It’s official: these three Dutch universities are among the top 100 in the world!

The ballots are in! Shanghai Ranking has published their 2022 list of the best universities in the world — and three Dutch toppers claimed a spot in the top 100! 🤩

The universities are ranked based on the number of articles researchers publish in scientific journals and the number of researchers who are often cited by other scientists.

So, which are the best universities in the Netherlands? Let’s hop right in.

Utrecht University stands at the top

Starting off with the reigning champ, Utrecht University is considered the best Dutch university, ranking 54th worldwide! Though, it did drop four places compared to last year. 

Next up, the University of Groningen also scored high on the list this year, ranking in 66th place — which is not at all surprising. The institution is known for being a big shot when it comes to student life! 🤓

Following the top two contenders, Erasmus University in Rotterdam has officially made the top 100 as their ranking jumped by leaps and bounds! They now sit at number 87 on the list. Super impressive! 😮

Unfortunately, Leiden University’s bustling student culture was not enough to bring them into the top 100 this year. 

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In 2021, the beloved Dutch university placed 83rd on the list but is now considered one of the best 150 universities worldwide.

The list of Dutch universities ranking for 2022

The Netherlands has long provided a tolerant home for folks to obtain a great education — hence why so many internationals are looking to study here.

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Curious to know how other Dutch universities ranked on the list? RTL Nieuws has summarised it nicely for us. Take a look! 👇

Utrecht University      54
University of Groningen  66
Erasmus University Rotterdam87
Leiden University101-150
Radboud University Nijmegen101-150
University of Amsterdam101-150
Delft University of Technology151-200
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam151-200
Wageningen University & Research151-200
Maastricht University201-300
Eindhoven University of Technology 301-400
University of Twente 401-500
Tilburg University 601-700

What do you think about these rankings? Tell us in the comments below! 👇

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Gaelle Salem
Gaelle Salem
Born and raised on the island of Sint Maarten, Gaelle moved to the Netherlands in 2018 to attend university. Still trying to survive the erratic Dutch wind and rain, she has taken up the hobby of buying a new umbrella every month. You can probably find her in the centre of The Hague appreciating the Dutch architecture with a coffee in one hand and a slice of appeltaart in the other.


  1. Surprised that this article seems to praise the fact that these universities are in the top 100 when in fact it is a source of shame that Dutch universities have such low rankings.
    I myself when the Amsterdam university in the 1990s after a British secondary education. I was very surprised how low the standards were and how poor both the organization and teaching ability of the institutions were. I felt that the level of Dutch university education I received was on a par with a third year of a British secondary school. The Amsterdam lecturers were petty and childish. Little wonder that Dutch institutions rank so low in terms of world rankings.

  2. In the 90’s? We’re 30 years further on! On par with 3rd year secondary school in the U.K.? What complete twaddle. Don’t know which course you attended, but I attended a ‘doctoraal’ in the 80’s. This was the norm in the Netherlands. Equivalent to a master nowadays, and then too. Whereas the norm in the U.K. was/is to stop at bachelor level. So please base your views on fact. I also attended secondary school in Britain, so also have a good comparison. Schools in England and the Netherlands use different systems. Both with pro’s and con’s. But both very good. No idea why you feel the need to slag these results off. Pretty well done. Can of course be better. But so can you’re baseless comments.


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