Rankings Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam strives to achieve academic excellence. Rankings indicate how a university performs in comparison to other universities and are therefore very important. Each ranking uses its own methods and weighting factors.

Roughly speaking rankings can be subdivided into research rankings, which primarily look at academic output in terms of numbers of publications and citations, and educational rankings. The latter ranks individual programmes with each ranking adopting its own methods. As a result Erasmus University’s score is not always the same.

Research Rankings

CWTS / Leiden Ranking



The CWTS Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance and scientific collaboration of 500 major universities worldwide, using a set of bibliometric indicators. Only universities with more than 500 international publications per year are ranked.

Position #5 in the Netherlands
Position #85 global

CWTS / Leiden Ranking

Times Higher Education World University Rankings



The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (powered by Thomson Reuters) judges world-class universities accross all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The reputation of the university is an important factor as well. The ranking consists of the top 500 universities of the world.

Position #3 in the Netherlands
Position #72 global

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

QS Top Universities Subject Rankings



The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a ranking of the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas. Using data on reputation and research citations, the rankings highlight the 200 top universities in the world for 30 individual subjects.

Medicine: position #1 in the Netherlands, position #27 global
Accounting & Finance: position #1 in the Netherlands, position #37 global
Economics & Econometrics: position #1 in the Netherlands, position #38 global
Top-100 position for: Law, Sociology, Psychology, Statistics & Operational Research
Top-200 position for: History, Philosophy, Biological Sciences, Communication & Media Studies

QS Top Universities Subject Rankings

QS Top Universities World Rankings


The QS Top Universities World Rankings investigates 2000 universities worldwide and ranks the global top 800. The most important indicators for this ranking are: academic reputation of the university and researchers, the number and quality of the academic outpout, the university's student numbers and the international orientation of the university. 

Position #5 in the Netherlands
Position #90 global

QS Top Universities Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities / Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings

For the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as Shanghai Rankings, universities are judged on the number and quality of academic output and citations and the number of Nobel Prize laureates. The ranking consists of a top-500, in which universites are ranked in groups of 50.

Positie #8 in the Netherlands
Positie #151-200 global
Economics & Business: position #28 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
Social Sciences: position #44 global, position #2 in the Netherlands
Medicine: position #51-75 global, position #1 in the Netherlands

ARWU / Shanghai Ranking

National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking


The National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking investigates 4000 universities in order to establish a ranking list of the 500 best universities in the world. The quality of academic output is the most important indicator for this ranking.

Position #3 in the Netherlands
Position #65 global

National Taiwan University Ranking

Highly Cited Researchers Ranking

  Highly Cited Researchers 2014 by Thomson Reuters represents some of world’s leading scientific minds. Researchers earn the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.

Position #1 in the Netherlands (15 researchers)

Highly Cited

Education Rankings

National Student Survey

Erasmus University participates in the National Student Survey, performed by Stichting Studiekeuze123. This is a national survey which measures student satisfaction from all students in Dutch higher education. Indicators are satisfaction about the education programme, the university, study facilities and the city.

Erasmus University scores above average on: quality of the study program, quality of the lecturers, size of classes, and scientific skills.

Factsheet National Student Survey 2014 (in Dutch)

National Student Survey

Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs – Universiteiten



The Centre for Information in Higher Education (Centrum voor Hoger Onderwijs Informatie CHOI) yearly publishes a guide for prospective students; the Keuzegids. It contains both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the bachelor and master programmes offered by Dutch higher education institutes. Scores are based on the National Student Survey and accreditation reports from the Netherlands Flanders Accreditation Organisation (Nederlandse Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie NVAO).

Position #1 voor Medicine, Pedagogical Sciences, Philosophy, Criminology and Public Administration.

Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs (in Dutch)

Elsevier Beste Studies 


The weekly magazine Elsevier yearly publishes the guide 'Best Studies' for prospective students, in which all bachelor programmes and master programmes in the Netherlands are being compared. Quality of both staff and the education programme and the study facilities are important. Scores are based on the National Student Survey and surveys for teaching staff.

Position #1 for bachelor programmes Criminology, Econometrics & Operations Research, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology, Philosophy
Position #1 for master programmes in Labor law, Tax economics, History, International Management, Arts & Culture Studies, Mediastudies, Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management.

 Elsevier Beste Studies (in Dutch)

International Student Barometer (ISB)



The International Student Barometer, performed by I-graduate in different countries over the world, measures the satisfaction of international students. This barometer is important, because of the many international students at Erasmus University.

Erasmus University scores above average on: Expertise of scientific staff, quality of education programme, international environment and the reputation of the university.

Ranking Sheet ISB 2014

 I-graduate - The International Student Barometer

Subject Rankings

U Multirank

U Multirank enables you to compare universities with each other, using the indicators teaching & learning, regional engagement, knowledge transfer, international orientation and research
The comparison can be made for universities as a whole as well as for research areas. The categorization of the scores is A (very good) to E (weak). The U Multirank also comprises universities of applied sciences.

Scores above average on (selection): citation score, top publications, international outlook and student mobility.

U Multirank

Economen Top 40

Specialist Journal Economisch Statistische Berichten yearly compiles The Top 40 Economistst (De Economen Top 40) of the most influential economists of the Netherlands. Important variables are the number of articles, comments, open letters and conference attributions.

Position #2 in the Netherlands.
EUR economic researchers in this ranking: Van Knippenberg (#1), Wakker (#13), Bleichrodt (#16), Dur (#17), P.H. Franses (#22), Verwijmeren (#24), Bakker (#28), Van Doorslaer (#29), Van Dijk (#35)

Economen Top 40 (in Dutch)

Rankings Business Schools


For the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, international rankings for business school are of importance. One example is the Financial Times Business School Rankings. RSM provides an overview of the rankings on their website.

Rotterdam School of Management Rankings


On behalf of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), 'IVA Onderwijs' conducts biannual research to income and employment of more than 6000 alumni. The results are presented in the WO Monitor.

In comparison to other Dutch graduates, alumni of Erasmus University find employment quickly and their income is high above average (+ €500,- monthly).

Presentation WO Monitor

VSNU WO Monitor

MT 500 Best Dutch Companies

Management Team Magazine yearly publishes a list of the 500 most appreciated Dutch companies. For this ranking, research to the reputation of the companies is conducted.

Position #41 in the Netherlands.
Erasmus University is the only Dutch university in this ranking.

Management Team 500 Best Companies