Rankings and achievements
Tilburg University again scores high in top best universities in the world
Tilburg University is again in the world top 50 for economics & econometrics, the top 100 for law, and among the best 150 for philosophy, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014 that was published today. The QS World University Rankings, based on universities’ reputations among scholars, ranks the 800 best universities in the world.Our Law School is included in this world subject ranking for the first time and went straight into the top 100. Philosophy at Tilburg University rose into the top 150. Economics & econometrics has retained its position in the top 50. The same goes for psychology (top 100), accounting (top 100), sociology (top 200), and statistics (top 200).
In 2013, Tilburg University ranked 373rd in the overall QS ranking and thus belongs to the top 3% of best ranking universities in the world. Tilburg University’s overall score in the QS ranking 2014 will be published later this year.
Other recent scores
|Economics / business||47||7||2|
Ranks subjects like economics and management sciences, behavioral sciences and law
|Economics & Econometrics||42||13||2|
|Accounting & Finance||52||18||3|
|Social sciences & management||108||47||4|
|Statistics & Operational research||167||65||8|
|Arts & Humanities||279||136||10|
|Life Science & Medicine||401||175||11|
Every university that is in the overall top 500 of the three most prestigious university rankings (THE, ARWU and QS) belongs to the best 2% of the 30,000 universities in the world. The position in these rankings depends to a large extent on the university’s characteristics, and those of the ranking, that may have little or nothing to do with quality. The characteristics of Tilburg University include, for example, that we do not have any exact, technical or (bio)medical sciences, that we are relatively small and, for some disciplines (e.g., Dutch Law), we do not publish in English or only to a limited extent. As a result, we do not score many points in many categories for the overall score.
The above rankings are aimed at scientific research and less, or not at all, at academic education. Universities in the Anglo-Saxon countries do better than those in non-English-speaking countries. As a result of these characteristics, Tilburg University cannot achieve an overall top 100 score in these rankings. That says nothing about the quality of our university. However, what is newsworthy is how Tilburg University scores in the subrankings for the disciplines in which we do participate.
A European ranking (Multirank) is being prepared, that will provide a more balanced picture because the American Ivy League is not included and teaching as well as social impact are also weighed.