Elsevier Magazine publishes a ranking of Dutch universities of applied sciences and research universities every year. The score of each university is heavily based on the results of the annual National Student Questionnaire (Nationale Studenten Enquete, or NSE). The ranking mainly assesses programmes that are taught in Dutch, but for students wishing to study in English, it provides a useful overview of the general reputation of most universities in the Netherlands.
It is important to note that the Elsevier rankings are not based on specific questions about an institution’s curriculum, facilities, or lectures. This means that the overall score of a university does not necessarily reflect specific study programmes which may have much higher scores.
Rankings of universities of applied sciences
In 2016, Elsevier used three main categories to identify which Dutch universities of applied sciences have the best degree programmes: broad institutions, specialised insitutions, and insitutions offering Arts programmes.
In the broad category, Avans University of Applied Sciences ranked highest with 24 of its 37 programmes scoring well. Leiden UAS was ranked 2nd, with 10 out of their 20 programmes rated above average, while Windesheim University of Applied Sciences rounded up the top 3. Students assessed 24 of its courses positively out of a total of 53.
In the specialised category, HAS University of Applied Sciences earned the highest score with 7 of their 10 programmes identified as being above average by the student body. 6 out of 10 programmes were highly rated for NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, giving it second place. Ede UAS reached the third position with 5 out of 10 of its programmes receiving good scores.
In the category of the professional universities offering Arts programmes, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten received highest scores with 6 out of their 9 programmes displaying above-average satisfaction among Dutch students.
For more information about the 2016 Elsevier rankings for universities of applied sciences, see the detailed full results of Dutch professional institutions.
Research university results
Elsevier magazine also ranked Dutch research universities, dividing them into broad, specialised, and technological institutions.
Among broad universities, those offering a diverse choice of specialisations, Radboud University Nijmegen was ranked 1st. It was followed by Utrecht University, Leiden University, and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The University of Groningen and VU University Amsterdam completed the ranking.
Wageningen University was named the best specialised research university in Holland with Tilburg University, Maastricht University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th, respectively, in this category.
Eindhoven University of Technology was identified by students as the top technological university in the country. TU Delft was ranked 2nd, while the University of Twente concluded this list.
For more information about the reputations of these universities, please visit our international rankings of academic universities page.