Like every year, QS Quacquarelli Symonds has established its ranking of the best universities in the world. It appears that three Belgian universities rank in the top 200. The KU Leuven remains the best university in Belgium and ranks 76th. We then find Ghent University in 143rd position, followed by UCLouvain, best French-speaking university, at the 195th.
In the top 500, there are four Belgian universities: ULB (210th), the VUB (251st), the University of Antwerp (280th) and the University of Hasselt (449th place).
At the end of the ranking, we find the University of Mons (521-530th) and the University of Liège (701-750th).
While Belgian higher education establishments therefore enjoy an excellent reputation, it should be noted that they have all lost places in the ranking, with the exception of the University of Hasselt, which has gained a few.
“Institutions that train talents from all over the world”
“Despite the significant, even spectacular, regressions, the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings highlights the enduring strength of the Belgian higher education sector. Most of its ranked institutions remain unequivocally among the top 300 in the world,” notes Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President of QS. high regard among employers ; they continue to attract and train talents from all over the world. However, a strong decline in research impact could have damaged his reputation with academics. A recalibration of the way the sector allocates resources and sets its research priorities could be considered to address these minor shortcomings.”
To establish its ranking of the best universities in the world, QS traditionally bases itself on 6 criteria: academic reputation, reputation with employers, research impact, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and foreign students. This year, the ranking took into account two additional elements: student employability and international research collaboration.
The KU Leuven obtained its first national place thanks to its excellent reputation internationally and with employers. It has also distinguished itself in terms of research impact. Note that his main area of research is medicine, but Belgium as a whole has declined in this area.