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National Student Survey: Stenden scores rise further; all 18 Theme scores above average

Thursday 18 May 2017

More than three quarters (78%) of Stenden students are satisfied or very satisfied with their study programme. The same percentage of students would recommend the course programme to friends and family, according to the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017. For the first time, Stenden scores above average on all 18 themes of the 41 Universities of Applied Science. The overall satisfaction of Stenden students is good for fourth place among large and medium-sized Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

On Thursday 18 May 2017, the results of the annual National Student Survey (NSS) are published by the organizer Studiekeuze123. The NSS can be seen as a national barometer how students value the quality of their study programmes. It is also an important source for rankings, for example the HBO Keuzegids and Elsevier.

Remarkably positive theme scores at Stenden can be seen in the subjects 'Group Sizes', 'General Skills', 'Facilities', 'Internationalization', and 'Internship Experiences'.

Quality improvement recognized more and more

Leendert Klaassen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stenden, comments: ’We put a lot of effort into the quality of our course programmes last year, and it is wonderful to see that these improvements are increasingly recognized by the students. This goes for all 18 themes, and our employees can be proud of this. We continue to improve quality as a culture element, which you should cherish in order to achieve further growth. Now, and in the future with NHL as a merger partner’.

We celebrate and continue to improve further

Today, Thursday 18 May, students will be handed out free coffee, tea and sweets, and all employees will have cake from our learning company Wannee to celebrate the result. The scores are currently analysed to be used to realize quality improvements.  



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