Half of the Belgian establishments are gaining places compared to the previous version of the ranking.
Neuf Belgian universities appear in the “QS world univerity ranking”, an annual ranking of the 1,300 best universities in the world unveiled on Tuesday by an English higher education analysis office, QS Quacqaurelli Symonds. Half of the Belgian establishments are gaining places compared to the previous version of the ranking.
Among the universities in our country, KULeuven is the best ranked in 70th position, a gain of 14 places compared to last year. UGent and UCLouvain close the Belgian top 3 at 141st and 188th position respectively. ULB (207), VUB (221) and UAntwerpen (233) also rank among the top 250. The last three Belgian universities in the ranking are UHasselt (471), ULiège (480) and UMons (between places 651 and 700).
Globally, it is unsurprisingly the English and US universities that monopolize the top of the list with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first for ten years, the University of Oxford in second and those of Standford. and Cambridge, tied for third place.
To achieve this ranking, QS based itself on six criteria: the institution’s reputation with academics, its reputation with the people who employ the graduates, the number of citations received by research articles published by the different faculties, the number of students per faculty, the number of faculties abroad and the number of foreign students in each university.
This kind of classification must however be put into perspective, because there are several, carried out by different organizations, and all use different criteria for results which are equally so.