78% of university students in the Netherlands are satisfied with higher education, according to survey

Over 78 percent of the 137,000 university students and 66 percent of the 195,000 vocational higher education students in the Netherlands said they were very satisfied with their education overall, according to the annual national student survey (NSE) carried out by Stichting Studiekeuze123, an organization created by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, revealed.

The survey involving more than 330,000 WO (academic guidance) and HBO (career guidance) students was conducted between January 2020 and March 2021, reports Erudera.com.

According to the results, HBO students are less satisfied with specific aspects of their education, while around 2% of survey participants who pursue education at an unfunded (private) training institution expressed more satisfaction. regarding their education.

In addition, 85 percent of students agreed that their teachers are substantive experts, also nearly 85 percent said that they are able to express their opinions in the educational institutions where they pursue their studies, while nearly three-quarters of students agreed that educational institutions are open to comment. of their students.

Half of the students said they were very satisfied with the space provided to design their own program notes, 17 percent said they were dissatisfied with it, while 32 percent were neutral.

Other results include:

  • 49 percent of students participating in the survey agreed that their teachers inspire them.
  • 76% of college students reported that their teachers could teach well in English, 56% of HBO students also strongly agreed with this statement.
  • 45% of college students said they were very satisfied with college preparing them for a professional career, 56% of HBO students agreed with this as well.
  • 76% of students enrolled in an unfunded study program say they are very satisfied with the link with professional practices.

More than 270,000 students give their opinion on their educational institution and study programs each year as part of the National Student Survey.

The Association of Netherlands Universities (VSNU) said earlier this year that Dutch universities are forecasting an increase in the number of students enrolling for a bachelor’s degree in the coming academic year. Following the assumptions, VSNU noted that an increase in the number of international students in the Netherlands is also expected.

In March 2021, the Price Water Coopers (PwC) audit service pointed out that Dutch universities had suffered a loss of € 1.1 billion, claiming that educational institutions across the country needed a new model. funding. The call was also supported by student organizations, which urged politicians to invest more in universities.

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