Four Flemish universities in world’s top 250


Leuven is again the region’s best according to the annual QS World University Rankings, followed by Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp

US leads way

Four Flemish universities have made the top 250 of the QS World University Rankings. A total of 4,000 universities were evaluated to find the 965 best universities in the world.

The University of Leuven remains the frontrunner in Flanders, in 71st place, eight places higher than last year. “Since 2011, we have scored higher every year,” rector Rik Torfs said. The institution scored particularly highly for academic reputation and citations.

Ghent University was in 125th spot, one place lower than last year. Rector Anne De Paepe praised the efforts of all the researchers and the supporting central administration services.

The Free University of Brussels (VUB) made it to 182nd place, the same as last year.  “We are doing well, both educationally and scientifically,” said rector  Caroline Pauwels. “The importance of our relation with international Brussels is again emphasised.”

Antwerp University is ranked 210th, one place below last year. “For a young university like ours, that is really something to be proud of,” rector Herman Van Goethem said.

The US dominates the list, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) topping the ranking and four other universities in the top 10. There are four British universities in the top 10, alongside the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. There are six Chinese universities in the ranking, a record for the country.

Photo courtesy KU Leuven