Each year, the Times Higher Education World University Ranking establishes the ranking of more than 1,400 universities in 92 countries.
The ranking is carried out on the basis of 13 criteria which evaluate the institutions’ performance, among others: teaching, research, transfer of knowledge, international vision, gender balance and the percentage of international students.
This year, for the fourth year running, it is Oxford University that takes top place, followed by the California Institute of Technology in 2nd place and Cambridge University in 3rd place.
Belgium has every reason to be proud of its ranking. Four of its universities are in the top 200. KU Leuven progresses from 48th to 45th position, Ghent University climbs 20 places and is now in 123rd position. UCLouvain occupies the 152nd position after a slight drop, and the young University of Antwerp, founded in 2003, takes its place in the top 200 for the first time.
Belgium can be rightly proud of these rankings.