Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
Maastricht University (UM) climbed to shared 88th place in the latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, up from number 101 last year. UM scored particularly well in terms of international outlook (e.g. percentage of international staff and students), citations and industry income (i.e. commissions from the business sector). Somewhat lower, but still above average, were its scores for research (47.7) and teaching (37.5). UM shares 88th place with Kyoto University in Japan.
The THE World University Rankings are based on 13 strict and comprehensive performance indicators for education, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject
In the THE Subject Rankings 2015, the UM has been ranked 62nd for Social Sciences which shows a significant increase of 12 places compared to last year. Furthermore, the UM has been ranked 45th for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health which shows a decline of 2 places compared to last year.
The Subject Rankings are derived from the THE World University Rankings in which world class universities are assessed by 13 carefully selected indicators covering the areas of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. For a full overview of the results, please click here.
THE Top 100 Most International Universities in the World
UM ranks 14th in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Most International Universities in the World (2016). In this ranking, Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top 100 most international universities using the “international outlook” indicator from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. This indicator examines a university’s international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country. The list is drawn from the world’s top 400 of the World University Rankings 2014-2015. This top 20 position confirms UM's international profile.
High scores in ‘under 50’ rankings
In two prestigious rankings that list the best universities worldwide under the age of 50, UM scores very high grades. In the 2016 edition of Times Higher Education 150 under 50, UM climbed to the fourth place (read the news item) . In the 2015 QS ‘top 50 under 50’, UM ranks 8th, maintaining its position in the top 10.
QS World University Rankings
The QS World University Rankings adjusted its assessment methodology for ranking the scientific output of universities. Partly for this reason, Maastricht University dropped from 118th place to 169th place this year, following a three spot increase the year before. The QS World University Rankings are based on five indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-staff ratio, internationalisation and citations per faculty. The more often a publication is cited by fellow researchers, the more influential the research becomes. As citation rates tend to be much higher in the life sciences compared to the humanities, an advantage was given to universities with particularly strong life science profiles. QS corrected the difference this year, which helps to explain UM’s drop in rankings.
UM has been granted both the institutional accreditation and the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). These two quality marks are important in terms of UM’s future plans.
The ‘Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment’ focuses on university-wide internal quality assurance for study programmes. In 2011 the law allowed universities to apply for a special feature for the quality of the institution in its full width. The six-year university-wide accreditation means not only that UM has first-rate education, but also that it is supported by an overarching system that ensures the continuous high quality of the curricula.
'Triple crown' accreditation
The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) is internationally accredited by the renowned AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, making it one of a few international schools with all three accreditations. The bachelor's and master's programmes in International Business offered at SBE also received in 2010 the NVAO "certification of internationalisation".
NVAO excellence label
NVAO regularly audits the institutions that it gives accreditations to. In 2008 the University College Maastricht was the first to receive a quality label from the NVAO for the achievement level of its graduate students. Only two higher education programmes have been awarded this label.