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Language research at Radboud University number one

Radboud University’s language research is ranked number one in the global university ranking for 2017 by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). The university's collaboration with the MPI contributes greatly to this success.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes a ranking that measures educational performance and research. The ranking features the top global universities in 227 subjects covering all academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. Within the research field of 'Linguistics', Radboud University was ranked the first of the world. The definition of CWUR referred to covers human language research more broadly.

It is especially the strength of the collaboration between the MPI and the university’s Donders Institute for Brain and Cognition and Behaviour and Center for Language Studies, and furthermore, MPI’s major involvement in the Language in Interaction program, that the Radboud University topped the list.

The CWUR ranking for the research area of Linguistics has resulted in the following top 10:

  1. Radboud University Nijmegen 
  2. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 
  3. University College London 
  4. University of Toronto 
  5. University of Edinburgh 
  6. University of Wisconsin–Madison 
  7. Pennsylvania State University 
  8. Ohio State University   
  9. University of Maryland, College Park 
  10. Harvard University 

Harvard University was again ranked as the best university in the world, followed by Standford and MIT. Aside from two UK universities – University of Cambridge and Oxford – the top 10 list is dominated by US institutes.

The CWUR claims to be the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. The center uses public data for this: awards/ prizes by academic staff and alumni, the number of alumni who currently hold top executive jobs, number of publications and patents, and citations of the two. The score for research is based on the number of scientific publications in leading journals.

About MPI

This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.


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