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Maastricht students slightly less positive about their studies

National Student Survey

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht students are a little less positive about their study programmes than last years. This is one of the outcomes of the Dutch National Student Survey, held at the beginning of this year. Despite the drop, the UM still scores above the national average.

Approximately 45 per cent of UM students completed the survey. Where in 2017 most Maastricht programmes and the UM as a whole were on the way up, there has now been a slight relapse, according to the Centre for Higher Education Information (Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie, CHOI), which analysed the results of the survey. In the case of the bachelor’s programmes (of which seventeen were investigated), the drop manifested itself across the university. The criticism concentrated in particular on testing and academic education. On the other hand, there was praise for skills training, the facilities, and the preparation for the labour market. A remarkable thing was the decline of the law faculty, although the faculty still remains above the national average. The law students complained about the number of study spaces, supervision, lecturers and feasibility of the study load. Psychology and Neurosciences, after a few good years, have now dropped below the 2014 level. The main reason appears to be their testing.

The students' assessment of the master's programmes (a total of 22) is less favourable than last year, but the picture here varies. Unlike the bachelor's programmes, Law as well as Psychology and Neurosciences have done better than in 2017. The law faculty receives much praise for academic education, while Psychology gets acclaim for its lecturers, supervision and facilities. The Faculty of Science and Engineering, which is doing very well among the bachelor's programmes, partly because of the University Colleges (Maastricht, Venlo and the Science Program), is not doing so well with the master's and has ended up below the national average. Assessment of the FSE master’s programmes (such as Artificial Intelligence, Biobased Materials, Biomedical Sciences) fluctuates strongly: in 2016 they were far below the national average, in 2017 they were way above, and now they have dropped below it again. This year the views on testing, lecturers, academic education and facilities have been less positive. Preparation for the labour market, on the other hand, was good.

The Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences is now just below the national average with its master’s programmes, and compared to sister institutes elsewhere in the country, it does less well when it comes to content, testing, lecturers, academic education, supervision, and feasibility of the study load.

The results of the NSE partly form the basis for the Keuzegids Masters and Keuzegids Bachelors. The latter will be published by mid-November.

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