With the exception of Wageningen University & Research, Dutch technical universities all drop significantly in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Wageningen moves down just one spot to 59, retaining its status as the highest-ranked Dutch university overall. Delft University of Technology slides from 58 to 67, Eindhoven from 167 to 186 and Twente no longer makes the top 200. The World University Rankings are based on the quality of teaching and research, cooperation with industry and international outlook.
The KU Leuven managed to gain a few places, moving from 48 to 45, and as such is the highest-ranked university in the Low Countries. The best European university, according to THE, is the University of Oxford, which is also the best university in the world. The highest-ranked continental European university is ETH Zurich, landing on 13 this year.