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The Amsterdam School of Communication Research, or ASCoR, ‘is one of the top Communication Science institutions in the world’. This was the conclusion of the independent international committee charged with evaluating communications research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) over the period 2008-2013.

Amsterdam School of Communication Research

A result to be proud of

Edward de Haan, dean of the UvA's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, is proud of these results. ‘Earlier this year, the QS World University Rankings by Subject already ranked the UvA's Communication Science programmes tenth in the world. These latest findings by this external review committee reaffirm the high quality of our research in this field.’ 

Very good to excellent on all components

The committee assigned scores to four programmes at ASCoR: Corporate Communication, Persuasive Communication, Political Communication & Journalism and Youth & Media Entertainment, as shown in the table below. It assessed four criteria on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = unsatisfactory, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent).



 Productivity  Relevance  Viability
Corporate Communication *     -         -         -      -
Persuasive Communication    4.5          5



Political Communication & Journalism     5


       4.5       4
Youth& Media Entertainment     5




* Corporate Communication only started in September 2013 and therefore could not yet be scored numerically.

The quality of the Persuasive Communication programme was rated excellent and its publication output as outstanding. The committee described the Political Communication & Journalism programme as the best in Europe and one of the top 10 in this research subdiscipline internationally, with excellent visibility in the professional field. Last but not least, the Youth & Media Entertainment programme is among the strongest in this field worldwide, according to the report. Citing the trendsetting researchers, the committee stressed that their work is making significant contributions to not only the field's theoretical development but also to broader social discussions.