On Wednesday, Times Higher Education (THE) revealed this year's World University Rankings, with Belgium enjoying a mixed bag in terms of the international standing of their universities.
THE publishes these rankings every year and assesses over 1,600 universities from 99 countries throughout the world. They are based on four separate criteria: instructional excellence, research quality, internationalisation of activities, and job prospects.
Belgium has four universities in the top 200, with some dropping in the rankings while others rise.
KU Leuven remained in 42nd place, ahead of UGent, which dropped from 96th to 107th position, and the University of Antwerp, which jumped from 143rd to 131st place. UCLouvain, the only French-speaking university fell from 158th to 170th place.
- Rik Torfs, Flanders’ best-known professor, retires from KU Leuven
- French-speaking universities to start academic year earlier
Another interesting piece of information from the rankings is that the number of Asian universities rated (669) is more than those in Europe (639).
Furthermore, three Asian universities are currently in the top 20 in the world (two from China and one from Singapore), while the rest of the top 20 were dominated by Anglo-Saxon institutions, with the University of Oxford still reigning supreme, ahead of Harvard and Cambridge.