CWTS Leiden World Rankings 2014

When it comes to seeking out a school, ranking lists have become a go-to necessity sought out by students, parents and teachers alike. Eager to see who is coming out on top and out-ranking the others, such comprehensive lists help people accurately assess which school is right for them, dependent on location, subject, faculties and a plethora of further pinpointed indicators that represent how well the school is performing. CWTS takes its approach to ranking very seriously, making sure that authenticity is a central focus.

With a comprehensive range of 750 esteemed universities worldwide, CWTS takes a more scientific approach to its ranking system lending it a somewhat refreshing approach. CWTS want to garner highly accurate results illuminating the scientific impact of universities. Their painstaking methodology is enforced by a highly sophisticated barometer that gauges the scientific necessity of universities by incorporating bibliometric indicators. For undeniably accurate rankings, CWTS are hard to beat.

Otherwise known by its moniker, the Leiden ranking, CWTS has been widely acclaimed as one of most worthwhile and commended measurement systems presently in use. Prospective students are able to refine their results using CWTS’ search criterion which focuses on field, region and country with users free to add further indicators. In this way, readers of the ranking are offered a bespoke table that reflects the position of universities according to their individual requirements.

When it comes to which international lists universities and colleges aim to climb, the CWTS Leiden ranking should definitely be considered. As a fairly new ranking system based in the Netherlands, it offers an advanced and scientific approach, and its tables often differ drastically from the other worldwide university rankings.

The CWTS Leiden ranking implements a range of indicators including impact indicators including the mean citation score, the mean normalised citation score and the proportion of top 10% publications. The unique flair posed by CWTS rankings ensures that smaller universities stand a chance against their larger competitors - making the Leiden ranking an ultimately fairer method than others on the market. Utilising size-dependent indicators, accurate comparisons can be made between smaller and larger campuses that authentically reflect the nature of the university and represent it accordingly.

Certainly a method that prioritises quality over quantity, students can accurately harness proactive results and make an informed choice. The rankings also take into account differences in language, discipline and the size of the institution. With their first ranking publication published in 2007, the ranking is dominated by a plethora of high-ranking American universities, including Princeton and Harvard. The highly innovative ranking system marks an interesting departure that yields highly scientific results and scores universities differently, according to how many scientific publications have been cited.

A survey commissioned by Hobsons conducted a survey of international students, which has revealed the important of university rankings.  Having surveyed 14,000 international students in Australia and the UK, 77% of correspondents stated university rankings and subject rankings as ‘very important’ when decided where to study.  With this in mind, institutions striving for a global presence will want to climb up the CWTS rankings along with others.