Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program 2015: TU/e best university of technology in the Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has been named for the fifth year in a row as the best university of technology in the Netherlands for Master’s programs. This is the outcome of the annual Keuzegids Masters (Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program) published by the C.H.O.I. (Center for Higher Education Information). This list of full-time Master’s programs shows Eindhoven in second place out of the best institutes, behind Wageningen University (WUR). The overall universities ranking (including the small part-time universities) shows TU/e in 5th place with a score of 64.5, after the Open University (71.5), TIAS Business School (70), WUR (67.5) and Nyenrode (67).

The figures for the survey of Master’s programs are 70 percent based on the ratings by students and 30 percent on those by the NVAO (Accreditation Organization for the Netherlands and Flanders). TU/e has maintained its score relative to 2014 (64.5).

Top programs

Of the 21 Master’s programs offered in Eindhoven, five are rated as ‘top programs’ which means they are among the best in the Netherlands. These are Innovation Sciences (80), Chemical Engineering (78), Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Medical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (all with 76).

TU/e Rector Magnificus Hans van Duijn is pleased that Eindhoven has again been able to hold onto its leading position among the universities of technology. “It’s a big compliment for all our employees. Everyone has worked tremendously hard for this result.” But it’s important to keep make sure the quality of both education and research is maintained. “We aim for excellence. That means we’re constantly critical of our own performance.”

Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program

The Keuzegids (Guide to Choosing Higher Education) series are independent publications that describe and assess all recognized programs in the Netherlands. The guides are published annually in five editions, from MBO (intermediate vocational education) right up to Master’s level. The scores awarded in the assessment are a summary in one total score of between 20 to 100 points, and take into account a range of criteria. The educational program (including examinations) must be of a sufficiently high level and coherence, and students must have sufficient, well organized contact hours with their lecturers. In addition, enough attention must be given to the teaching of scientific skills and principles, and to application-oriented knowledge and the related competences. Educational programs also need to follow clear rules, to treat students as individuals and to offer the right facilities – from teaching rooms to digital learning.

Like the other four guides to choosing education at MBO (intermediate vocational education), HBO (higher vocational education) and university levels, the Guide to Choosing a Master’s Program is published by the C.H.O.I. (Center for Higher Education Information) in Leiden. The publisher and editors are completely independent, and play an active role in making available nationwide comparative information about educational programs. The intensive in-house and critical quality comparisons make these guides unique in the Netherlands.

For more information, please see: www.keuzegids.org/masters (website is in Dutch)

To find out more about the Master’s programs at TU/e, visit the TU/e Masters Event on 20 April. See www.tue.nl/mastersevent for more information.