MAASTRICHT. Keuzegids 2021 has been published, but it doesn’t contain much new information. The rankings are to a large extent comparable to those of last year, because the guide was based on the results of the National Student Survey from 2019. The survey was not held this spring because of COVID-19. The question is what all those figures tell now universities had to switch to online and later hybrid education.
What has been incorporated in the lists, are the latest study success rates (i.e. how quickly students graduate). What is also new, is the fact that the assessments by experts from quality controller NVAO are no longer included. This is because NVAO no longer marks study programmes as excellent, good or sufficient, but only says if a programme does or does not meet the requirements.
The guide itself warns those who are looking for a study programme – the primary target audience – that they shouldn’t regard the overall score of a programme “as an absolute truth, but rather as an extra aid to help them make a choice”.
All this means that Maastricht University, just like last year, takes fourth place on the list of so-called ‘other’ universities (alongside the general universities). And it may also still call itself the most international university, not only because of the six UM study programmes in the top ten of the bachelor’s programmes with the highest percentage of international students, but also because of the highest score when it comes to students satisfaction regarding lecturers’ English.
Read the article about the Keuzegids 2020 here (in Dutch)