Erasmus University Rotterdam strives to achieve academic excellence. This results in high positions in the international university rankings.

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 and education rankings.

The ranking of Erasmus University Rotterdam:

Research Rankings

  • Center for World Universities Ranking

    The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes a global university ranking that is based on the following indicators: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, number of research papers in high influential journals, citations, position on h-index and patents.

    Position #2 in the Netherlands 
    Position #91 global

    Rankings by Subject (2017):  Business #4, Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems #7, Special education #9, Ethics #8, Hematology #6, Management #10, Planning & Development #5, Applied Psychology #8, Social Issues #9

    Center for World Universities Ranking

  • 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 #4 in the Netherlands 
    Position #122 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 across 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 and the 200 best in Europe.

    Position #6 in the Netherlands
    Position #22 in Europe
    Position #72 global

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings

    Best universities in Europe 2017: top 200

  • QS Top Universities World 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 1130 top universities in the world for 48 individual subjects.

    Nummer 1 positie in Nederland voor: Business & Management.
    Top 50 positie wereldwijd voor: Business & Management (#30), Medicine (#39), Economics & Econometrics (#50), Development Studies (#48).
    Top 100 positie wereldwijd voor: Accounting & Finance, Communication & Media Studies, History, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Policy & Administration, Statistics & Operational Research.
    Overige onderzoeksgebieden van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam die zijn opgenomen in deze ranking: Sociology.

    QS Top Universities Subject Rankings 2018 https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/erasmus-university-rotterdam#subject


    Number 1 position in the Netherlands for: Accounting & Finance, Business & Management and Social Sciences & Management
    Economics & Econometrics 2, life sciences & medicine (2). Development Studies (2)
    Top 50 position global for: Business & Management (#29), Development Studies (#30), Medicine (#41), Economics & Econometrics (#44), Social Sciences and Management (#42)
    Top 100 position global for: Life Sciences and medicine, History, Anatomy & physiology, Biological sciences, Accounting and Finance, Communication and media studies, Law and legal studies, Social policy and administration, Psychology, Statistics & Operational Research

    Other research subject listed in this ranking: Philosophy, Sociology en Arts & humanities

    QS Top Universities Subject Rankings 2017

  • QS Top Universities World Rankings

    The QS Top Universities World Rankings investigates 4300 universities worldwide and ranks the global top 959. The most important indicators for this ranking are: academic reputation of the university and researchers, the number and quality of the academic output, the university's student numbers and the international orientation of the university. 

    Position #8 in the Netherlands
    Position #147 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 universities are ranked in groups of 50.

    Position #3 in the Netherlands 
    Position #73 global

    Subject ranking
    Economics: Position #32 global, position #2 in the Netherlands
    Business Administration: Position #3 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Management: Position #8 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Finance: Position #24 global, position #2 in the Netherlands
    Public Administration: Position #1 global
    Public Health: Position #20 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Clinical Medicine: Position #44 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Medical technology: Position #28 global, position #4 in the Netherlands

    Economics & Business: position #29 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Social Sciences: position #30 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
    Medicine: position #76-100 global, position #5 in the Netherlands

    ARWU / Shanghai Ranking

  • National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking

    The National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking ranks 500 universities in the world. The quality and impact of academic output is the most important indicator for this ranking.

    Position #4 in the Netherlands
    Position #75 global

    Best Dutch university in fields of Clinical Medicine (#22) en Social Sciences (#22).

    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.


    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.

    Overall student satisfaction on programs (on a scale from 1 to 5) remains at an average score of 4.08. Students at Erasmus University Rotterdam are positive about group size / class and internship experience. Erasmus University Rotterdam scores above the national average on the newly added topic “Internationalisation”

    Factsheet National Student Survey 2017

    National Student Survey

  • Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs 

    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 for the bachelor programmes in: Medicine, Philosophy.

    Quality seal 'top rated program 2017': Medicine, Philosophy, Philosophy of a specific discipline, Liberal Arts & Sciences.

    Position #1 for the master programmes in: Labor Law, Research Master in Business and Management (research), Human Resource Management, Pedagogy and Education, Media studies (research), History, Philosophy, Philosophy (research).

    Quality seal 'top rated program 2017': Philosophy, Philosophy (research), International management, Mediastudies (research), Molecular medicine (research).

    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.

    Position #1 for master programmes in: Labor law, Criminology, Philosophy, History, Arts & culture studies, Marketing 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, feeling safe and secure, campus environment, multicultural feel and course content.

    Ranking Sheet ISB Autumn 2015

    I-graduate - The International Student Barometer

Subject Rankings

  • Global Employability University Rankings

    Times Higher Education conducts the Global Employability University Rankings. This ranking measures how universities perform on graduate employability. The ranking is created from votes of recruiters and managing directors of international companies or subsidiaries across 20 countries. Only the world’s top 150 universities are listed in this ranking.


    Position #131-140 global
    Position #3 in the Netherlands

    Global Employability University Rankings

  • Reuters - Europe's most innovative universities

    Reuters' Europe's most innovative universities ranks a Europe top-100 based on the number of academic papers, citations and patent applications.

    Position #32 in Europe

    Reuters - Europe's most innovative universities

  • 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 U Multirank also comprises universities of applied sciences.

    Scores above average on (selection): citation score, top publications, international education programmes.

    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), Wagner (#3), Van Ours (#7), Verwijmeren (#10), Wakker (#11), Van Dijke (#27), Van Doorslaer (#30), Bleichrodt (#37)

    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

  • National Alumni Survey

    Erasmus University Rotterdam surveys alumni to better understand employment outcomes and evaluation of Master graduates about their education at EUR. This survey is commissioned by the VSNU - Association of universities in the Netherlands. VSNU reports every two year.

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

    VSNU Nationale Alumni Enquete

  • 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