Belgium does "extraordinary well" in world's University Rankings

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology retains the number 1 position in the annual University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). Belgium boasts 6 universities or colleges in the top-200: "An extraordinary score considering the small size of the country", says Ben Sowter of QS. The first Belgian university is the KU Leuven on number 77.

QS compares some 800 schools, colleges and universities worldwide on a yearly basis. The main criteria are the research that has been conducted, employment, education and international appeal.

Almost all Belgian universities climbed a number of places in the rankings. KU Leuven (photo) comes first at number 77 from 82 last year. Ghent University jumps from 148 to 122. Other Belgian universities in the top-200 include the Francophone Catholic University in Louvain-la-Neuve UCL (138) the Francophone Brussels University ULB (168) and its Dutch-speaking counterpart in Brussels VUB (172). Antwerp University is at number 185.

"For a small country like Belgium to have 6 schools in the top-200, is simply extraordinary", says Ben Sowter of QS. "Belgian universities have an excellent reputation abroad, both among academics and among employers." A big country like France, only has 5 schools in the top-200.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) keeps the lead and is followed by Harvard University. The University of Cambridge comes third. For a full view of the rankings, click here.