Communication Science & Media Studies ranked 1st in the world in latest QS Rankings

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is ranked best in the world in the field of Communication Science and Media Studies in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. In the latest QS Rankings, which were published on Wednesday, 28 February, Communication & Media Studies jump from 2nd to 1st place.

‘We’ve always put the quality of our teaching and research first. Over the past few years, we’ve been delighted to see our efforts reflected in a solid position in the rankings. This number 1 position is, of course, the icing on the cake. We are incredibly proud to have been able to put the UvA’s Communication Science department on the map’, says Martine van Selm, director of the College of Communication and professor in the Corporate Communication group.

At the forefront

‘Communication Science has always wanted to lead from the front when it comes to embracing educational innovations and adopting new research initiatives. Evaluations done by international review committees have shown time and again how valued we are for being an excellent institute. But our success is, of course, mainly thanks to our highly motivated and qualified lecturers and researchers’, says Van Selm.

The research and education carried out at Communication Science have scientific and practical relevance, are interdisciplinary and internationally oriented, and include both English and Dutch Bachelor’s, Master’s and Research Master’s programmes. The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute of the department of Communication Science. Some of the themes explored within research and teaching include cyberbullying, influencers and brand communication, media and politics, the changing journalism landscape, robots and chatbots, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, personalised health communication, personalisation and privacy, organisations in the news, and stereotypes in the media.

About the rankings

QS ranks subject areas on the basis of four criteria: employer reputation, academic reputation, citations and H-index. The latter criterion links the impact (number of citations) to the scope (number of publications) of a researcher’s work. In the university-wide QS World University Rankings released on 8 June 2017, the UvA is placed 58th.

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