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The World Economic Forum recently published their “Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report” in which the Netherlands is identified as the 3rd most competitive nation in Europe. The report assessed 28 countries in the three main areas of smart growth, inclusive growth, and sustainable growth.


Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen has published their annual report for the 2013 year. In this paper, Hanze UAS summarised its main goals and achievements, including positions in national rankings such as Keuzegids, Elsevier, and the Student Satisfaction Survey.


Oxfam’s “Good Enough to Eat” index was recently published. It determined that the Netherlands is the best country out of those studied to access good food. The country has the most plentiful, affordable, nutritious, and healthy diet.


The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) named the Netherlands 6th overall out of 103 the countries in its rankings for the year. The report identified the Dutch as being very capable of attracting, developing, and keeping talent in the country.


The 2013 Financial Times business school rankings for Europe, measuring business schools across the continent on their executive MBA, MBA, and Master in Management programmes, have been published. 4 Dutch institutions have made the ranking which lists 75 schools across the continent.



QS recently released their Best Student Cities 2013-2014 ranking, a list of the top 50 student cities in the world. Amsterdam ranked 5th in the quality of living category, taking 36th place overall.


HAN University of Applied Sciences has become a national leader of the Elsevier 2013 rankings in the category of larger Dutch universities of applied sciences. International Business and Management Studies programmes of this institution has also been rated as No 1 in this rankings.


The Netherlands is the host country offering the highest amount of English-taught Master’s programmes in Europe according to newly published IIE briefing paper. The data collected showed an overall rise of 25% in Master’s programmes across Europe between June 2011 to June 2013.


The 2014 edition of the Keuzegids higher education programmes guide was recently published, ranking Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences 5th in the International Business and Management Bachelor’s programmes category. The International Business Administration (IBA) programme scored 6.8 and is the highest-ranked programme of its kind in the Apeldoorn and Deventer region of the country.


The Netherlands has become the third most popular country of study for international students. Analysis of the most popular destinations and disciplines in Europe revealed that interest in studying in Holland has grown by 29%.