Dutch higher Education System


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The Dutch higher education system

The Netherlands is a leading knowledge economy with a strong international position and a world-class reputation. The Dutch are well-educated and enjoy a good quality of life in a safe and secure environment. The Netherlands is known for the quality of its higher education, which delivers a highly educated workforce to industry. It is a great collaboration partner for knowledge institutions and provides an interactive and challenging learning environment to students. The two-tier system offers a broad spectrum of study programmes and a continuum of high-quality research, ranging from fundamental research to applied research and science. The Netherlands places a strong emphasis on transparent quality assurance, both for higher education and for research. The system offers great opportunities for collaboration between research universities and universities of applied science, bringing out the best of both. The degrees offered provide the knowledge and skills needed for lifelong learning.

Research universities

  • Mission: academic education, research and knowledge valorisation (assuring impact of knowledge in society). Education and research are closely interwoven
  • All research universities offer outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programmes at bachelor, master and PhD levels.
  • All Dutch research universities have a position in the major worldwide rankings, placing them among the top 2% in the world.
  • Large number of publications with high impact (citations).

Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Mission: higher professional education and applied research with a clear orientation towards professional practice.
  • Universities of Applied Sciences offer high-quality bachelor and master degree programmes.
  • Every study programme is based on a professional profile, established in close collaboration with employers in the respective fields.
  • Research at Universities of Applied Sciences has a high societal impact, is demand-driven and undertaken in cooperation with a variety of stakeholders: SMEs, business and the public sector.
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Positive ratings & top programme Masters

Master stduents

14-03-2018 • The Master's programmes Management of Development and Agricultural Production Chain Management of Van Hall Larenstein were positively rated in the new Master's programme information guide Keuzegids Masters 2018.   read more

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John Dofrian reviews flowery visit

John Dofrian at International Trade Fair Aalsmeer

Students of the Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management and Bachelor students went on a trip to Aalsmeer and Vijfhuizen to visit the International Trade Fair, which was organised in November 2016 by Flora Holland.  read more

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