Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) is a Faculty of The University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. The University of Twente is included in several reputable rankings and is generally counted among the top 1% of universities worldwide. Below is an overview of leading rankings that include ITC and/or UT.
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 three times in a row, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Keuzegids Masters is a publication of the Dutch Center for Higher Education Information (CHOI) on the quality of academic educational programmes.
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”.
This global sub-ranking of subjects is a branch of the international Shanghai Ranking (ARWU) published annually. The GRAS assesses the score of more than 4,000 universities in 52 different categories.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff that have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers according to Thomson Scientific, the number of articles published in the Nature and Science journals, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and the per capita performance with respect to the size of the institution concerned. More than 1,000 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published on the web.
Overall ranking University of Twente in 2017: 301-400
The QS World University Rankings currently consider over 2,000 and evaluate over 700 universities in the world, ranking the top 400. QS World University Rankings claim to be more independent than other rankings because peer review is an important factor in their research. 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 2018 179
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 Times Higher Education World University Rankings employ 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 2017: 179
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 2017: 376