NHL Stenden strengthens its position with the third place of best universities of applied sciences

NHL Stenden strengthens its position with the third place of best universities of applied sciences

Wednesday 30 October 2019

In the ‘Keuzegids Hbo 2020’, the national selection guide for universities of applied sciences, NHL Stenden Hogeschool has gained the 3rd place of 'best large universities of applied sciences'. Last year, the youngest university of applied sciences in the Netherlands already achieved a shared third place in the ranking and this year NHL Stenden is strengthening its position with an independent 3rd place. In addition, 19 of the university's programmes have been awarded the 'Top Opleiding' quality label. This is a doubling compared to last year. The quality of the associate degrees (Ad’s) offered by NHL Stenden in the field of tourism is also highlighted in the Selection Guide.


Erica Schaper, Chairman of the Executive Board: "With the merger in 2018 we made a clear promise: to join forces in order to deliver top-quality education. This great achievement shows that we are already well on our way and is promising for the future of NHL Stenden. It is also a great compliment to our employees and partners, who are committed to educating top talent on a daily basis."

Doubling top programmes

Each year, the Keuzegids awards the best programmes of each category the quality label of Top Programmes. Last year, the university counted 9 Top Programmes. In the Keuzegids Hbo 2020, 19 NHL Stenden study programmes have been designated as top programmes, which is a doubling compared to last year. Also, the Maritime Officer course at the Willem Barentsz Maritime Institute has been labeled a Top Programme for the 7th time. In Emmen, the study programmes Chemistry, and Primary Education Teacher Programmes (PABO) both receive the quality label for the 4th and 3rd time respectively.

Schaper: "These are all examples of studies that educate people to professions that are very relevant in their regions. The combination of our quality of education and our unique research profile provides us with the opportunity to make a world-class impact in the regions in which we operate. We welcome all talented students who like this profile."

More focus on development Ad's

The addition of the associate degrees (Ad’s) is new in this year’s Keuzegids Hbo 2020. This type of two-year, practice- and profession-oriented higher education is increasingly called for by the professional field. NHL Stenden is responding to this development by offering new Ad’s and further developing the existing Ad's. This year, the Ad's Hotel Management and Commercial Economics, both of which are offered in Emmen, will be awarded the Top Programme quality label. According to the Keuzegids Hbo 2020, NHL Stenden distinguishes itself with the Ad's especially within the field of tourism, mentioning Hotel Management AD.