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Elsevier’s ‘Best Studies’ survey, which was officially published on Thursday 29 September, has named HAS University of Applied Sciences as best University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Out of 10 HAS University of Applied Sciences study programmes that were assessed, 7 were awarded an above-average rating by their own students. The remaining 3 received an average rating. Elsevier and research institute ResearchNed conducted the survey for the 22nd time this year.

Top University of Applied Sciences

Dick Pouwels, chairman of the Board of Directors of HAS University of Applied Sciences, is pleased with the outcome of the survey: “This outcome is a confirmation that something special is happening when students, teachers and business professionals work together at HAS University of Applied Sciences. We are a top University of Applied Sciences: not only when it comes to educating young people, but also in collaborating with pioneers from a sector that matters.”

Working according to the unique HAS concept

He continues: “This forms the basis of our unique HAS concept that allows students to develop best: continuously working together with business on innovative, practical solutions for the issues of today and tomorrow. In addition, we are a University of Applied Sciences with a personal touch, and it is clear that students appreciate this.”

‘Specialist Universities of Applied Sciences’ category

The Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities in the survey were categorised according to the breadth of the study programmes offered and their specialisations. HAS University of Applied Sciences falls into the ‘Specialist Universities of Applied Sciences’ category. Of the all-round Universities of Applied Sciences, Avans University of Applied Sciences achieved the highest rating. Results from the National Student Survey, conducted by Studiekeuze123, form the basis of ‘Best Studies’.

About the survey

On Thursday 29 September, Elsevier published detailed ratings by students of over 2,100 study programmes, both Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, on In addition, useful background information can be found on each study programme, such as contact hours with teachers, study performance and student population (also indicating which study programmes have predominantly male or female students). You can find more about the survey on