Dutch Universities and University Medical Centers Maintain Solid Position in Rankings. Chinese Universities keep moving up.

The QS World University Ranking 2020 has just been released. Big news for China, which achieved its third university among the top 25, Peking University, moving up from place 30 to 22. Tsinghua University is still the best ranked Chinese University, moving from spot 17 to 16. Only Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and National University of Singapore are still ahead of the Chinese universities in Asia.

Among the rising stars in Asia, Dutch universities are still maintaining their solid positions. The highest ranked Dutch university is the Technical University of Delft at position 50. There are no Dutch universities in the top 25. However, all together, the relatively small Dutch universities make an impressive impact. 12 of the Netherlands’ 13 research universities are in the QS ranking top 250. In the latest Times Higher Education Ranking, these 12 universities were even in the top 200, making the Netherlands the 4th country worldwide measured by number of universities in the top 200.

In subject specific rankings, Dutch universities often score better. For example, Wageningen University has consistently been number 1 in agriculture and food sciences in various rankings. Nature recently released a ranking of University Medical Centers in biomedical sciences, in which 7 out the 8 Dutch University Medical Centers are in the worldwide top 75. Highest ranked is Erasmus Medical Center, as number 30 in the Europe top 3.

The importance of biomedical sciences for the Dutch innovation ecosystem is growing, not in the last place because of the moving of the European Medicine Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam as a result of the Brexit.

Holland Science Network 2019

This April Dutch & Chinese academics gathered during the annual meet-up of the Holland Science Network (HSN).
The participants exchanged their views on strategies to enhance Sino-Dutch knowledge sharing, intercountry exchange of researchers and professors, and collaborative research. The goal of the HSN is to stimulate progress in technological innovation for both countries.
If you’re interested you can reach out to us through our contact page.
We look forward to seeing you next year!

SEMINAR: Balancing regulation & innovation: transit of EMA to Amsterdam

Seminar on the occasion of the transit of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam (EMA), 27th & 29th of May

The seminar brings you a view from regulators, academia and industry on the necessity of maintaining the balance between regulation and innovation and will give you an update on the latest information on the transit of the EMA from the UK to The Netherlands. In addition you will be provided an overview of the excellent infrastructure for research and innovation in The Netherlands, and how the stakeholders are collaborating in the fields of regulations and innovation, with the goal of bringing new medicines and treatments to patients in Europe.

Speakers from the Netherlands include a chairman of the Dutch Clinical Trials Authority, a chairman of the Medicines Evaluation Board and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Working Group of the Dutch Pharmaceutical Medicine Association. Furthermore there will be two Chinese speakers from the regulatory science community and from the industry.


  • Monday 27th of May, Embassy of The Netherlands in Beijing
  • Wednesday 29th of May, Consulate of The Netherlands in Shanghai

There is a limited number of seats available and pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration can be done by sending an e-mail to this address:


Please indicate company name, your name and title, number of attendees, and preferred location (Beijing or Shanghai)

Seminar organized by the Embassy and Consulate of The Netherlands in China, The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and 3EACON Inc.

EVENT: Hydrogen developments in China

We cordially invite you to join us on Wednesday January 23 at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing to discuss hydrogen developments in China. After intensively researching China’s NEV Industry earlier in 2018, since September 2018 our team has been conducting in-depth research of the hydrogen sector and we would like to share the preliminary results.

China’s energy security is challenged by the increased need for energy and quick depletion of fossil fuels, while cities are struggling with unhealthy levels of pollution. Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of sources and help diversify China’s energy system as well as decarbonize its transport sector. In 2018 the development of Fuel cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in China took off with several cities putting Fuel Cell Buses into operation.

Holland Innovation Network will discuss the current government policies and developments in the industry from hydrogen production to applications of fuel cells. We have invited Ms. Wang Wanyi from the United Nations Development Program (involved in the UNDP-MOST-GEF fuel cell bus demonstration project) and Mr. Yang Anping from China International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition.


15:30 – 16:00 Registration – Coffee & Tea
16:00 – 16:30 Presentation by Holland Innovation Network
16:30 – 16:45 Comments by Ms. Wang Wanyi (UNDP) and Mr. Yang Anping (CHFCE)
16:45 – 17:00 Public discussion and Q&A
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks

Please RSVP to bv@hollandinnovation.cn 

Location: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, Liangmahe South Road No. 4, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing.