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Elsevier Reveals Top Dutch University Programmes for 2012

Rankings 30 September 2012, 23:10

The Dutch weekly magazine, Elsevier, recently revealed the best study programmes in the Netherlands. The 2012 rankings come as a result of the National Student Survey (NSE), where 170,000 students and 2,000 professors and senior lecturers were asked to give their opinions.

Elsevier ranking 2012 reveals best dutch university programmesThe Dutch weekly magazine, Elsevier, recently revealed the best university programmes in the Netherlands. The 2012 rankings come as a result of the National Student Survey (NSE), where 170,000 students and 2,000 professors and senior lecturers were asked to give their opinions.

The annual educational report "De beste studies" (the best study programmes), based on the evaluation of 614 university programmes, identified the institutions which offer the best study programmes.

Research universities ranking

Elsevier has paid particular attention to the programmes which the NSE found to be ranked as ‘above average’ by the students. Students seem to be most satisfied with TU Eindhoven, which is voted the highest overall among the three technical universities of the Netherlands.

Six out of the eleven programmes at TU Eindhoven ranked ‘above average’ in terms of student satisfaction. Maastricht University also scored very high, where students were ‘generally satisfied’ with seven of the sixteen programmes (44%).

The three best “comprehensive universities” tend to coincide; about a third of their programmes get ‘above average’ praise from the students. At the top are Radboud University Nijmegen and Leiden University (33%), followed by the University of Utrecht (32%). The two Amsterdam universities are near the bottom of the list, with a good score for only 6 of the 57 courses at UvA and 3 of 49 at the VU.

Traditionally, Elsevier also surveys the professors and teaching staff. With these votes taken into account, Utrecht University received the most appreciation and the highest score. Both the Bachelor’s and Master’s education is good, as is the quality of teachers and scientific publications.

Although the Bachelor’s programmes are not ranked highly, the professors also considered the Master’s programmes offered at Tilburg University as some of the best in the Netherlands. Among the technical universities, TU Delft offers the best Master’s programmes.

Universities of applied sciences positions

When looking at the universities of applied sciences, the Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE) and NHTV Breda University received the highest score. Among the professional educational institutions that offer more than 20 study programmes, Avans University ranked first.

Read more about international rankings of Dutch research universities and positions of universities of applied sciences in the national ranking lists.

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