3 Belgian universities rank among the top 200 in the World University Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes each year a global university performance table which ranks research-intensive universities across the world.  The ranking’s calculation is based on their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

THE World University Rankings 2019 included more than 1250 universities across 86 countries. As was the case last year, this year’s list is led by the University of Oxford ranking 1st and the University of Cambridge ranking 2nd.

Three Belgian universities made it in the top 200: KU Leuven, The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), and the University of Ghent.

KU Leuven, the first Belgian university, occupies the 48th position, down one place compared to the previous edition of the charts. 



UCL climbed one rank to the 128th place, which it shares with the University of Maastricht. University of Ghent dropped to 143rd position.  The Free University of Brussels, ranked 175th last year, did not make it in the top 200 in 2018.

Top 10:

  1. Oxford University (GB)

  2. University of Cambridge (GB)

  3. Stanford University (USA),

  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

  5. California Institute of Technology (USA)

  6. Harvard University (USA)

  7. Princeton University (USA)

  8. Yale University (USA)

  9. Imperial College London (UK)

  10. University of Chicago (USA)