Avans also tops Elsevier magazine's league tables

Elsevier has named Avans University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands' best university of applied sciences with a wide offering of programmes. This Dutch weekly published its 'Beste studies 2017' (Best study programmes 2017) survey today. Avans also topped the list last year.

The Elsevier survey is based on the Dutch National Student Survey (NSS), which measures a number of areas including students' satisfaction with their study programme and its lecturers. Keuzegids Hbo 2018, published earlier this week, also crowned Avans top large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Keuzegids Hbo is one of the country's leading higher education guides.

Best study programmes and Best lecturers of 2017

As part of the ‘Beste studies 2017’ survey, 2,126 study programmes in the Netherlands were assessed, allowing prospective students to compare programmes in different institutions. 2017 marks the first time Elsevier has published which study programmes have the best lecturers. Lecturers were judged on their competence, dedication, availability and level of support.

Outstanding results

2 of the nation's programmes with the best lecturers are the Information Technology and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering bachelor's programmes offered by Avans in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The Bachelor of Information Technology is the number 1 of all the large-scale higher professional education bachelor’s degree programmes. The Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is runner-up in the Medium-sized bachelor's degree programmes category.

The Chemistry, Communication & Multimedia Design, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering & Management and Mechanical Engineering bachelor's programmes in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and the Bachelor of Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology in Breda were all named Best Study Programme.

Dutch National Student Survey

The ranking is compiled by Elsevier magazine and the ResearchNed research institute. The NSS outcomes provide the basis for it. Almost 280,000 students in the Netherlands completed this survey earlier this year. They shared their views on their study programme's facilities, education, assessment methods, organisation, communication and quality of the lecturers. The NSS is carried out by Studiekeuze123, a government-funded initiative helping prospective students to find the most suitable study programme.

Elsevier has published the ‘Beste Studies’ results in Dutch on its website.