Guide: TU/e best university of technology in the Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has been named for the fourth year in a row as the best university of technology in the Netherlands for Master’s programs. In addition, seven of the 21 Master’s offered in Eindhoven were rated as ‘top programs’. The overall list of 15 universities published by the Keuzegids Masters (Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program) puts Eindhoven in fourth place, after Wageningen University and the specialized universities Nyenrode and the Open University.

The best Master’s programs in their categories at TU/e are Innovation Sciences, Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Overall, TU/e scores slightly higher than last year, rising by half a point to 64.5. Wageningen takes first place for universities in all categories with 67.5 points.

TU/e Rector Magnificus Hans van Duijn is pleased that Eindhoven has again been able to hold onto its leading position. “It’s good to see that as well as the Bachelor’s programs, our Master’s are also highly rated. This result underlines our ambition to provide education at top level and to produce excellently trained engineers who can contribute to meeting today’s societal challenges.”

The Keuzegids (Guide to Choosing Higher Education) series are independent publications that describe and assess all recognized programs in the Netherlands. The guides are published annually in five editions, from MBO (intermediate vocational education) right up to Master’s level. Of the scores awarded in the assessment of Master’s programs, 70 percent are based on the opinions of students and 30 percent on the ratings by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders), the national assessment body for higher education.

This leads to an overall rating of each program in a single, total score of between 20 and 100 points. A number of criteria are taken into account in the scoring process. The educational program (including examinations) must be of a sufficiently high level and coherence, and students must have sufficient, well organized contact hours with their lecturers. In addition, enough attention must be given to the teaching of scientific skills and principles, and to application-oriented knowledge and the related competences. Educational programs also need to follow clear rules, to treat students as individuals and to offer the right facilities – from teaching rooms to digital learning environments.

Like the other four guides to choosing educational programs at MBO (intermediate vocational education), HBO (higher vocational education) and university levels, the Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program is published by the Center for Higher Education Information in Leiden.

Source: TU/e Press Team

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