Best University Of Applied Sciences In Netherlands

Last Updated on December 15, 2022 by Omoyeni Adeniyi

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Universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands are generally not included in worldwide university rankings. Therefore, Dutch organisations have created their own standards for ranking these types of institutions. There are currently three national rankings that include universities of applied sciences.The Keuzegids HBO, the Elsevier Magazine and Nationale Studenten Enquete (NSE), are all published on a yearly basis to help students select the right programme and school for them.

Hanze UAS, GroningenThe Keuzegids HBO Rankings

The Keuzegids is the independent guide, published yearly by the Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie (Higher Education Information Centre). One of the five published reports (HBO), critically assesses and compares the quality of study programmes of vocational universities in the Netherlands.

Results take into account the perspectives of both students and the universities themselves. Rankings are generally based on data about the programme’s success rates, expert opinions from the accreditation of programmes, and student feedback derived from the NSE results.

Dutch universities of applied sciences in the Keuzegids HBO 2018 ranking

Large-sized universitiesCityNumber of programmesTotal scorePosition
Avans UASBrabant (3x)6369.01
Windesheim UASZwolle, Flevoland6667.52
Hanze UASGroningen5064.03
Saxion UASEnschede, Deventer, Apeldoorn5660.54
HAN UASArnhem, Nijmegen7160.05
Fontys UASBrabant, Limburg (6x)10459.56
The Hague UASThe Hague3956.07
Rotterdam UASRotterdam6653.08
HU UtrechtUtrecht, Amersfoort6353.08
Inholland UASN-/Z- Holland (7 locations)8353.08
Amsterdam UASAmsterdam5552.511
Medium-sized universitiesCityNumber of programmesTotal scorePosition
HASDen Bosch (Environment)1373.02
HZ UASVlissingen2269.03
NHTV Breda UASBreda966.04
Zuyd UASZuid-Limburg (3 x)3361.06
Stenden UASLeeuwarden, Emmen2460.07
Leiden UASLeiden2259.08
HKUUtrecht (Arts)956.09
Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) Leeuwarden, Velp  16 51,5 10
Small-sized universitiesCityNumber of programmesTotal scorePosition
IVA (part.)Driebergen (Logistic)295.51
Notemboom (part.)3 loc. (Hospitallity, Business)491.52
KempelHelmond (Education)1853
Wittenborg UASApeldoorn, Amsterdam (Business)283.54
NOVI (part.)Utrecht (ICT, Business)382.55
TMO (part.)Zeist (Management)1826
TIO UAS5 locations (Hospitality, Business)1780.57
IselingeDoetinchem (Education)1798
ViaaZwolle (Education, Care)477.59
KPZZwolle (Education)177.010
HTH UASThe Hague, Amsterdam271.511
Design AcademyEindhoven171.511
DriestarGouda (Education)869.013
MarnixUtrecht (Education)169.014
AHKAmsterdam (Arts)968.015
THIMNieuwegein (Physiotherapy)168.016
ArtezArnhem, Enschede, Zwolle (Arts)1864.017
AeresDronten, Wageningen762.018
Thomas More UASRotterdam (Education)157.019
CodartsRotterdam (Arts)556.520
IpaboAlkmaar, Amsterdam (Education)254.521
NTI UAS (part.)part time / distant learning1147.523

Elsevier Magazine survey

NHTV Breda UASElsevier Magazine, a Dutch weekly magazine, publishes a yearly ranking of the best higher education studies. “De Beste Studies” report ranks schools based on student satisfaction and surveys of teaching staff. Student opinions are calculated using the results of the NSE, while teaching staff is given a survey specially commissioned by Elsevier with results collected from that. Additional information is taken from the database and edited.

Elsevier report, where Dutch taught degree programmes were assesses, is composed for national students and represents mostly general reputation of vocational universities for English-speaking students, therefore Eurogates limits their stats only with ranking positions of these institutions.

Dutch universities of applied sciences in the 2016 Elsevier Rankings:

1Avans UASHAS UASAmsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten 
2Leiden UASNHTV Breda UAS ArtEZ
3Windesheim UASEde UASHogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
4Hanze UAS, GroningenViaaCodarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
6Saxion UASVan Hall Larenstein UAS  
7Stenden UAS  
8Zuyd UAS  
9Fontys UAS  
10Amsterdam UAS   
11The Hague UAS  
12HU UAS  
13Rotterdam UAS  
15HZ UAS  
16Inholland UAS   

Zuyd UAS students

Nationale Studenten Enquete

The Nationale Studenten Enquete (NSE), known as the National Student Survey in English, is a yearly survey sent out to students following a programme in higher education.

The Studychoice123 Foundation (in Dutch Studiekeuze123), an initiative of higher education organisations, is responsible for the NSE and collaborates with the Ministry of Education.

Studychoice123 asks all higher education institutions to participate in the National Student Survey every year. Questions pertain to the quality of the professors, the study, the skills and training acquired, testing and assessment, and other relevant information. 

Rankings of the universities of applied sciences in Holland

Keuzegids HBO


Keuzegids is an independent league table designed to help students make the best choice about where to study. It compares and evaluates the quality of all ‘hbo’ degree programs in the Netherlands. Keuzegids HBO 2020 contains a description and critical evaluation of about 1200 bachelor’s programs. The main criteria for evaluation are program’s success rates, expert opinions from the accreditation of programs, and student opinions, employment rate after graduation, facilities, communication between lectors and students.

The best big Univerversities of Applied Sciences:

UniversityLocationQuantity of programsOverall score
Avans UASBreda5669.5
Windesheim UASZwolle, Flevoland5966
NHL StendenLeeuwarden, Emmen6863.5
HanzeNoord- Nederland4662
Fontys UASBrabant, Limburg regions10161.5
Saxion UASEnschede, Deventer, Apeldoorn5559.5
HANArnhem, Nijmegen 6359
Inholland UASN.Z Holland6855
HUUtrecht, Amersfoort5653.5
HVAAmsterdam 4953.5

The best middle- big Universities of Applied Sciences: 

UniversityLocationQuantity of programsOverall score
 CHE Ede 9 74
 HZ Vlissingen 2166.5
 HAS Den Bosch 13 66
 BREDA UAS Breda 9 63
 Zuyd Zuid- Limburg  33 61
 Aeres Dronten, Wageningen 8 60.5
 Leiden UAS Leiden 20 57.5
 HKU Utrecht 9 55.5
 HVHL Leeuwarden, Velp 16 53.5

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