TU Eindhoven on 167th position in Times Higher Education Ranking 2019

TU/e still belongs to the 200 best universities in the world, with a 167th position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2019 that is published today. This ranking is very popular among prospective international students worldwide. The university lost 26 places though, so after the strong climb last year it’s back at the position it had in 2015 and 2016. On the subject of cooperation with industry, the TU/e continues to belong to the worldwide top, with a 17th position this year.

Together with the QS and ARWU Rankings, the Times Higher ranking is the most popular and consulted indicator among prospective international students worldwide and particularly influential among international policymakers and governments. The ranking combines the reputation of universities (based on surveys among 20,000 respondents) with a measure of the quality of scientific research, education, cooperation with industry and internationalization.

Top worldwide

On the indicator of cooperation with industry Eindhoven University of Technology belongs to the top universities worldwide for years. This year the university scores with 99,6 out of 100 points a 17th position. Last year TU/e led this ranking, admittedly shared with nine other universities, but the differences between the scores are minimal. The high score is reflected, among other things, in the relatively high number of part-time professors with ties to industry. Furthermore, Eindhoven scores very high on the number of published papers per member of the academic staff and on the percentage of international students and employees.

The Dutch do well

The drop in the general ranking can largely be attributed to the lower citation score (a drop of 6 points on a maximum score of 100) and a lower rating for reputation. Overall, the Dutch universities continue to do well across the board in THE, as one of ten countries with more than ten universities in the top 200. At 58th, Delft is the best ranked Dutch university, overtaking the UvA and Wageningen this year.

Oxford again on 1

The top three of the ranking is the same as last year. University of Oxford leads again, followed by Cambridge University and Stanford University. The United States remains the most-represented nation in the table, but the Chinese universities continue their rise this year. Tsingua University is on the 22th position Asia’s top institution – the first time a Chinese university has held the title under the current methodology. China is fourth most-represented globally in the table.


The phenomenon of university rankings is gaining increasing attention on a global scale. It is a method for comparing the quality of the many hundreds of universities around the world. The rankings are used by the media, governments, prospective students, staff, universities and stakeholders. Internationally, the Times Higher Education Ranking, the QS-ranking, ARWU Shanghai Ranking and CWTS Leiden Ranking are regarded as leading ranking worldwide.