Radboud University

Performance Indicators



According to the Dutch university information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020 (for Bachelor's programmes), Radboud Unversity is the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands. Two programmes have received a Top Programme designation, nine programmes are deemed the best in their field by the Keuzegids.
In the Keuzegids Masters 2022 eleven Radboud University master's programs score above average.
In addition, the Elsevier Beste Studies 2021 awards Radboud University with one gold, five silver and five bronze medals. 23 Radboud University study programmes are in first position in their field within the 'student assessment' ranking.

Study success: 76 % gets bachelor's diploma within 4 years

Over the last few years, Radboud University has focused on intensifying its education and on increasing study success rates. As a result, 76 % of the students that started their bachelor's programme in 2014, have got their diploma within 4 years.

Student satisfaction: National Student Survey

Students of Radboud University on average score the university an 8.0 (out of 10) and their programme a 7.7. Thus shows the National Student Survey, which is held each spring. This survey is a vital resource for programmes in helping them further improve the quality of education. In 2019, 7,359 students of Radboud University participated.

The results of this survey are also incorporated into important sources of information for prospective students, such as the Guide to Higher Education, Elsevier Beste Studies (Elsevier’s Top Study Programmes), and the website studiekeuze123.nl.

International rankings

There are about 18,000 universities worldwide. Radboud University is one of the leading group.

Each year three leading global university rankings are released, each measuring different aspects in the field of research, education and reputation. (tba = to be announced)

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
ARWU / Shanghai ranking 115 104 105 101 tba
QS ranking 204 204 217 214 220
THE ranking 122 123 128 136 139
CWTS Leiden ranking 108 105 106 96 tba
THE Impact ranking -- -- 201-300 301-400 tba

Since 2019, Radboud University has joined the THE Europe Teaching Ranking that compares universities based on their performance in the field of education. Radboud University scored a 24th place in a field of 258 universities.



In 2010 the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov for their research into the properties of graphene. Both are closely associated with Radboud University.

ERC grants

The European Research Council (ERC) awards grants to the best scientists in Europe. Furthermore, the ERC wants to stimulate innovative research. Researchers of Radboud University have been awarded ERC grants in different categories.

In 2013, ERC awarded a Synergy Grant of 14 Million Euro to a team of European astrophysicists to construct the first accurate image of a black hole. The project was led bij prof. Heino Falcke (Radboud University).

In 2019, three ERC Synergy Grants were awarded to teams led by Mike Jetten, Mikhail Katsnelson and Theo Rasing.

Since the start of the ERC Advanced Grant programme, 25 Radboud professors got such a research grant of 2,5 Million Euro. Mike Jetten, Roeland Nolte, Wilhelm Huck and Carl Figdor even got two.

23 Radboud researchers, from alfa, beta and gamma background, received an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 Million Euro since 2013.

40 Radboud researchers were awarded the ERC Starting Grant since 2008. The ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe.

Roadmap grants

The National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities programme enables the building or renovation of research facilities with international allure, with which the Netherlands can assume an important position internationally. The High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), run by Radboud University and FOM, received large subsidies from this programme in 2012 and 2014. Together with the FELIX laser lab, HFML received another roadmap grant in 2018.
The Netherlands X-omics initiative, led by Radboud University Medical Centre, also received a large Roadmap grant in 2018.

Gravitation grant

Successful innovation requires more than technological progress alone. Every new concept must first be firmly anchored into an existing context. At least this is the hypothesis of Dutch classicists, working together in the National Research School in Classical Studies OIKOS. They intend to test this by studying classical antiquity. The OIKOS researchers will be conducting their research programme 'Anchoring Innovation' thanks to a grant of 18,8 million euros from the Gravitation programme 2017 of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Radboud University is official secretary for this programme.

In 2012 en 2013, other researchers of Radboud University also got a Gravitation grant.

Spinoza Prize

13 scientists from Radboud University have won the Spinoza Prize, also known as the ‘Dutch Nobel Prize’. The most recent were Wilhelm Huck and Mihai Netea in 2016.



You can read more about our research achievements on our website.