Rankings and accreditations
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings, Maastricht University is one of the top 100 universities worldwide. In the 2013/2014 edition of the THE rankings, UM has broken into the top 100, rising from 115th to 98th place. UM’s rise in the world rankings is mainly due to its improved scores for research quality (citations) and international outlook (e.g. percentage of international staff and students). The THE World University Rankings revolve around 13 strict and comprehensive performance indicators for education, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Universities
UM has made a new entry into the Top 50 Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Universities 2012-2013, ranked 49th. This THE table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
High scores in ‘under 50’ rankings
In two prestigious rankings that list the best universities worldwide under the age of 50, UM scores very high grades. In the Times Higher Education 100 under 50, UM ranks 6th, making a sharp rise from 19th in 2012 (read the news report); in the QS ‘top 50 under 50’, UM also ranks 6th (read the press release).
QS World University Rankings
In the World University Rankings 2013, Maastricht University is ranked 121th. The Medicine programme is in the top 20 in the European clinical medicine ranking.
Marking a slight rise, Maastricht University has maintained its place in the top 300 in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The ARWU, better known as the Shanghai Ranking, assesses universities on the quality of education quality of academic staff, research output and academic staff performance.
The Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) Excellence ranking compares European research centres for prospective master's and PhD students. Every year the CHE University Ranking reviews a number of university programmes. The scores do not result in an actual ranking list, but are rather used to place several aspects of the study programmes, such as ’international orientation’ and ’overall study situation’, into three groups: top, middle or bottom group.
In 2013 UM’s Psychology master's were reviewed. Maastricht was distinguished by its internationally oriented master’s programmes, overall study and e-learning facilities, research orientation, support in studying abroad and the quality and breadth of the courses offered. Furthermore, with a score of 4.9 Maastricht was placed in the top group for citations in international journals.
Between 2009 and 2013, several UM programmes in the field of business and economics, health care, political science and psychology were reviewed. For almost all of the reviewed aspects, the programmes were placed in the top group.
CWTS Leiden Ranking
According to the ‘Crown-indicator’: MNCS (Mean normalised citation score) used by the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013, UM ranks 120th, rising from the 198th position in 2012. This ranking measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide based on Web of Science indexed publications from 2008-2011 of Thomson Reuters. When compared to the other 239 European universities assessed UM, ranks 43th.
In 2013, Maastricht University's master's programme in International Business is ranked 41, being in the top 50 of the best business programmes in the world according to the Master in Management Programmes published by the Financial Times. In terms of value for money Maastricht ranked 4th.
In the Financial Times European Business Schools ranking of 2012 the School of Business and Economics is ranked 67.
Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs
As in previous years, Maastricht University (UM) ranked high in the Dutch University Guide (Keuzegids) 2013. Of the 16 assessed bachelor's programmes, 11 ranked in the top 3, 6 of which took first place. Economics and University College Maastricht (UCM) were also awarded the ‘quality seal’, a new quality indicator granted to institutions and programmes that according to University Guide’s standards belong to the top of the Dutch university education.
The programmes that take number one position are Economics (scores 8,0), Arts & Culture (7,2), International Business (6,8), Fiscal Economics (6,6), Fiscal Law (6,2) and European Studies (5,6). Although UCM scores remarkably high with 9,6 (8,6 last year), the programme ranks second place. University College Utrecht took first place, scoring a 10. High scores were also awarded to Econometrics (2nd with 7,2), Medicine (3rd with 7,2) and Artificial Intelligence (2nd with 6,8).
For more information, see the overview of all UM bachelor’s programmes scores.
'Keuzegids' master's edition
In the 'Keuzegids' master's edition of 2014, 14 of the 41 assessed UM master's programmes were ranked first, namely: Management of Learning; European Public Affairs; Public Policy and Human Development; Forensic Psychology; Economic Studies; Information and Network Economics; Financial Economics; Econometrics and Operations Research; Mental Health; Arts-Klinisch Onderzoeker (Physician-Clinical Investigator); European Public Health, Artificial Intelligence and the Research Masters Health Sciences and European Studies.
For more information, read the press release.
In the 2013 edition of the Dutch magazine Elsevier, students and professors rank universities based on their range of programmes, facilities, curriculum, quality of teaching, testing standards and overall organisation and communication:
- Nine bachelor’s programmes were ranked first: University College Maastricht, Econometrics and Operations Research, Fiscal Economics, International Business, Dutch Law, Tax Law, European Law School, European Studies and Knowledge Engineering.
- Maastricht University ranks second in the category ‘specialised universities’. The Elsevier editing team makes a distinction between 'broad' , 'specialised' and 'technical' universities depending on the range of disciplines and the number of programmes each university offers.
For the second year in a row, Elsevier has also published results for the master’s programmes. As it is not always possible to compare master’s programmes, national comparisons were only made for nine programmes. Of those nine, three UM master's were ranked first: Arts and Culture research programme, Arts and Culture and Physician-Clinical Investigator. European Studies and Medicine also achieved the top 3 ranking second and third, respectively.
UM has been granted both the institutional accreditation and the ‘Distinctive Quality Feature for Internationalisation’ by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). These two quality marks are important in terms of UM’s future plans.
The ‘Institutional Quality Assurance Assessment’ focuses on university-wide internal quality assurance for study programmes. In 2011 the law allowed universities to apply for a special feature for the quality of the institution in its full width. The six-year university-wide accreditation means not only that UM has first-rate education, but also that it is supported by an overarching system that ensures the continuous high quality of the curricula.
You can read the full NVAO report here.
'Triple crown' accreditation
The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) is internationally accredited by the renowned AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, making it one of a few international schools with all three accreditations. The bachelor's and master's programmes in International Business offered at SBE also received in 2010 the NVAO "certification of internationalisation".
NVAO excellence label
NVAO regularly audits the institutions that it gives accreditations to. In 2008 the University College Maastricht was the first to receive a quality label from the NVAO for the achievement level of its graduate students. Only two higher education programmes have been awarded this label.