Vrije Universiteit BrusselUniversity


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Foundation: 1834

Mission: For more than 180 years VUB has helped build a better society as an innovative, free inquiring and critical thinking university. We are linked to the world from within our international capital Brussels. A never-ending quest for knowledge, insights and enlightenment form the golden thread in all we do in education, research and social commitment. At the same time we continue to advance our very personal and democratic approach that enables all the members of the VUB-community to grow, so they can successfully take up their roles in the world of today and tomorrow.

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History: www.vub.be


Overall percentile


Research percentile


Innovation percentile


Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Universities sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28OECDBelgium
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 599th351st349th532nd9th
Arts and Humanities 273rd125th122nd242nd4th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 449th201st189th384th7th
Business, Management and Accounting 380th171st169th303rd4th
Chemistry 548th290th282nd469th13th
Computer Science 407th173rd169th312th4th
Dentistry 264th117th112th209th5th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 370th207th205th302nd7th
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 347th170th168th283rd6th
Energy 404th175th175th293rd11th
Engineering 355th147th143rd262nd5th
Environmental Science 405th218th213th318th8th
Mathematics 374th167th167th280th5th
Medicine 412th175th165th365th9th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 369th137th131st295th6th
Physics and Astronomy 397th190th184th329th7th
Psychology 258th105th98th244th5th
Social Sciences 256th103rd102nd214th4th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatiĆ³n allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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