U.S. dominates research ranking

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7 december 2011 | The Dutch Leiden University ranked universities worldwide according to their research output and impact. The U.S., U.K. and the Netherlands place most universities in the top 100.

World rankings for universities are often criticized forfocusing too much on research and too little on teaching quality.Despite these shortcomings, they remain popular as they offer a compass to students, businesses and researchersin the higher education and research sector. The Centre for Scienceand Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University has now published aranking that focuses solely on research at universities measuringits impact worldwide.

The Leiden Ranking 2011/2012 shows that Americanuniversities continue to dominate research at higher educationinstitutes. 18 of the first 20 places go to U.S. institutes withthe MIT, Princeton and Harvard University at the top. With ÉcolePolytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (12) and ETH Zurich (18),Switzerland places two universities in the research ranking.

The Netherlands scores quite well overall  with 7universities in top 100. Only the U.S. (64) and the United Kingdom(12) have more universities represented over this range. UniversityTwente (64), Erasmus University Rotterdam (74) and VU UniversityAmsterdam (75) fare particularly well here.

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