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For the 4th time: Tilburg University best communicating university

7 December 2017 - For the fourth time in a row, Tilburg University has been voted the best communicating university in the biannual Impact Ranking by the Hague Bureau ScienceWorks and Elsevier. This ranking, that consists of various components, indicates which university has had most social impact. The award was presented at a conference on social impact in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences in Amsterdam on December 7.

ScienceWorks/Elsevier’s biannual Impact Ranking

The title of ‘best communicating university’ is based on the number of publications in Dutch newspapers, appearances on national radio and in TV programs, and – for the first time this year – (English-language) references [IS1] in international newspapers and on the internet. ‘The Tilburg University researchers are most successful in generating publicity with their research,’[IS2]  ScienceWorks states.

Rector Emile Aarts: 'We are very pleased to have been awarded this title for the fourth time. Our researchers want to share the results of their research and contribute to enhancing society. That has attracted attention and their work is appreciated.’

With the Social Impact Ranking, ScienceWorks demonstrates the enterprising nature of the Dutch universities, the extent to which they collaborate with practicing professionals, their skills in communicating via the public media, and their commitment in the social debate. The input for the ranking, that is based on twenty variables, was sourced from public data and from information provided by the universities.

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