UM students (very) satisfied with study programmes

2017 National Student Survey results


MAASTRICHT. Compared to students from institutes elsewhere in the country, Maastricht students are satisfied to very satisfied with their study programmes at Maastricht University. This is one of the outcomes of the National Student Survey (held in spring 2017), processed by the Centre for Higher Education Information (Centrum voor Hoger Onderwijs Informatie, CHOI).

The downward trend of the past few years has been turned into an upward curve, putting the UM back at the level of 2014. In particular the bachelor's programmes at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, European Studies, and Arts & Culture, have made a huge leap forward when it comes to student appreciation and do much better than they did the past four years. The Faculty of Humanity and Sciences (FHS) also stands out; it has the highest score of all UM faculties. Only the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences did less well than last year, but is still above the national average.

For the master's programmes, the overall picture is the same: UM students are satisfied above average. Here, the School of Business and Economics does really well after a dip in 2016, and FASoS is in the lift too, after two lean years. The same goes for FHS, which ended up below the line last year, but is now back on track with the national average.

Traditionally - according to CHOI - the content of the study programmes, the skills, preparation for careers, and the facilities received great marks from the students. When it comes to exams, however, the students from Psychology and Biomedical Sciences are very critical, whereas those from FASoS, Law, and FHS are full of praise.

Lecturers see some progress in the appreciation for their work and score at the national average, but the picture varies for the different faculties. Where FASoS (again) makes progress and FHS (University College) is the best in the Maastricht class, the rest is hanging around the average. An exception is the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, where students are very critical (not so much at Medicine, but mainly those from Biomedical Sciences and to a lesser extent Health Sciences).

As far as studyability is concerned, the UM has done slightly better than in 2016, but there is only one peak here: FHS. Or, as the CHOI report states: “At UCM, students feel that logistics and information facilities are excellently organised.”

The results of the National Student Survey also constitute the basis for the Keuzegids Universiteiten, which will be published in November.

Best Studies Elsevier 2017

Last week, Elsevier Weekblad published a list that is partly based on the results of the National Student Survey. The UM came third on this list of four specialist universities. Wageningen is in the lead by a clear margin (with a satisfaction score of 63.2 per cent), followed by Tilburg (19 per cent) and Maastricht (with minimal difference: 18.8 per cent). The best ‘broad university’ is Utrecht, with a satisfaction score of 15.6 per cent.

University College in Venlo and Maastricht do well and are number one and two of the broad bachelor's programmes in the Netherlands. UCM also has the best lecturers - together with University College Leiden - according to Elsevier.

UM students (very) satisfied with study programmes