 2019 has the University of Groningen in 101st place worldwide and 22nd place within Europe.
> Webometrics Ranking

UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (#8, 2019)

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 2019 the University of Groningen achieved the 8th place.
> UI GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities

Best Places to Work ranking list (#24)

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.
> The Scientist

CWUR World University Rankings (#100)

The Center for World University Rankings, a Higher Education consulting organization headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, published its first global academic ranking in 2012. It stands out for its attempt to include the quality of education and alumni employment, besides more traditional indicators based on research outputs and citations. In addition, it does not rely on reputation surveys nor on data provided by the universities themselves. The ranking is based on seven indicators calculated from data published by independent public sources: Faculty and Alumni having won major international awards, CEO positions in Forbes Global top 2000 companies, (highly cited) papers and journals from Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science. Overall, UG ranks nr. 100 in this list (Utrecht #72, Leiden #90).
> CWUR World University Rankings

Europe Teaching Rankings (#26)

Times Higher Education has introduced a new ranking: the Europe Teaching Rankings. The UG has achieved 26th place in this ranking, which classifies more than 200 universities according to the quality of their teaching. The Teaching Ranking is based on 14 indicators, six of which were taken from the European Student Survey, which is weighted at 45%. This survey covers subjects such as involvement in the degree programme, interaction with lecturers, teaching quality and career preparation. The other eight indicators are based on data that are also used for the famous Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

> Europe Teaching Rankings

U-Multirank (the Netherlands #1)

U-Multirank (UMR) is technically not a ranking but an online tool used to compare higher education institutions from over 70 different countries. They may be compared on the basis of a great number of indicators within five different dimensions (teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement). UMR is developed by a consortium led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. The first edition was published in 2014. In the 2019 edition, the UG will again hold first place in the Netherlands, achieving the highest score on 16 indicators including all six out of six indicators in the international orientation dimension, six out of 10 indicators in the research dimension and four out of nine indicators in the knowledge transfer dimension.
> U-Multirank

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