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Vrije Universiteit Brussel confirms its top status as a university with a 182nd place in the QS World University Rankings. The QS Rankings are seen as one of the leading global rankings of universities. Only the best 965 university even make the publication, out of the more than 4000 that were evaluated worldwide. In Flanders only KU Leuven and UGent are higher on the ranking list, with the University of Antwerp also making the list. Rector Caroline Pauwels is proud of VUB’s performance. “Both in terms of education and research we score well. And the importance of our relationship with the international city Brussels is once again emphasised. A solid base to further develop ourselves, both in the city, in Belgium and in the world.”

The QS Ranking judges positively about VUB. “Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic modern university with two green campuses in the Brussels Capital Region. It is your ideal partner for prestigious international research and education with a European and global perspective.”


The education program is equally praised. “As #182 in the world VUB offers high quality English Bachelor, Master, PhD and various other course degrees with reasonable tuition fees. All study areas are represented, which means that students get insights into matters that transcend their own discipline. Courses are taught by eminent academics and business professionals, all with an open door policy for students.”


The academic level also scores well according to QS. “With more than 150 internationally acknowledged research teams VUB trains students in many disciplines of fundamental and applied research.” Finally, VUB is praised for its innovative and economic influence. “Thanks to the founding of more than 20 spin off companies in diverse domains, VUB plays a prominent role in attracting and starting new economic activities on and around its two campuses in the Brussels Capital Region.”



VUB’s position in Brussels is a major advantage voor QS. “VUB is spread over two green campuses in the cosmopolitan city Brussels and counts over 15.000 students, of which 21% are international. The campuses have everything a student needs: extended libraries, modern laboratories, a career center, sports facilities, medical care, language courses, student restaurants and a cultural center.”

About the city itself QS is also enthusiastic. “The capital of Belgium is often called ‘the capital of Europe’, because of its many international organisation that can be found there. Sinds the Second World War it has become the administrative center of organisations such as the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the World Customs Organisation and EUROCONTROL, to name but a few. So, if you wish to study political science, international affairs of translator-interpreter, Brussels is probably the Belgian city for you.”

Finally, QS laudes the flourishing night life, the world class restaurants and the unique shopping facilities, including open air market and galleries. Cosmopolitan and multilingual Brussels has broad and appealing cultural and recreational offerings.


QS Ranking

In the QS Rankings the 965 best universities in the world are listed. In total, more than 4000 universities were evaluated. The team at QS has analysed more than 75 million citations from more than 12 million papers and processed a whopping 115.000 survey answers of employers and academics for this purpose. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is head of the class for the sixth consecutive time in 2018 and can call itself the ‘best university in the world’. The full list can be found here: