The Netherlands has 14 research universities that are accredited and funded by the government. These are institutions of tertiary education. Their focus is towards academic education and scientific research. They are accredited to confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Dutch science and academia do extremely well at an international level, even featuring among the top 1% worldwide.
Read more about the Dutch Research Universities at the VSNU – Association of Research Universities in the Netherlands
The QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 includes 13 universities in the Netherlands, all ranked within the world’s top 300, and an impressive five of these are within the global top 100. The nation’s highest-ranking institution is the University of Amsterdam, at 55th in the world, with Delft University of Technology and Utrecht University not too far behind, at 64th and 94th respectively.
Combine this high quality with relatively favorable tuition rates and plenty of English language courses (the Dutch are generally known for their fluency in English as a second language) and you can begin to see why the Netherlands is one of continental Europe’s most popular choices for international study
The top six Dutch universities in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 are:
University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam is the country’s largest higher education institution, with around 31,000 students enrolled. Established in 1632, it is the third oldest university in the Netherlands, and the highest ranked, at 55th in the QS World University Rankings. Within Europe, it is the 15th highest ranked. It teaches undergraduate and graduate programs across a broad spectrum of subjects, with a large selection of English-taught master’s degrees, and a few English-taught bachelor’s degrees.
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
The country’s oldest and largest public technical university, Delft University of Technology was founded in 1842, and is currently ranked 64th in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings. Also known as TU Delft, it teaches about 19,500 students, with a focus on engineering disciplines, computer science, mathematics, applied sciences, and policy and management in technology. Prometheus, a figure from Greek mythology, is an important symbol of TU Delft, and his statue stands in the center of the newly renovated Mekelpark campus. In the 2015 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, TU Delft places within the global top 15 for chemical engineering.
Established in 1636, Utrecht University is another of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. The QS World University Rankings 2015/16 place Utrecht University third among universities in the Netherlands and 94th in the world. Currently almost 30,000 students are enrolled across the university’s seven faculties, which makes it one of the largest universities in the Netherlands as well. The university claims 12 Nobel Prize laureates among its former students and staff, alongside 13 Spinoza Prize laureates.
The oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden University was founded in 1575 by William I, Prince of Orange, an ancestor of the Netherlands’ monarchy. The institution is currently ranked 95th in the world. It has around 23,000 students, studying a broad range of subjects from bachelor’s up to PhD level. The university houses more than 40 research institutes and has links with many national and international leaders, including former US President John Adams, two Secretary Generals of NATO, as well as 16 Nobel Prize winners.
University of Groningen
The fifth-ranked university in the Netherlands is the University of Groningen , placed 100th in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings. Established in 1614, it was one of the Netherlands’ first few universities, and has a long history of leadership, including claims to the country’s first female student, first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. About 30,000 students are currently enrolled, and like other top universities in the Netherlands, it’s a popular choice for international students.
Eindhoven University of Technology
Ranked 117th in the world, Eindhoven University of Technology – as its name would suggest – is especially well-reputed in the engineering and technical fields, and also ranks among the world’sleading universities for architecture. With around 7,100 students, Eindhoven conducts high levels of research, and is located in close proximity to several tech-focused companies, including Philips, ASML and DAF. The university maintains close contacts with many of these companies, and produces almost 3,000 scientific publications, 140 PhD-awards, and 40 patents every year.
Other Dutch universities ranked among the world’s top 300 include: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Wageningen University,Maastricht University, VU University Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Twente and Tilburg University.
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