Rankings and accreditations
The Problem-Based Learning system at Maastricht University guarantees a high quality education. Students get more out of their studies, take less time to complete their studies and are overall more satisfied.
In the Dutch magazine Elsevier, students and professors rank universities based on their range of programmes, facilities, curriculum, quality of teaching, testing standards and overall organisation and communication:
- according to the students, UM is the best university for bachelor's programmes in Econometrics and Operations Research, Fiscal Economics, International Business and Medicine in 2010
- professors ranked the bachelor's programme Health Sciences the best in the Netherlands in 2010
- the master's programmes in Dutch Law, International Business, Medicine, Management and the Research Master in Health Sciences were voted the best in 2009 (2010 data not yet available)
QS World University Rankings
In the World University Rankings, Maastricht University is ranked 111, marking a sharp rise from 172nd in 2006. The Medicine programme was one of the top 20 European institutions in the clinical medicine ranking. In the 2011 QS World University Rankings per subject, Medicine and Psychology are ranked 51-100. Criteria are academic reputation, employer reputation and citation scores.
Maastricht University's master's programme in International Business is ranked one of the top 25 business programmes in the world according to the Master in Management Programmes published by the Financial Times. In terms of value for money Maastricht ranked an impressive 2nd.
The Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) Excellence ranking compares European research centres for prospective master's and PhD students. Every two years CHE examines different types of studies. This time they looked at political science, economics and psychology.
Maastricht University, together with nine other Dutch universities, was ranked within the excellence group for psychology and economics. Maastricht was distinguished by the large number of publications, the mobility of its students (especially economics students), and a large number of citations in international journals.
Every two years, the CHE University Ranking reviews a number of university programmes. The scores do not result in an actual ranking list, but are rather used to place several aspects of the study programmes, such as ’international orientation’ and ’overall study situation’, into three groups: top, middle or bottom group. Between 2009 and 2011, several UM programmes in the field of business and economics, health care, political science and psychology were reviewed. For almost all of the reviewed aspects, the programmes were placed in the top group.
Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs
As with last year, Maastricht University is among the top three Dutch universities, after Wageningen University and the Open University. In the 2011 edition of the 'Keuzegids', the following nine UM bachelor's programmes were considered the 'best in the Netherlands': European Studies, European Public School, European Law School, Economics and Business Economics, Econometrics and Operations Research, International Business, Fiscal Economics (sharing first place), Medicine (sharing first place), and Knowledge Engineering (sharing first place).
In the 'Keuzegids' master's edition of 2011, Maastricht University was also ranked first in the Netherlands. Thanks to high quality accreditation reports, the following seven UM master's programmes came either first or second in their categories: European Public Affairs, International Laws, International Economic Studies, International Business, Mental Health, Physician-Clinical Investigator, and the Research Master in Health Sciences.
Maastricht University's programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). UM also strives to obtain international accreditation for its courses. In 2010, the bachelor's programme in European Public Health was accredited by the German Akkreditierungsagentur für Studiengänge im Bereich Gesundheit und Soziales (AHPGS).
'Triple crown' accreditation
The Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE) is internationally accredited by the renowned AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, making it one of a few international schools with all three accreditations. The bachelor's and master's programmes in International Business offered at SBE also received in 2010 the NVAO "certification of internationalisation".
NVAO excellence label
NVAO regularly audits the institutions that it gives accreditations to. In 2008 the University College Maastricht was the first to receive a quality label from the NVAO for the achievement level of its graduate students. Only two higher education programmes have been awarded this label.