Avans University of Applied Sciences ranked top large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands for fifth consecutive time

Students have ranked Avans University of Applied Sciences the number 1 large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands for the fifth consecutive time. This was announced by the Keuzegids Hbo 2019 guide published today.

“Even as a large-scale educational institution, Avans knows how to reap the benefits of a small-scale learning model”, Keuzegids states. Students are particularly satisfied with the atmosphere at Avans and the commitment of its lecturers.

Keuzegids Hbo is one of the leading higher education guides in the Netherlands. Published annually, its aim is to help secondary school pupils choose the right study programme.

The Keuzegids Hbo rankings are based on the results of the Dutch National Student Survey, study success rates (from the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and the assessments from the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders NVAO.

“Avans makes small-scale work at a large scale”

According to the Keuzegids Avans has its small-scale teaching contexts to thank for this accolade: “Although Avans has more than 30,000 students, they very rarely feel anonymous. The university comprises more than twenty schools, all enjoying a large degree of autonomy. This enables Avans to reap the benefits of a small-scale teaching model while operating at a large scale.”

“Proud of our community”

Paul Rüpp, President of the Executive Board, is proud: “This result is a tremendous compliment to our lecturers and all other members of staff for their daily commitment and dedication to our students. They make sure our students feel heard and understood.

Although we have been in the top 3 for 10 years, this doesn’t mean we feel we can sit back and be complacent. We train students to enter brand-new professions, help shape tomorrow’s education together and prepare to welcome a new generation of students.”

Number 1 rankings

33 of the 57 study programmes Avans offers have been ranked in the top 3 of their respective categories. 10 of these programmes are in first place, 14 study programmes are in second place. 9 occupy third place in their category rankings. 26 study programmes in total have moved up 1 or more places.

Keuzegids Hbo guide

The Keuzegids Hbo is an independent guide published by the Dutch centre for information on higher education C.H.O.I. More information on each study programme and on the method used to compile the ranking can be found on keuzegids.nl. This information is only available in Dutch.