Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Securing and expanding our global position

ITC is a global leader with a strong brand name in the scientific domain of geo-information science and earth observation and a solid, global reputation in capacity development.

In the Shanghai subject ranking 2022 (Subject: engineering | remote sensing), ITC | University of Twente ranks 9th in the world, 4th in Europe and 1st in the Netherlands. Our education is top-rated in the Netherlands’ ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten’. It is our aim to maintain this top-rated position in education and research. 

Arwu Shanghai Subject Ranking

Each year ShanghaiRanking releases the edition of their Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. This release contains rankings of universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. In total, more than 4000 universities were ranked.

In the Shanghai subject ranking 2022 (Subject: engineering | remote sensing), ITC | University of Twente ranks 9th in the world, 4th in Europe and 1st in the Netherlands.

ARWU Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. 

Overall ranking University of Twente in 2022: 401-500

ITC Master 'Top-quality programme' Keuzegids Master

What’s more, ITC Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation was judged to be a “top rated programme” by leading Dutch publication Keuzegids Masters five times in a row, in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Keuzegids Masters is a publication of the Dutch Center for Higher Education Information (CHOI) on the quality of academic educational programmes.

ECA Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalization

The international flavour of the ITC Master’s in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is highly appreciated by students and external officials alike. To prove the latter, our programme was awarded the ECA Certificate for Quality in Programme Internationalisation by the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), with internationalisation being labelled a “distinctive quality feature”.


The QS World University Rankings currently follows about 1,600 universities worldwide. In the ranking of 2023, University of Twente is positioned in the range of the first 20%. Part of the ranking is based on hard data (faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, proportion of international students by faculty). Another important part is based on data obtained from two large global surveys – one among academics and another among employers (academic reputation, employer reputation).

Overall ranking University of Twente in 2023: 212

CWTS Leiden Ranking

The CWTS Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of the involvement of universities in scientific collaboration. Compared with other university rankings, the Leiden Ranking offers more advanced indicators of scientific impact and collaboration and uses a more transparent methodology. The Leiden Ranking does not rely on subjective data obtained from reputational surveys or on data provided by universities themselves.

Overall ranking University of Twente in 2022: 479

Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE)

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) are powered by Thomson Reuters. They are the only global university performance tables to judge world universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. 

THE employs several carefully calibrated performance indicators, which have been classified into five areas:

  • Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30% of the overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30%)
  • Citations: research influence (worth 30%)
  • Industry income: innovation (worth 2.5%)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5%)

Overall ranking University of Twente in 2023: 251-300


The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They use carefully calibrated indicators to provide a comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. The ranking on SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure measures universities is led by three institutions in joint first place including the University of Twente.