HAN does not appear in the major university ranking systems. That’s because it’s a university of applied sciences. HAN is ranked in the Netherlands each year through the National Student Survey (NSE).
You won’t find HAN in the best-known university rankings such as QS, Times and ARWU. That’s because HAN is not a research university but a university of applied sciences. As such, it mainly conducts practice-based research. This type of research focuses on solving problems in professional practice. Because of that it generally doesn't fit into the framework of the ranking systems.
Ranking in the Netherlands
HAN is ranked within the Netherlands through the National Student Survey (NSE). Each year students in higher education are invited to complete the survey. They answer questions about their institution, study program and lecturers.
In 2023, HAN was ranked 5th out of 15 in the category "broad universities of applied sciences". Source: Keuzegids 2023. See the factsheet for more details about how HAN scored in the 2023 survey.
2023 National Student Survey
Once again HAN scored higher than the national average for universities of applied sciences in several areas. Students particularly appreciate the atmosphere in their programs (4.09 on a scale of 1 to 5).
Is HAN University accredited? Yes. All HAN bachelor and master programs are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). And HAN's International Business program is also accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) and EFMD.
7 reasons to study at HAN
Why study at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands? There are 7 simple reasons!
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