Leiden dismisses university 'league table' result

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28 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — Leiden University has rejected reports that it has been rated the worst university in the Netherlands in a new league table published Thursday. Maastricht University got the highest score.

28 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Leiden University has rejected reports that it has been rated the worst university in the Netherlands in a new league table published Thursday. Maastricht University got the highest score. 

The conclusion reached by several media sources is incorrect, Leiden University spokesman Wim van Amerongen told Expatica.

"It has actually really amazed us as the most recent material we have from the Education Ministry puts Leiden at the top in terms of research and in the middle bracket in terms of education," he said.

According to that research, Leiden should be number one in the overall classification, Van Amerongen said.

The league table was part of a comparative study of Dutch higher education institutes which Education State Secretary Mark Rutte presented to the Dutch Parliament on Thursday.

Rutte's spokesman indicated the minister was not making any value judgement based on the results.

The report "Kennis in Kaart", or Knowledge Mapped Out, was compiled by adding results from several different surveys. These varied from the goals set by universities and polytechnic colleges, to the study material and the number of female professors.

Maastricht got a score of "excellent" in 11 percent of the research areas and did not get a score of "unsatisfactory" in any category. Leiden, by contrast, scored an excellent rating in only 3 percent of the study points and "unsatisfactory" in 5.6 percent.

Twente University and the Delft Technical University came in behind Maastricht, while the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus in Rotterdam scored badly. 

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, education in the Netherlands

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