The latest edition of QS World University Subject Rankings named TU Delft one of the world’s top 10 universities in engineering and technology degrees. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has also performed well, ranking 25th in the top 25 in the social sciences and management, as well as in the arts and humanities.
QS World Rankings of Universities by 2022
Each year QS compiles various rankings of higher education institutions around the world. Although their annual World University Rankings are one of the most respected and widely read comparative indexes of universities in the world, this week the London-based company released its 2022 subject ranking, revealing leading institutions for each subject group.
The ranking covers 51 different disciplines, divided into five subject areas:
- Arts and humanities (eg history, linguistics, performing arts)
- Engineering and technology (eg computer science, chemical engineering)
- Life sciences and medicine (eg nursing, psychology, veterinary medicine)
- Natural sciences (eg chemistry, geography, mathematics)
- Social sciences and management (eg politics, sociology, economics)
To compile the ranking, QS evaluates five components, ranging from academic reputation and employer reputation to the university’s impact on each area of study.
This year’s subject rating shows that the usual suspects – Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and MIT – rank first in a variety of subject areas, and ETH Zurich has been named the best university in continental Europe.
The best Dutch universities for the study of the humanities, arts, engineering and technology
While Dutch universities have not performed as well as Swiss universities, several higher education institutions in the Netherlands should definitely be proud of their success. TU Delft ranked 10th in the engineering and technology rankings, surpassing world-renowned institutions such as Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).
The university received an overall score of 91 out of 100 and was rated for its performance in a number of STEM subjects, including architecture, environmental studies and mechanical engineering. Meanwhile, UvA showed respectable results in both the social sciences and management rankings, and the arts and humanities, ranking 23rd and 21st, respectively.
Other Dutch universities in the top 50 included Erasmus University of Rotterdam, which ranked 36th overall in the social sciences and management rankings, and Leiden University, which ranked 31st overall in the arts and humanities rankings. UvA, Utrecht University and the University and Research of Wageningen are also in the top 50 rankings of life sciences and medicine.