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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 2013 measures the scientific performance and scientific collaboration of 500 major universities worldwide, using a set of bibliometric indicators.

Position #6 in the Netherlands
Position #96 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 ranking consists of the top 500 universities of the world.

Position #3 in the Netherlands
Position #73 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 #26 global
Accounting & Finance: position #1 in the Netherlands, position #33 global
Economics & Econometrics: position #1 in the Netherlands, position #40 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, the number and quality of the academic outpout, the university's student numbers and the international orientation of the university. 

Position #4 in the Netherlands
Position #92 global

QS Top Universities Ranking

QS Top Universities Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities / Shanghai Jiao Tong Rankings

For the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 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.

Position #8 in the Netherlands
Positie #151-200 global

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 #4 in the Netherlands
Position #70 global

National Taiwan University Ranking

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: career preparations and perspectives, the quality of staff and  the level of education.

Nationale 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 and International Business 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 #2 for Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position #1 for bachelor programmes Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences
Position #1 for master programmes Business Administration, History and Psychology

 Elsevier Beste Studies (in Dutch)

International Student Barometer (ISB)



The International Student Barometer, performed by I-graduate in different coutries 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 2012

 I-graduate - The International Student Barometer

Subject Rankings

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.
Economists in this ranking: Mc Aleer (#2), P.H. Franses (#3), Van Knippenberg (#4), Brouwer (#5) Goos (#7), van Exel (#15), Wakker (#23), Van Doorslaer (#26), Van Baal (#27), Bleichrodt (#30), Van Dijke (#36), Dellaert (#40).

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