Hanze UAS wins top spot with 9 gold medals

Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen is leading the new ranking of the Elsevier (Elsevier Beste Studies 2019). No fewer than nine gold medals mean that Hanze UAS tops the comprehensive universities of applied sciences category.

Elsevier magazine and ResearchNed research agency present an annual overview of the best Dutch degree programmes according to students. This overview is based on the National Student Survey (Nationale Studenten Enquête, NSE), which has students evaluate their own degree programmes.

Different method
This year's ranking used a different method from before, as no new NSE data became available for universities of applied sciences in 2019. Instead, a trend analysis of the 2014–2018 period highlighted the multi-year performance of degree programmes. Medals were awarded to degree programmes which had above-average student satisfaction in the last three years and which had been among the degree programmes within their own discipline with the highest student satisfaction for at least one year.

Nine gold medals
Degree programmes received a gold medal when at the top for three years, a silver medal for two years and a bronze medal for one year. Only the number of gold medals counted towards the ranking. The following degree programmes at Hanze UAS won a gold medal:

  • Bio-informatics
  • Dance – Amsterdam
  • Dance – Groningen
  • Lecturer Dance – Amsterdam
  • Lecturer Dance – Groningen
  • Electrical Engineering – Assen
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Silver medals were awarded to the following degree programmes: Biology and Medical Laboratory Research, Chemical Engineering, Human Resource Management, and Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. Degree programmes with bronze medals included Chemistry, Fine Art and Design in Education, Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, Entrepreneurship and Retail Management.

Northern top scores
Elsevier distinguishes comprehensive universities of applied sciences, specialised universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences for the arts. Hanze UAS finished first in the comprehensive universities of applied sciences category, second is Windesheim, third is NHL/Stenden. The best comprehensive research university on the list was the University of Groningen. In other words, the northern higher education institutions received the top scores in this 'review' by Elsevier Best Degree Programmes.

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