Scientific prominence and rankings

The scientific quality of Wageningen University & Research is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. This time line gives an overview of news items about grants, awards and rankings.

  • August 16, 2023
    ShanghaiRanking 2023: WUR does not rise or fall
    In the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, better known as the ShanghaiRanking, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) does not change places. This edition, like last year's, WUR finishes in spots 151-200.
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  • October 12, 2022
    WUR remains best Dutch university in international ranking
    According to the Times Higher Eduction (THE) World University Rankings, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is the best Dutch university. WUR is the best Dutch university in the ranking for the fourth year in a row. The prestigious international ranking, lists WUR at place 59.
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  • June 9, 2022
    QS Rankings: WUR remains top university
    Wageningen University & Research is this year in 124th place in the prestigious QS World University Rankings. WUR is down 1 place compared to last year, but has increased 26 places over the past 10 years. With the 124th place, WUR belongs to the top 10 percent of the best universities worldwide.
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  • May 12, 2022
    THE Impact Ranking: WUR rises to 65th place
    Wageningen University & Research (WUR) moved up to the 65th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking. This annual ranking assesses how organisations across the globe score with regard to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were formulated in 2015. This year, the THE ranked over 1400 universities from all over the world according to their contribution to the SDGs.
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  • April 6, 2022
    WUR is best agricultural university in the world for seventh consecutive time
    The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 were released on April 6. The influential ranking shows that Wageningen University & Research is the best agricultural university in the world for the seventh time in a row. Environmental sciences also scores a place in the top 10; WUR ends up in fifth place there.
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  • December 15, 2021
    WUR world’s most sustainable university for fifth consecutive time
    Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is once again ranked the most sustainable university in the world in the 2021 GreenMetric ranking of the Universitas Indonesia (UI). This ranking compares universities’ sustainability in relation to their energy use, climate, waste, transportation, water, biodiversity and infrastructure. Sustainability in education and research is also measured. This year, extra attention was paid to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the universities’ sustainability policies.
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  • April 21, 2021
    THE Impact ranking: WUR scores high on climate and fighting hunger
    Wageningen University & Research (WUR) ranks among the top 300 universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking of 2021. This is the first time WUR participates in the ranking, in which over 1000 universities from across the globe are ranked according to their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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  • March 4, 2021
    QS Ranking: largest increase in environmental sciences and animal sciences
    The environmental sciences and animal sciences programmes of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have risen in the latest edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021. WUR retains its leading position in the category ‘agriculture and forestry’.
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  • November 4, 2020
    Seven Wageningen researches receive Vidi grants for their own research group
    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded seven experienced Wageningen researchers a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros. The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Never before so many Vidi grants have landed in Wageningen.
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  • October 28, 2020
    THE Ranking: WUR Life Sciences on the rise
    Curricula within the category Life Sciences score high on the latest Times Higher Education Ranking. Lesser results are shown in the domains of Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. There are 1512 universities in the influential ranking, 522 more than last year.
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  • March 18, 2020
    Wageningen University & Research again ranked best agricultural university in the world
    Wageningen University & Research has been pronounced the world's best agricultural university for a fourth consecutive year. WUR outranks American university UC Davis and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences on the QS World University Ranking list. In the field of environmental studies (8th) and development studies (14th), WUR is among the best universities as well.
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  • September 28, 2018
    Wageningen rises five steps on world universities ranking
    Wageningen University & Research has risen five steps at the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and holds #59 now. In the national rankings WUR rose from a third place to position 2. More than 1250 knowledge institutions were ranked worldwide.
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  • August 20, 2018
    NTU ranking 2018: WUR best-ranked university in agriculture and environment/ ecology
    Wageningen University & Research is in the top position worldwide regarding the research field of agriculture and the subject of environment/ ecology, According to the annual ranking of the National Taiwan University. In Plant and Animal Sciences, WUR is placed second best.
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  • July 20, 2018
    Shanghai Ranking 2018: WUR ranks #1 in agricultural sciences and in food technology
    According to the 2018 Shanghai subject ranking Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is the best university in the world in the fields of agricultural science and food technology. Wageningen also scores high in the categories ecology (#5) and veterinary sciences(#8).
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  • June 5, 2018
    Wageningen back in Top 100 of THE international reputation ranking list
    Ranked in the category 91-100, Wageningen University & Research has made its way back into the Top 100 of the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2018, an international list that ranks knowledge institutions based on their reputation. The reputation index published today counts towards the THE world ranking list.
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