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Elsevier ranking: IB and UCM do well

Elsevier ranking: IB and UCM do well

Photographer:Fotograaf: Philip Driessen

First places for the bachelor's programmes of International Business, Econometrics and Medicine, second places for University College Maastricht and Economics, and third places for International Law and European Law. Biomedical Sciences and Law ended up at the bottom.

These were the students’ judgements on some of the Maastricht studies in the Dutch weekly magazine Elsevier. Elsevier's surveys try to identify the best studies in the Netherlands every year. Students were asked about facilities, study set-up, education, lecturers, examination, organisation and communication. Professors pass their judgements based on the level of the bachelor’s programme, the master’s programme, colleagues and publications.

Remarkably, the final mark received by UCM (7.5) is higher than the marks obtained by the Maastricht studies that ended up in first places, IB and Medicine reaching 7.2, Econometrics 7.3. The Maastricht College scores high on almost all fronts: study options within the programme, facilities (computers, seating, practicals), lecturers, examination or programme organisation. The difference with its eternal rival and leader Utrecht is not that great (7.7).

Professors are less positive about UM study programmes than the students. They put IB in second place, Econometrics had to make do with third place and Medicine ended up fourth. When it comes to Health Sciences, however, the professors are full of praise (putting it in first place), whereas students gave their study a 6.9, thus qualifying for fourth place.

The ranking for the master’s programmes was not yet available at the time of Observant going to press.


Riki Janssen

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