List of universities in the Netherlands

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A listing of universities in the Netherlands:

Research universities[edit]

Research universities in the Netherlands are institutions of tertiary education that in Dutch are called universiteit. Their focus is towards academic education and scientific research. They are accredited to confer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Prior to the Bologna Process, the universities granted drs. (doctorandus), mr. (for law studies) and ir. (for engineering studies) degrees, which are equal to current MBA, MA, LLM or MSc degrees. The term universiteit is reserved to doctorate granting institutes in the Dutch context, and the additional qualifier "research" is hardly ever used in practice.

Nameest.CityOrganisationTypeNumber of staffNumber of students
Government Supported Universities (by type)
University of Amsterdam[1]1632AmsterdamPublicUniversity4,06232,739
Academic Medical CenterAmsterdam
Amsterdam University CollegeAmsterdam
VU University Amsterdam1880AmsterdamSpecial: ChristianUniversity2,20018,000
VU University Medical CenterAmsterdam
Amsterdam University CollegeAmsterdam
University of Groningen1614GroningenPublicUniversity5,00026,500
University Medical Center Groningen1797Groningen
Leiden University1575LeidenPublicUniversity3,97319,328
Leiden University Medical CenterLeiden
Maastricht University1976MaastrichtPublicUniversity3,00011,463
Academic Hospital Maastricht1974Maastricht
University College Maastricht2002Maastricht
Radboud University Nijmegen1923NijmegenSpecial: CatholicUniversity4,309*17,650*
University Medical Center St RadboudNijmegen
Erasmus University Rotterdam1913RotterdamPublicUniversity3,70020,666
Erasmus MCRotterdam
Tilburg University1927TilburgSpecial: CatholicUniversity1,062*11,399*
University College Tilburg2008Tilburg
TiasNimbas Business School1982Tilburg
Utrecht University1636UtrechtPublicUniversity8,22426,787
University Medical Center Utrecht1999Utrecht
University College Utrecht1998Utrecht
Roosevelt Academy2004Middelburg
Delft University of Technology1842DelftPublicUniversity of Technology2,633‡13,383‡
Eindhoven University of Technology1956EindhovenPublicUniversity of Technology2,2007100
University of Twente1961EnschedePublicUniversity of Technology and Social Sciences3,0008,500
Wageningen University and Research Centre2000Wageningen6,500##
Wageningen University1918WageningenPublicUniversity for life sciences8,500
Agricultural Research Institutesthroughout the NetherlandsResearch Institute
Open University1984Nationwide; HQ in HeerlenPublicUniversity for distant learning701*16,802*[2]
University of Curaçao1979CuraçaoPublicUniversity of the Nation of NA
Privately Funded Universities (accredited as Universiteit by Dutch law) (by type)
Nyenrode Business Universiteit1946BreukelenPrivateUniversity for Business Studies
Kampen Theological University1854KampenPrivateUniversity for Protestant Theology
Kampen Theological University of the Reformed Churches (Liberated)1944KampenPrivateUniversity for Protestant Theology
Apeldoorn Theological University of the Christian Reformed Churches1894ApeldoornPrivateUniversity for Protestant Theology
University of Humanistic Studies1989UtrechtPrivateUniversity of Humanistic Studies
Universities that no longer exist
Catholic University of Utrecht1991–2007UtrechtPrivate: merged into University of TilburgUniversity for Catholic Theology
University of Harderwijk1648–1811Harderwijkdisbanded by Napoleon
University of Franeker1585–1811Franekerdisbanded by Napoleon
University of Nijmegen1655–±1680Nijmegenclosed in the aftermath of the 1672 rampjaar
University of Theology and Pastorate1966-1999[3]HeerlenPrivate: merged into University of Nijmegen in 1993, Heerlen location closed 1999University for Catholic Mr. P Theology

† 2003-2004; ‡ 2004-2005; # 2005-2006; * 2006-2007; ##including research staff at the associated institutes. All figures without signs are estimates or from undated sources; †† Degrees of these non-accredited "universities" have no legal status anywhere. According to Dutch law, it is illegal to use protected titles which can only be given by universities that are accredited. Protected titles are ing. bc. mr. ir. drs. and dr.[4] English variants (MSc BSc MA BA LLB LLM BEng PhD) are not (yet)[5] protected by Dutch law[6] (but using the title "dr." based on a PhD degree, without permission from DUO, is a violation of Dutch law as the title "doctor" is protected). One may bear in the Netherlands foreign titles according to the laws of the country wherein they were granted, but without translating them in Dutch.

Universities of Applied Science[edit]

Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands is the official English term for institutions of tertiary education that in Dutch are called hogeschool. Their focus is towards professional education rather than scientific research. They are accredited to confer bachelor's, master's and, prior to the Bologna Process, professional engineer's (abbreviated ing.) degrees.

While the literal translation of hogeschool is "high school", the level is equal to that of a Vocational University. They can also be compared with colleges, polytechnics, and universities of applied arts. Dutch Universities of Applied Science are not accredited to confer doctorates (PhD) degrees; PhD studies can sometimes be conducted in the context of a university of applied science, however, the title will be granted by one of the research universities, and a full professor of that university will be appointed as principal supervisor (promotor). In international contexts, the phrase University of Applied Sciences is used for the majority of these schools, as suggested by the Dutch Minister of Education.[7] Some specific exceptions have been made. For example, tertiary art schools and schools of education use an internationally recognisable name of choice.

The Dutch Universities of Applied Science include the following:

Webster University: The American University in the Netherlands[edit]

Webster University Leiden is a university outside the Dutch system, offering Bachelor and Master programs in the Netherlands. Webster University is a private, non-profit American university, accredited in the United States by the Higher Learning Commission's North Central Association. The International Business and Management program, as well as the Applied Behavioral and Social Sciences program are accredited in the Netherlands by the NVAO at the HBO (BSc / professional master) level.

International rankings[edit]

THE–QS World University Rankings[edit]

Ranking list according to the THE–QS World University Rankings (indicated in purple are high and low scores)(http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2011-2012/top-400.html):

Institution20042005200620072008200920102011 (QS)2011 (THE)2012 (QS)2012(THE)
University of Amsterdam9858694853495663926283
Leiden University131138908464608288797564
Utrecht University120120958967708380688567
Delft University of Technology78538663788310810410410377
Erasmus University Rotterdam645792163126108991031579972
Maastricht University123157172111111116111109197107115
Eindhoven University of Technology837067130128120126146115158114
University of GroningenNRNRNR19314413812011513410989
Wageningen UniversityNR108971481421551781757516170
Vrije UniversiteitNR186183NR155165171179159177140
University of TwenteNRNR115185200200199226200224187
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen191177137195NRNR149138159136127

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