The Keuzegids 2018, which was published last Wednesday, assessed eighteen Maastricht bachelor's programmes. The guide bases itself on the results of the National Student Survey, (Nationale Studentenenquête, NSE) and the views of experts. Seven UM study programmes (UC Venlo, Science Programme, Psychology, Fiscal Law, European Law School, Knowledge Engineering, and European Studies) take first places, seven (including the four bachelor’s at the School of Business and Economics and European Public Health) are in second place.
Knowledge Engineering, which is still in first place, is no longer way ahead of the rest. The grade, which was 8.2 last year, has dropped to 7.0. This means that Knowledge Engineering can no longer call itself a Top Programme. Students were less enthusiastic on almost all points, whether it concerned the quality of lecturers, studiability, or academic training.
The Maastricht Science Programme, on the other hand, received a higher grade than in the previous edition of the Keuzegids (up from 6.8 to 7.8). “Most of these multidisciplinary programmes have trouble providing sufficient coherence. Maastricht is the only one to achieve this. It manages to positively set itself above the rest with good academic preparation,” according to Keuzegids.
The two University Colleges (the very small one in Venlo that focuses on Nutrition and Health, and the large one in Maastricht) score extraordinarily well. The students in Venlo find everything about their study terrific (final score of 10.8 (!), good for first place in the category of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the best scoring bachelor's programme of the UM), but the students at UCM are full of praise too (9.6, good for a second place).
The completely renewed curriculum at Biomedical Sciences - starting in September 2016 – hasn't proved its worth yet. With 4.8, BMW achieved the lowest score in Maastricht. Just like last year, they ended up in sixth - and last - place, except that the grade was higher than (5.4). There are complaints about exams, the programme, studiability, and the lecturers. Keuzegids: “They do not give enough supervision and feedback.”
Since last year, Medicine has been moving up and has now taken second place (6.8). Only Utrecht does better. In this case, adaptations to the curriculum do seem to have been successful.
Dutch Law appears to have left the dip of the past two years almost behind them. With 5.8, they are again in third place (last year in seventh place with 5.0). The programme, the exams and the focus on practicals received praise, but students were less satisfied with their academic training and facilities. A striking fact is also the relatively high percentage of dropouts in first year. This also applies to Fiscal Law (taking first place with 7.2), and the European Law School (another first place, with 5.8).
According to the guide, Groningen and Nijmegen (6.3 and 6.25, respectively) are the best of the general universities; Wageningen is first among the eight smaller, more specialist universities (7.6). Maastricht (the youngest Dutch university that was wrongly mentioned as the oldest but two by Keuzegids) is in fourth place with 6.55.