TU Delft again improves its position in QS Rankings

News - 16 September 2014 - Webredactie Communication

For the fourth consecutive year, TU Delft has risen in the QS World University Rankings. TU Delft is now ranked 86th (95th in 2013) in the worldwide university rankings. In the subcategory of 'Engineering & Technology' TU Delft ranks 16th (15th in 2013) and takes the 79th position in 'Natural Sciences' (not included in 2013). Compared to the other Dutch universities, TU Delft ranks 4th overall (5th in 2013) and achieves prime position in the subcategories 'Engineering & Technology' and 'Natural Science'.

Six indicators

The QS World University Rankings cover 850 universities all over the world. The universities are ranked using six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per academic staff member, international students and international staff.

Reputation and citations

TU Delft always performs well in terms of its academic reputation, the University's reputation among employees of alumni, and the number of international staff. The increase this year is the result of an improved score for academic citations, the international origin of staff and the University's reputation among employees of alumni. Its reputation among academics has also shown a slight increase.


President of the Executive Board Dirk Jan van den Berg is delighted with the result: “The rankings demonstrate that academics across the world have a positive view about our academics. Our alumni are also highly appreciated in the labour market, as the employer reputation shows. This is a great compliment to our academics and students, who are the source of these publications and this reputation.” Van den Berg also made the following comment: “Every year there are various rankings that analyse universities in a number of different ways. This means that the result of different rankings can vary and changes in their working methods can cause movements.”

Dutch universities

Six of the thirteen Dutch universities are included in the world's top 100. Dirk Jan van den Berg: “It is good to see Dutch universities perform well. These rankings inspire us to continue to improve on our performance. There is every reason for the Netherlands to continue to invest in universities, to be able to maintain our strong position in the future."

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