Keuzegids 2017: Maastricht in fourth place
MAASTRICHT. According to Keuzegids 2017, Maastricht University has two really top bachelor’s programmes: University College Maastricht and Knowledge Engineering. Study programmes that have been doing well for years.
Keuzegids 2017, which was published last Tuesday, assessed a total of sixteen Maastricht bachelor’s programmes. The guide bases itself on the results of the National Student Survey, (Nationale Studentenenquête, NSE) and the views of experts. Just like in previous years, UCM received the highest grade of all UM programmes: 8.8. Nevertheless, the praise for this broad bachelor’s programme is slightly less than the past two years. In 2015, the grade was one point higher (9.8), and last year the College scored 9.4. The first place held in those years, Maastricht now has to relinquish to UC in The Hague (9,0).
Knowledge Engineering, on the other hand, which shares the qualification of ‘Top Programme 2017’ with UCM, have risen even higher. With 7.8 in first place last year, they now score 8.2. Or as the guide states: “Just like in previous years, it is the Maastricht study programme that is a cut above the rest. The highest appreciation comes from the students, who are full of praise about the content of the programme, skills training and the facilities, but also very satisfied with the other aspects.” Just like last year, the Maastricht Science Programme is doing well and takes first place (6.8) in the category Broad Science Programmes; it also received a "big compliment for its skills training".
The lowest score in Maastricht was for Dutch Law (5.0), a programme that held a shared third place two years ago (6.2), but plummeted to ninth place last year (with 5.2), but now - despite the lower grade - has still risen to seventh place. Apparently the competition is not doing very well either. In Maastricht dropout figures in first year are higher than average and students complain more than their fellow students in the rest of the country about the number of contact hours, academic education, study burden, supply of information, facilities, and information about timetables, study progress, rules and procedures. The bachelor’s programmes of Fiscal Law (a first place with 6.2) and European Law School (a second place with 5.8) did better, but with demerits for ‘first-year survival’ and the number of contact hours.
Psychology is at the top of the list with 6.6 for the second year in a row, only the Open University has done better. The only demerit, according to the students, is the number of contact hours. “The experts had special compliments for Maastricht and a few other programmes elsewhere in the country. They feel that the education system is of a high standard and are impressed by the level of the graduates,” says the Keuzegids.
Medicine is climbing out of the abyss. For the past two years, Medicine came no further than 6.4 (a shared fifth place), now they are in (shared) third place with 6.8. Adaptations in the curriculum appear to be paying off. The third place on the Keuzegids list is considerably higher than the sixth place reached on the Elsevier list a few weeks ago. The latter is also based on the NSE. The low ranking in that case was met with surprise by director of the FHML educational institute, Mirjam Oude Egbrink: ”We score better than Elsevier claims.” She has now been proven right.
The completely renewed curriculum van Biomedical Sciences only started in September 2016 and is not reflected in the figures. BMW is in sixth and last place (5.4). There is room for improvement in particular where the study programme, the lecturers and the supply of information are concerned, say the students. De bachelor of European Public Health, also FHML, does well with 7.0 and a first place.
European Studies is also in first place, with 5.6. Arts and Social Sciences is in fifth place with 5.4. Students are critical about the number of contact hours, the study burden and the supply of information. The four assessed bachelor’s programmes of the School of Business and Economics were good for two second places - International Business (6.8) and Fiscal Economics (6.0) -, a fourth place for Economics and Business Economics (6.8) and a third place for Econometrics (6.4).
Groningen and Nijmegen (both 6.2) are the best of the general universities, Wageningen is the best of the eight smaller, more specialist universities (7.45), while Maastricht is in fourth place with 6.3.
Read here about students from the University Colleges who criticize Keuzegids