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Definition of quality

The AUAS bases the quality of its teaching on four factors:

  • Quality assessment in accreditations
  • Study success rates
  • Student satisfaction
  • Position of alumni in the labour market


Quality assessment in accreditations

The quality of degree programmes in higher education is assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All AUAS degree programmes have the NVAO accreditation quality mark. Five degree programmes have been awarded a ‘distinctive quality’ feature, a quality mark distinguishing these degree programmes from the same programmes at other universities of applied sciences. These are Sports, Management and Business, Johan Cruyff University, the International Business School, Physiotherapy and the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Study success rates

The number of students who earn a degree within the agreed period (five years) has risen over the past two years from 52.7% to 57,6% (the percentage of students who started their degree programme in 2010 and earned a degree in 2015). After years of decline, the trend reversed in the study succes rates.

Student satisfaction

Student satisfaction is measured annually in the Dutch National Student Survey, which is conducted among all universities and universities of applied sciences. The general satisfaction of AUAS students with regard to their degree programmes increased from 70.7% to 73.4% in 2016. 

Position in the labour market

The position of graduates in the labour market is reflected by the HBO-Monitor, an annual independent survey. 83% of AUAS graduates find paid employment within three months of graduation. 

Based on the above data, the AUAS considers the basic quality of its education to be in order; five degree programmes exceed this. Nevertheless, improvement is desirable, particularly with regard to study success rates. The AUAS aims to achieve this through extra attention for education logistics. The AUAS aims to improve results for student satisfaction and the position in the labour market. The AUAS is also investing in programme committees because they make a positive contribution to educational quality.

Published by  Communication 7 July 2017