Nieuws - 21 juni 2012

Students very satisfied with Wageningen

Of the major universities, Wageningen students are the most satisfied with their institution. They give it a 4.2 out of 5 in the National Student Survey 2012. Only four small, faith-based institutions and the Dutch Open University score higher.

The underlying data do not show any striking trends: the Wageningen scores edge up a bit or remain the same across the board. There is particular appreciation for the lecturers and degree content, which score about 4. Accommodation and career advice score worse at just over 3. International students are also relatively satisfied with the deal they get from the university. Wageningen UR has been vying with the Open University for the highest score in this area for three years now. Last year Wageningen won, but this year they were pipped at the post by the OU: 3.8 to 3.9.
Van Hall Larenstein ended somewhere in the middle of the universities of applied sciences. It has a score of 3.7 within a range of 3.4 to 4.4.
Students give the lowest scores for study schedules and involvement.  They are more satisfied with core aspects such as the teaching content and the lecturers.
The National Student Survey is paid for by the Ministry of Education. An email was sent to around 650 thousand students, a third of whom actually filled in the questionnaire.