University College Maastricht rated best programme in the Netherlands

With 94 out of 100 points and three plusses (+++), University College Maastricht (UCM) was ranked the highest-rated bachelor's programme in the Netherlands according the Dutch university information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016. UCM was one of two UM programmes to receive a quality seal for being a leading academic programme that offers the best interdisciplinary academic education in the Netherlands. The relatively young Maastricht Science Programme just missed the mark for a quality seal. Seven of the seventeen UM bachelor's programmes that were evaluated ranked first and twelve UM programmes were ranked in the top three (like last year). 

The quality seal is reserved for programmes who receive an overall score of 76 or higher and an assessment of ++ or higher. UCM scored 94 points and three plusses (+++) and Knowledge Engineering scored 78 points and two plusses (++). The Maastricht Science Programme scored 74 points and one plus (+), only just missing the mark for a quality seal. 

The top seven programmes in Dutch education are Econometrics, European Law School, European Studies, Tax Law, Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht Science Programme and University College Maastricht. The five other programmes that received a top-three ranking are European Public Health (2nd), Fiscal Economics (2nd), Health Sciences (3rd), International Business (2nd) and Psychology (2nd). Five programmes were ranked higher than last year and four were ranked lower. 

Most of the highly-ranked UM programmes scored well in the fields of content, facilities and general skills. The figures reveal that UM's Problem-Based Learning model is paying off: Maastricht has the highest four-year graduation rate in the country. According to the students, the programmes prepare well for a future job.

The Keuzegids is compiled each year by an independent editorial board at the Centre for Higher Education Information to help students select a study. The 2016 rankings were compiled based on an assessment by students and experts on the bachelor's programmes, the professors, the facilities and more.

The full Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016 can be ordered in print or consulted online for a fee at

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