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Rankings of universities of applied sciences

Universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands are generally not included in worldwide university rankings. Therefore, Dutch organisations have created their own standards for ranking these types of institutions. There are currently three national rankings that include universities of applied sciences. The Keuzegids HBO, the Elsevier Magazine and Nationale Studenten Enquete (NSE), are all published on a yearly basis to help students select the right programme and school for them.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, GroningenThe Keuzegids HBO Rankings

The Keuzegids is the only independent guide, published yearly by the Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie (Higher Education Information Centre). One of the five published reports (HBO), critically assesses and compares the quality of study programmes of vocational universities in the Netherlands.

Results take into account the perspectives of both students and the universities themselves. Rankings are generally based on data about the programme’s success rates, expert opinions from the accreditation of programmes, and student feedback derived from the NSE results.

Dutch universities of applied sciences in the Keuzegids HBO 2016 ranking:

Large-sized universities City Number of programmes Total score Position
Avans UAS Brabant (3x) 63 67 1
Windesheim UAS Zwolle, Flevoland 67 65 2
Hanze UAS Groningen 51 63 3
Fontys UAS  Brabant, Limburg (6x) 102 62.5 4
Saxion UAS  Enschede, Deventer, Apeldoorn 55 61.5 5
HAN UAS Arnhem, Nijmegen 69 61.5 5
The Hague UAS The Hague 39 58 7
Rotterdam UAS Rotterdam 64 58 7
HU Utrecht Utrecht, Amersfoort 64 56.5 8
Amsterdam UAS Amsterdam 58 54 9
Inholland UAS N-/Z- Holland (7 locations) 91 51 10
Medium-sized universities City Number of programmes Total score Position
CHE Ede 10 70 1
NHTV Breda UAS Breda 10 69 2
HZ UAS Vlissingen 22 67 3
Zuyd UAS Zuid-Limburg (3 x) 36 60.5 4
HKU Utrecht (Arts) 12 60 5
Leiden UAS Leiden 21 59.5 6
Stenden UAS Leeuwarden, Emmen 24 58 7
Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) Leeuwarden, Velp 16 54 8
NHL Leeuwarden 51 53 9
Small-sized universities City Number of programmes Total score Position
TIO UAS 5 locations (Tourism) 12 75.5 1
Viaa Zwolle (Education, Care) 5 75 2
HTH UAS The Hague, Amsterdam 2 70 3
HAS Den Bosch (Environment) 12 69 4
Artez Arnhem, Enschede, Zwolle (Arts) 18 64.5 5
AHK Amsterdam (Arts) 9 64 6
Vilentum Almere, Dronten, Wageningen 6 62 7
Ipabo Alkmaar, Amsterdam 2 60.5 8
Codarts Rotterdam (Arts) 5 59 9

Elsevier Magazine survey

NHTV Breda University of Applied SciencesElsevier Magazine, a Dutch weekly magazine, publishes a yearly ranking of the best higher education studies. “De Beste Studies” report ranks schools based on student satisfaction and surveys of teaching staff. Student opinions are calculated using the results of the NSE, while teaching staff is given a survey specially commissioned by Elsevier with results collected from that. Additional information is taken from the database and edited.

Elsevier report, where Dutch taught degree programmes were assesses, is composed for national students and represents mostly general reputation of vocational universities for English-speaking students, therefore Eurogates limits their stats only with ranking positions of these institutions. Find some more information about results of professional and research universities in the 2014 Elsevier Rankings.

Positions of Dutch professional universities in the 2014 Elsevier Rankings:

  Large-sized Medium-sized Specialised (new category in 2014)
1 HAN UAS Avans UAS Viaa
2 Fontys UAS Leiden UAS Stichting Marthas
3 Rotterdam UAS Hanze UAS, Groningen Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
4 HU UAS  Windesheim UAS Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
5 HvA Zuyd UAS NHTV Breda UAS
6 Inholland UAS Saxion UAS Hogeschool Ede
7   The Hague UAS HAS Hogeschool
8   HZ UAS ArtEZ
9   NHL UAS Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
10   Stenden UAS Vilentum Hogeschool
11     Van Hall Larenstein UAS

Students of Zuyd University of Applied SciencesNationale Studenten Enquete

The Nationale Studenten Enquete (NSE), known as the National Student Survey in English, is a yearly survey sent out to students following a programme in higher education.

The Studychoice123 Foundation (in Dutch Studiekeuze123), an initiative of higher education organisations, is responsible for the NSE and collaborates with the Ministry of Education.

Studychoice123 asks all higher education institutions to participate in the National Student Survey every year. Questions pertain to the quality of the professors, the study, the skills and training acquired, testing and assessment, and other relevant information. The results of NSE available online in Dutch (see:

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