NHL Stenden also in top 3 of ‘Best Studies’ in Elsevier Magazine

Thursday 03 October 2019

NHL Stenden Hogeschool is doing very well in Elsevier's ranking for best studies. This year, our university of applied sciences has won 10 medals with its full-time courses on its campuses in the Northern Netherlands. NHL Stenden is in the national top 3, just like it is in the Keuzegids selection guide for higher education and the 2019 Keuzegids Masters selection guide.


Erica Schaper, Chairperson of the Executive Board: "We are extremely proud of this positive appreciation. This result shows that all of our campuses deliver quality which our students appreciate. In Emmen, for example, we offer four courses that have been rewarded with medals by Elsevier. This is not an isolated case, because nationally, the northern region is doing extremely well with its top three of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Windesheim and NHL Stenden."

10 medals for NHL Stenden

The ranking is presented as a medal table. The medal table shows the number of awarded medals per institution: a gold medal for three years above average, silver for two years and bronze for one year of above average student satisfaction. NHL Stenden was awarded a total of 10 medals resulting in an overall 3rd place:

Gold medal
Chemistry (Emmen)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Leeuwarden)
Teacher Education in Geography (Leeuwarden)
Teacher Education in French (Leeuwarden)
Teacher Education in Primary Schools (Emmen)
Maritime Officer (Terschelling)

Silver medal
Biology and Medical Laboratory Research (Emmen)
Finance & Control (Emmen)
Ocean Technology (Terschelling)

Bronze medal
Public Administration (Leeuwarden)


In previous years Elsevier Magazine used data from the National Student Survey (NSS), but these data are not available from NSS 2019. This year’s ranking is based on a trend analysis of multiple years. A medal is awarded when a programme has a student satisfaction score above average during the past three years and has a high number of satisfied students within its sector.