Both Brussels universities rank in world's top 300

Both Brussels universities rank in world's top 300
Université Libre de Bruxelles. Credit: ULB

The Brussels universities VUB and ULB have been ranked among the 300 best universities in the world, according to the international Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

The French-language Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) sits in 210th place, while the Flemish Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is 251st.

The ranking is based on six indicators, from academic and employer reputation to the number of international students enrolled. It also takes into account the number of students and scholarly publications per faculty, as well as the international faculty ratio.

While there are several university rankings based on different criteria, the QS ranking is the most widely viewed university ranking worldwide, according to web traffic analysis.

Belgian universities

KU Leuven, 20 minutes east of Brussels, is once again the only Belgian university in the top 100 as it ranks 76th.

Ghent University and UCLouvain are in 143rd and 195th place, respectively, while UAntwerp (280) and UHasselt (449) are still among the 500 best universities.

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Compared to the previous ranking, the only Belgian university to make progress is Hasselt University, moving from 471 to 449.

Renowned British and American universities lead the ranking, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place, Cambridge University in second, and Stanford in third.


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