Rankings Erasmus University Rotterdam

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 #5 in the Netherlands
Position #88 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 #4 in the Netherlands
Position #21 in Europe
Position #69 global

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Best universities in Europe 2017: top 200

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.

Number 1 position in the Netherlands for: Economics & Econometrics, Business & Management, Medicine, Accounting & Finance, 
Top 50 position global for: Business & Management (#17), Medicine (#34), Economics & Econometrics (#40), Accounting & Finance (#43) en Psychology (#46)
Top 100 position global for: History, Biological Sciences, Communication & Media Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Development Studies, Statistics & Operational Research
Other research subject listed in this ranking: Philosophy, Law en Sociology 

QS Top Universities Subject Rankings 2016

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 output, the university's student numbers and the international orientation of the university. 

Position #8 in the Netherlands
Position #144 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 #4 in the Netherlands
Position #101-150 global
Economics & Business: position #29 global, position #1 in the Netherlands
Social Sciences: position #44 global, position #2 in the Netherlands
Medicine: position #51-75 global, position #3 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 #3 in the Netherlands
Position #71 global

Best Dutch university in fields of Clinical Medicine (20) 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.

Erasmus University scores above average on: quality of the study program, study load, teaching quality of the lecturers, study environment and housing facilities.

Factsheet National Student Survey 2016 

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, Pedagogical Sciences, Philosophy, Criminology and Public Administration.

Positie #1 for the master programmes in: History, Labor Law, Tax Economics, International Management, Marketing Management, Management of Innovation, Human Resource Management, Medicine.  

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 in: Pedagogical Sciences, History (in Dutch) 
Position #1 for master programmes in: Labor law, History, International management, Arts & culture studies, Marketing management, Psychology, Public administration, Law, 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, feeling safe and secure, campus environment, multicultural feel and course content.

Ranking Sheet ISB 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 #85 global
Position #2 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 #26 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, co-publications with industrial partners.

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

National Alumni Survey

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).

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