Tilburg University again best general university

As in 2016 and 2017, Tilburg University has the highest overall student satisfaction rate of any general university in the Netherlands. This is shown by figures from the annual National Student Survey (NSE) for the year 2017-2018. The overall satisfaction with the study (on a scale of 1 to 5) is 4.12, which is significantly higher than the national average for universities (4.05). Tilburg University occupies third place in the ranking of all universities (including technical and agricultural universities) after Wageningen University and Eindhoven University of Technology. 

The Board of Governors: 'We are very pleased with the result, the consistently high level of satisfaction of our students for years is the result of the constant renewal and improvement of the quality of our study programmes, in consultation with the students. We thank them for their trust.

The National Student Survey (NSE) is a large-scale national survey in which all students at universities of applied sciences and universities are invited each year to give their opinion on their study programme. A total of 4,757 students from Tilburg University completed the NSE in 2018 (response rate of 34%). In the report, the statements from the questionnaire have been merged into 17 main themes. 

Scores on the different themes

Compared to students at other Dutch universities, Tilburg University's students are more positive about the content of their study programme, the acquisition of academic skills, lecturers, testing and assessment, the provision of information, study load, quality assurance, challenging education and internationalisation.

Use of NSE results

The NSE results are used annually at Tilburg University for the analysis of its services to the student and for the analysis of individual programmes. For several years in a row, this has led to an increase in the quality of education.

External parties such as CHOI (Higher Education Selection Guides) and Elsevier (Elsevier Best Studies) use the results in their annual rankings of the best programmes.