Shanghai ranking 2019: VU Amsterdam position 103

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam continues a strong position in ARWU – Shanghai ranking in the top 150 of world universities related to research excellence: this ranking places VU Amsterdam 103 compared to the university’s previous position of 104.

08/19/2019 | 9:50 AM

Shanghai ranking 
In the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU, Shanghai ranking) more than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published. The ARWU-ranking website reports on ranges such 101-150 for universities who are not yet in the top 100. A detailed analysis of the indicator scores shows that the specific position of the university is 103 in the current year. 

The ranking uses four categories to rank universities: quality of education, quality of faculty, research output and per capita performance. Furthermore, these four category consists of two indicators. Therefore, the ranking applies six objective indicators to rank universities, including the 1) number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (e.g. quality of education, 10%), 2) staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals and 3) number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics (e.g. quality of faculty, 20% and 20%), 4) number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science and 5) number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index (e.g. research output, both indicators 20% weight), and 6) per capita performance of a university (20%).   

Instellingsplan VU
The vision of VU Amsterdam encloses the consideration that the university’s score in rankings in which universities are predominantly assessed according to their research excellence, is a reliable indicator of our international position. The recent rank in ARWU covers a positive continuation of strong research excellence.

Quality of Education Alumni of an institution winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals Alumni 10%
Quality of Faculty Staff of an institution winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals Award 20%
Highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories HiCi 20%
Research Output Papers published in Nature and Science* N&S 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index PUB 20%
Per Capita Performance Per capita academic performance of an institution PCP 10%
Total 100%
* For institutions specialized in humanities and social sciences such as London School of Economics, N&S is not considered, and the weight of N&S is relocated to other indicators.