Rankings & recognition
Rise in (THE) World University Ranking LAW for third consecutive year
The faculty consolidates its already strong position in the 2021 ranking by moving up from the 40th to the 34th position. Looking at other Dutch law faculties, we are very proud to see that we are in good company with only the law faculties of Leiden, Tilburg and Amsterdam also reaching the top 34 of this prestigious ranking. Of all the European law faculties in this ranking our faculty now takes up a very strong position in 12th place.
Covering 11 subject areas, Times Higher Education’s (THE) annual World Subject Rankings provides an overview of the best places in the world to study a chosen discipline. The rankings table for LAW uses the same range of 13 performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings combined with scores provided under the following five categories: Teaching, Research, Citations, International outlook, and Industry income.
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Appreciation for professional orientation, quality of the teaching staff and the international study climate
The assessment panel is pleased with the academic as well as professional orientation of the programme. It shows a well-balanced combination of academic knowledge of and insights into the content of the law on the one hand and academic and professional skills on the other. The panel appreciates the strong connection to the professional field through guest lecturers, real-life cases and assignments, allowing students to get acquainted with the professional field and prepare for their future careers.
The panel appreciates the problem-based learning approach in the programme. It identified some very positive elements of this approach, such as the close involvement of students and staff and the stimulation of active and collaborative learning. It considers the involvement of all members of the teaching staff, including professors, a national best practice.
The panel is impressed with the quality of the teaching staff involved in the master’s programme European Law School. The lecturers are highly trained and internationally renowned for their experience in teaching and researching comparative, European and international law.
The highly supportive and collaborative international study climate clearly works as a motivator.
The NVAO accreditation (valid from 2019 to 2025) concludes that the master European Law School obtained a successful accreditation advice and was awarded a ‘good’ assessment, meaning that this programme scored above average. Read the full report by QANU.
UM is the sixth best Young University in the world
Maastricht University ranked sixth place in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) 'Young Universities' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM is proud that its efforts, including in the fields of education and research, have been rewarded in this ranking.
In the 2021 QS 'Top 50 Under 50' (best universities in the world under 50 years old), UM rose from 23rd to 19th place.
These special rankings for young universities are published to give an indication as to which universities are expected in the future to become the top universities worldwide.