Wageningen once again rated best collaborative university

Published on
December 8, 2017

Wageningen University & Research has once again been rated the best collaborative university in the Netherlands. That is what the Elsevier Weekblad announced today in its Impact rankings. Wageningen University scored nationally as the university with the second highest social impact. Together with rankings for the most enterprising and communicative universities, Wageningen achieved second place overall in the ranking of universities with the most impact.

The ranking was commissioned by Elsevier Weekblad and carried out by the research and consultancy firm ScienceWorks. During a conference on the social impact of the social and life sciences in Amsterdam, Rector Arthur Mol will receive congratulations for this achievement.

In the biennial ranking that was set up for the first time in 2011, Wageningen University & Research bumped the TU Delft from second place. Like last time, the University of Twente took home the highest overall score. Other high scores went to the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University.

The ranking is divided into four categories to indicate the universities’ impact. Stimulating entrepreneurship, such as spin-offs and patents (4th place for WUR), forms of collaboration, such as with companies, government and social organisations (WUR took 1st place). This also includes licenses, and publications together with other knowledge institutes. Communication: the dissemination of knowledge through the media (radio, TV, online outlets, newspapers, and even annual reports) and, for the first time this year, the role of the university as a social institution. This includes entries in government documents, parliamentary papers, documents from the European Parliament and municipalities, as well as the number of researchers who sit on a government advisory board. In this new category, Wageningen scored exceptionally high, achieving second place.