3 October 2016 • Door HOP, Bas Belleman/Dieuwke de Boer
Elsevier puts THUAS in 11th place
According to the weekly Elsevier magazine, a green university and a green university of applied sciences are the best in the Netherlands. Wageningen University and HAS University of Applied Sciences top the annual ranking. The Hague University of Applied Sciences takes 11th place.
Elsevier’s ranking (available in Dutch only) looks at students’ answers to one question in the National Students Survey – how satisfied are students about their course in general? They choose on a scale of one to five.
Elsevier looks at which university and university of applied sciences have the most highly valued bachelor’s degree programmes. At Wageningen, 12 of the 19 assessed degree programmes have earned much praise from students while at HAS University of Applied Sciences, seven of the 10 degree programmes stood out.
For a fairer comparison, the universities of applied sciences were divided into general, specialised and art universities of applied sciences. According to Elsevier, Avans University of Applied Sciences is the best general university of applied sciences. With five degree programmes with a good score, 21 with an average score and 11 negatively evaluated degree programmes (available in Dutch only), The Hague University of Applied Sciences came 11th. This is one place below the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, but above Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (12) and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (13). The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences for the Arts is the most valued among the four art universities of applied sciences. The overall winner, HAS, can be found in the category ‘specialised universities of applied sciences’.
The universities were divided into three types. Radboud University Nijmegen won the ‘general’ university group, while the TU Eindhoven scored the highest of the three technical universities. Wageningen University, the overall winner, is the best ‘specialised’ university.
On Thursday 29 September, the annual Elsevier Best Studies special will go in depth into issues such as the contact hours with lecturers, the success rates and the number of men and women in degree programmes.