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Like last year, HAS University of Applied Sciences is the 2nd best medium-sized university of applied sciences in the Netherlands when it comes to student satisfaction and quality of education according to the Keuzegids Hbo 2018.

hbo keuzegids logo 2nd best Univeristy of Applied Sciences - HAS Univeristy of Applied SciencesThis important annual ranking helps students choose the right course for them. HAS University of Applied Sciences achieved a total score of 73 points this year, scoring higher than last year, when we achieved a total score of 70.5 points.

Top study programmes

The study programmes that achieved a score higher than 75 points receive the quality seal of approval of ‘top study programme’. This applies to 4 of the 10 study programmes at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch, where Applied Biology came out on top. In Venlo, HAS offers 3 study programmes, all of which 3 received a score higher than 75 points.

Den Bosch

· Applied Biology: 84 points

· Food technology: 82 points

· Business Administration & Agri-foodbusiness: 80 points

· Geo Media & Design: 80 points


· Business Administration & Agri-foodbusiness / Business Management in Agriculture & Food: 78 points

· Applied Biology: 76 points

· Food Innovation: 76 points

Visit the website for more information about the HBO Keuzegids. (in Dutch)

Elsevier survey into 'Best Study programmes 2017'

Also, the Elsevier survey of 'Best Study programmes 2017' came out this week. HAS University of Applied Sciences falls under the category of ‘specialist universities of applied sciences’ for the purposes of this survey, and is once again 2nd, just behind the NHTV in Breda. The Elsevier ranking is based on one question from the Dutch National Students questionnaire: How satisfied are you with your study programme in general? Study programmes could receive a positive, average or a negative assessment. Of the 10 study programmes at the HAS University of Applied Sciences, 6 received a positive assessment and 4 received an average.

Working according to the unique HAS-concept

Dick Pouwels, chairman of the Board of Directors at HAS University of Applied Sciences, is pleased with the results of the surveys: “These results confirm that what the students, lecturers and professionals do together at the HAS is really special. We are a top university of applied sciences: not only in training young people, but also in working together with frontrunners from an important sector. This forms the basis of our unique HAS-concept where students can best develop: continuously working with companies on innovative practical solutions for the issues of today and tomorrow. Furthermore, as top university of applied sciences, we have defined a clear ambition when it comes to student appreciation. These scores again bring us one step forward, and we are thrilled about it.”

Number of students 2017-2018

A logical consequence is that the number of students at HAS University of Applied Sciences is also doing well. Like previous years, the influx of students has gone up: 1,226 new students compared to 1,156 students in 2016. In addition to being the most highly appreciated study programme in Den Bosch, it is also the most popular, with an intake of new students this year of 223, compared to 187 last year.