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The independent Dutch student website, studentenwegwijzer.nl, has revealed the results of their 2015 survey which asked students to assess how safe they thought the city they study in is. In this survey, Nijmegen took 1st place, with 60% of respondents considering the city to be “safe” or “very safe”.


Avans UAS has confirmed its status as the top university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Both the Elsevier and Keuzegids HBO rankings placed the university in 1st position in the 2015 edition of the results. Avans’ Bachelor’s programmes have also scored well in the rankings.


The Elsevier and Keuzegids HBO Rankings for 2015 were recently published, revealing the top universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. NHTV Breda scored among the best Dutch professional institutions once again, maintaining its reputable position in these rankings for over ten years now.


The Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Eindhoven are 3 of the top 5 cities in the recently published Copenhagenize Index 2015. This year’s results reaffirm the Netherlands’ status as the most bicycle-friendly country in the world.


The TIAS International Msc in Business Administration programme placed 1st in the 2014 Elsevier “Best Studies” ranking. The programme ranked highest among all other Master’s of Business Administration programmes available at Dutch universities. This programme also scored well in the Financial Times 2014 ranking, climbing up for the third consecutive year.



The cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands have recently been named as two of the top ten most sustainable cities in the world by ARCADIS, a leading global consultancy firm. Its “2015 Sustainable Cities Index” report analysed global metropolises in order to develop a ranking of the top 50 most sustainable cities in the world.


Nuffic, the Dutch organisation responsible for cooperation among higher education institutions at home and abroad, recently released the results of a survey called Student Pulse. Over two thousand international students in 8 countries were all asked various questions regarding their interest to study at a higher education institution in the Netherlands.


Employment opportunities vary greatly from field to field, making the choice of which study field to enrol in a very important one. Students graduating from a higher education programme will often either be very successful or have trouble finding a job after graduation. Depending on their field of study, students can have more or less difficulty in finding gainful employment in their domain after completing their degree.


Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen received positive feedback from both international and Dutch students in 2014. StudyPortal awarded the university with a Certificate for Excellent International Student Satisfaction while the Elsevier Magazine rankings, based on the annual National Student Questionnaire, named Hanze UAS the 3rd best medium-sized professional university in the Netherlands.


The 2015 edition of the Keuzegids HBO rankings has been published, identifying top institutions that offer professional higher education in the Netherlands. According to this ranking, NHTV Breda is the best large university of applied sciences in the country.