In the latest global QS World University Rankings 2022, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) retains its position among the top ten per cent of the world’s universities, despite dropping from place 115 to 123 in the annual ranking. The QS World University Rankings is considered one of the most influential rankings in the world.
The cause of the dip is unclear. Within the ranking, only the number of citations per staff member and the number of international staff members declined, despite the absolute numbers increasing. Because WUR’s scores for all other aspects increased from last year, the dip seems to be mainly the result of a stronger increase among the other universities.
As it did last year, WUR scores very high on the staff to student ratio. Among the Dutch universities, WUR also shows a slight drop, from 3rd place last year to 5th this year.
How the ranking is determined
The QS World University Rankings 2022 features 1300 universities. This number increases every year. Half of the ranking is based on reputation: 40% academic reputation and 10% employer reputation.
The other half is made up of the staff/student ratio (20%), the number of citations per researcher (20%), and the number of international employees (5%) and students (5%).
The full ranking and more information on how it is determined can be found on the TopUniversities website.