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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.

Avans University of Applied SciencesThe Keuzegids 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 opinions taken from the results of the NSE.

Dutch professional universities in the 2014 Keuzegids Guide:

University City Number of programmes Total score
HZ UAS Vlissingen, Terneuzen 24 71
Avans UAS Brabant (3x) 61 69.5
NHTV UAS Breda 11 68.5
Fontys UAS Brabant, Limburg (6x) 83 62.5
Zuyd UAS Zuid-Limburg (3x) 42 62
Windesheim UAS Zwolle, Almere 52 61.5
Hanze UAS Groningen 53 61.5
HAN UAS Arnhem, Nijmegen 62 61.5
Stenden UAS Leeuwarden, Emmen 24 59
NHL Leeuwarden 38 58
Saxion UAS Enschede, Deventer, Apeldoorn 63 58
The Hague UAS The Hague 43 58
Rotterdam UAS Rotterdam 54 56.5
HU UAS Utrecht, Amersfoort 60 55.5
Leiden UAS Leiden, Rotterdam 18 55
Amsterdam UAS Amsterdam 48 53.5
Inholland UAS N-/Z- Holland (8x) 86 53

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 2013 Elsevier Rankings.

Positions of the large, medium, and small-sized Dutch professional universities in the 2013 Elsevier Rankings:

  Large-sized Medium-sized Small-sized
2 Windesheim UAS HZ UAS Gereformeerde Hogeschool
3 HvA Hanze UAS, Groningen CHE
4 Fontys UAS Leiden UAS Amsterdam School of Arts
5 Rotterdam UAS Saxion UAS HAS Den Bosh
7 Inholland UAS Stenden UAS Utrecht School of Arts
8   The Hague UAS CAH Vilentum
9   NHL UAS Van Hall Larenstein UAS

Nationale Studenten Enquete

Students of Zuyd University of Applied SciencesThe 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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