7 March 2018 • Zoë Soyer
‘National Student Survey: a good way to provide feedback’
Some students extol their degree programme while others would rather run home screaming. Both could contribute to improving their education. This is exactly what the National Student Survey (NSE), which is conducted among more than 750,000 students every year, is all about. Marloes Weerd, a European Studies student: ‘I think it’s a good way to give my degree programme indirect feedback.’
H|Nieuws asked four students for their thoughts about THUAS and their degree programme. These students stressed the importance of the NSE and provided THUAS with a generally good evaluation. Christy van Asten, a Facility Management student, lauded the expertise of her lecturers: ‘My lecturers come across as knowledgeable, are available to provide help if I need it, and are also very interested in explaining anything that is unclear or in giving us more information.’
Nea Viljanen, a Finnish student in International Business & Management, had nothing but high praise for the school’s facilities. Viljanen: ‘I may not need that much, but what I need is available: having the physical space to study on my own, the computer facilities and literature in digital form really helps me get things done.’
Besides the praise, there’s also critique; students still see room for improvement. They think something like being prepared for their career (this subject received a 3.6 out of 5 in 2017) isn’t up to par. Marloes Weerd: ‘The subjects being offered serve as a great foundation but the material isn’t being addressed in enough depth to provide the essential information we need for the future.’ Van Asten agreed with this: ‘There’s too much emphasis on the theoretical aspects. I’d like to be getting a lot more practical experience. After all, this teaches you what you’re going to be doing in your profession.’
A good foundation
Meggy de Jong, a Communications student, agreed with her predecessors. ‘We’re getting a good foundation for our profession in communications. But what we’re not getting are certain important skills that are crucial these days for finding a job – things like producing visual means of communication.’ These students hope that The Hague University of Applied Sciences will improve the quality of its education by applying the feedback they provided here as well as the responses they gave in the NSE.
Students still have until 11 March 2018 to participate in the National Student Survey by using a unique link that was sent to their student e-mail address. Anyone who has lost their access to the link can request a new one. A total of 73 universities and universities of applied sciences are taking part in the NSE. In it, students are asked about their satisfaction with the content of their degree programme, the skills they are acquiring, and their preparation for the job market. You can also evaluate various aspects ranging from examinations to lecturers and from study loads to information services.