16 April 2019 • HOP, Inge Schouten
Educational Inspectorate sees increasing study success in universities of applied sciences
Universities of applied sciences are doing well, reveals the annual report by the Educational Inspectorate. Study success has increased and as a result, the transition to the labour market has improved as well. Women perform better in universities of applied sciences than men.
The Educational Inspectorate was pleased to note in its annual rapport The State of Education that more university of applied sciences students are completing their bachelor’s degree. Of the class of 2012-2013, 61% of students graduated within 5 years. The study success has increased for both men and women, although women still outperform the men: the difference in the graduation rate is 18%.
The Inspectorate is curious to see how this study success will develop over the next few years. Because the university of applied sciences bachelor’s degree programmes take a year longer, the effect of the student loan system will not be visible until later.
The Inspectorate is pleased with the increased study success of the universities of applied sciences. This success has also resulted in a better transition to the labour market. A year and a half after graduating, 3.5% of university of applied sciences graduates are unemployed compared to 5.5% of research university graduates. This percentage has decreased in the last three years and is low compared to other countries, according to the Inspectorate.
Internationals graduate faster
In recent years, an increasing number of international students have opted for a degree programme at a Dutch university of applied sciences or research university. And with great success, states the Educational Inspectorate in its annual report The State of Education. International students graduate faster than Dutch students, both in university of applied sciences and research university bachelor’s degree programmes. For more than five years the difference in study success between international and Dutch students has been more than 10%.
Based on the annual report of the Accreditation Organisation NVAO, the inspectorate has confirmed that the existing degree programmes in higher education comply with the quality criteria, as well as the accreditation system. However, there is room to improve the reliability of the NVAO assessments: there should be basic rules for the expert panels that evaluate the degree programmes. The NVAO should also analyse the assessments more frequently. This would be greatly beneficial to the educational institutions.