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.
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 opinions taken from the results of the NSE.
Positions of Dutch professional universities in the Keuzegids HBO 2015 ranking:
|University||City||Number of programmes||Total score|
|Avans UAS||Brabant (3x)||61||68|
|Zuyd UAS||Zuid-Limburg (3x)||36||63.5|
|Windesheim UAS||Zwolle, Lelystad||64||63|
|Fontys UAS||Brabant, Limburg (6x)||100||62|
|HAN UAS||Arnhem, Nijmegen||71||61.5|
|Saxion UAS||Enschede, Deventer, Apeldoorn||60||59.5|
|Stenden UAS||Leeuwarden, Emmen||23||58|
|HU UAS||Utrecht, Amersfoort||68||58|
|The Hague UAS||The Hague||45||57.5|
|Inholland UAS||N-/Z- Holland (7x)||79||51|
Elsevier Magazine survey
Elsevier 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 Studiekeuze.nl 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 2013 Elsevier Rankings.
Positions of the large, medium, and small-sized 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|
|9||NHL UAS||Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht|
|10||Stenden UAS||Vilentum Hogeschool|
|Van Hall Larenstein UAS|
Nationale Studenten Enquete
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: studiekeuzeinformatie.nl/nse).