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Belgian universities score high in international ranking

KU Leuven library
14:07 09/06/2022

Nine Belgian universities scored highly in the recently published international ranking of the 2022 British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

KU Leuven (pictured) is in the highest position at number 76, the only Belgian university to crack the top 100 with a score of 67.2.

Other top rankers include Ghent University in 141st place with a score of 52.6, UCLouvain in 188th place with a score of 45.6 and the Brussels university ULB coming in 207 with a score of 42.7.

VUB in Brussels came in 221st place with a score of 41, followed by the University of Antwerp (233rd place, 39.8), Hasselt University (471st, 25.1), Liege University (480th, 24.7) and Mons University (651-700, no listed score).

Hasselt University is the only Belgian university that improved on its previous ranking, rising from 471st place to 449th.

British and American universities lead the rankings, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place with a score of 100, the University of Oxford in second place with a score of 99.5 and Stanford in third with a score of 98.7.

Featuring 1,300 universities from around the world, this year's QS rankings are their largest ever. 

Each institution is assessed according to six key metrics: academic reputation, alumni employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty and international student and faculty ratios.

Corrections to university performance may be made after publication, meaning they are not necessarily set in stone.


Written by Helen Lyons