The QS published its 2013 rankings last week. Dutch PhD granting universities as a system are stable, with now 6 universities in the top 100, 11 out of 13 universities in the top 200 and only Tilburg considerably below the others. Looking at top 200 universities in other EU countries: UK has 29 (out of 50), Germany has 13 (out of 42), Switzerland 7 (out of 8), France has 5, Sweden 4 (out of 8). At system level, only Swiss research universities rank better in QS than the Dutch.
UvA, Utrecht, EUR, Delft, Groningen, Wageningen, and Tilburg all move up a few place; Maastricht, Radboud, VU and Twente each move down a few places and may want to find out why.
In Arts & Humanities, VU ranks 133rd behind Leiden, UvA, Utrecht, and Groningen.
In Life sciences & medicine, VU ranks 108th behind Utrecht, Erasmus, Leiden, UvA, Maastricht, and Groningen.
In Social Science & Management, VU ranks 3rd behind Erasmus and UvA.
In Natural Sciences, VU ranks 192nd behind Utrecht, Wageningen, Eindhoven, UvA, Leiden, and Groningen.
In Engineering & technology, VU ranks 267th behind Delft, Eindhoven, Twente, UvA, Utrecht, and Leiden.
Whatever flaws such rankings have in methods, they do significantly influence university’s reputation, which impacts student attractiveness and probably also the esteem for its researchers.