By the editor
Lhe KU Leuven, UGent and UCLouvain are among the 200 best universities in the world, according to the QS world university ranking, an annual ranking of the 1,300 best universities in the world unveiled on Wednesday by the English analysis office of the higher education, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Among the nine Belgian establishments present in the ranking, only one is progressing compared to the previous version.
Ranked 76th, the KULeuven fell six places compared to the previous year but remained the best Belgian university. UGent and UCLouvain close the Belgian top 3 in 143rd (-2) and 195th (-7) position respectively. ULB (210), VUB (251), UAntwerpen (280) and UHasselt (449) also rank among the top 500, while ULiège leaves this category to settle between places 521 and 530 thus joining UMons (between 701 and 750).
UHasselt is the only Belgian university to have gained places compared to the previous ranking, moving from position 471 to 449.
English and American universities at the top of the list
At the global level, it is the English and American universities that monopolize the top of the list with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first for eleven years, the University of Cambridge in second position and those of Stanford in third place. square.
To achieve this ranking, QS was based on six criteria: the reputation of the establishment with academics, its reputation with people who employ graduates, the number of citations received by research articles published by the various faculties, the number of students per faculty, the number of faculties abroad and the number of foreign students in each university.
However, this kind of ranking must be put into perspective, because there are several, made by different organizations that all use different criteria for results that are just as different.