List of universities in the Netherlands

List of universities in the Netherlands

A listing of (vocational) universities in the Netherlands:



Research universities

Research universities in the Netherlands are institutions of tertiary education that in Dutch are called universiteit. Their focus is towards academic education and scientific research. They are accredited to confer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The term universiteit is reserved to these institutes in the Dutch context, and the additional qualifier "research" is hardly ever used in practice.

Name est. City Organisation Type Number of staff Number of students
Government Supported Universities (by type)
University of Amsterdam[1] 1632 Amsterdam Public University 4,062 32,739
Academic Medical Center Amsterdam
Amsterdam University College Amsterdam
VU University Amsterdam 1880 Amsterdam Special Christian University 2,200 18,000
VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
Amsterdam University College Amsterdam
University of Groningen 1614 Groningen Public University 5,000 26,500
University Medical Center Groningen 1797 Groningen
Leiden University 1575 Leiden Public University 3,973 17,630
Leiden University Medical Center Leiden
Maastricht University 1976 Maastricht Public University 3,000 11,463
Academic Hospital Maastricht 1974 Maastricht
University College Maastricht 2002 Maastricht
Radboud University Nijmegen 1923 Nijmegen Special: Catholic University 4,309* 17,650*
University Medical Center St Radboud Nijmegen
Erasmus University Rotterdam 1913 Rotterdam Public University 3,700 20,666
Erasmus MC Rotterdam
Tilburg University 1927 Tilburg Special: Catholic University 1,062* 11,399*
University College Tilburg 2008 Tilburg
TiasNimbas Business School 1982 Tilburg
University of Utrecht 1636 Utrecht Public University 8,224 26,787
University Medical Center Utrecht 1999 Utrecht
University College Utrecht 1998 Utrecht
Roosevelt Academy 2004 Middelburg
Delft University of Technology 1842 Delft Public University of Technology 2,633‡ 13,383‡
Eindhoven University of Technology 1956 Eindhoven Public University of Technology 2,200 7100
University of Twente 1961 Enschede Public University of Technology and Social Sciences 3,000 8,500
Wageningen University and Research Centre 2000 Wageningen 6,500##
Wageningen University 1918 Wageningen Public University for life sciences 8,500
Agricultural Research Institutes throughout the Netherlands Research Institute
Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein is an applied university that is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre
Open University 1984 Nationwide; HQ in Heerlen Public University for distant learning 701* 16,802*[2]
University of Curaçao 1979 Curaçao Public University of the Nation of NA
Privately Funded Universities (accredited as Universiteit by Dutch law) (by type)
Nyenrode Business Universiteit 1946 Breukelen Private University for Business Studies
Kampen Theological University 1854 Kampen Private University for Protestant Theology
Kampen Theological University of the Reformed Churches (Liberated) 1944 Kampen Private University for Protestant Theology
Apeldoorn Theological University of the Christian Reformed Churches 1894 Apeldoorn Private University for Protestant Theology
University of Humanistics 1989 Utrecht Private University for Humanistics
Universities that no longer exist
Catholic University of Utrecht 1991–2007 Utrecht Private University for Catholic Theology
University of Harderwijk 1648–1811 Harderwijk
University of Franeker 1585–1811 Franeker
University of Nijmegen 1655–±1680 Nijmegen
University of Theology and Pastorate 1966-1999[3] Heerlen Private University for Catholic Theology

† 2003-2004; ‡ 2004-2005; # 2005-2006; * 2006-2007; ##including research staff at the associated institutes. All figures without signs are estimates or from undated sources; †† Degrees of these non-accredited "universities" have no legal status anywhere. According to Dutch law, it is illegal to use protected titles which can only be given by universities that are accredited. Protected titles are ing. bc. mr. ir. drs. and dr.[4] English variants (MSc BSc MA BA LLB LLM BEng PhD) are not (yet)[5] protected by Dutch law[6] (but using the title "dr." based on a PhD degree, without permission from DUO, is a violation of Dutch law as the title "doctor" is protected). One may bear in the Netherlands foreign titles according to the laws of the country wherein they were granted, but without translating them in Dutch.

Vocational universities

Vocational universities in the Netherlands are institutions of tertiary education that in Dutch are called hogeschool. Their focus is towards professional education rather than scientific research. They are accredited to confer bachelor's, master's and, prior to the Bologna Process, engineer's degrees.

While the literal translation of hogeschool is "high school", these entities are equal to vocational universities. They can also be compared with colleges, polytechnics, and universities of applied arts. Dutch vocational universities cannot use the name university in the Dutch language (universiteit) and are not accredited to confer doctorates (PhD) degrees. In international contexts, the phrase University of Applied Sciences is used for the majority of these schools, as suggested by the Dutch Minister of Education.[7] Some specific exceptions have been made. For example, tertiary art schools and schools of education use an internationally recognisable name of choice.

The Dutch vocational universities include the following:

International rankings

THE–QS World University Rankings

Ranking list according to the THE–QS World University Rankings (indicated in purple are high and low scores)(

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 (QS) 2011 (THE)
University of Amsterdam 98 58 69 48 53 49 56 63 92
Leiden University 131 138 90 84 64 60 82 88 79
Utrecht University 120 120 95 89 67 70 83 80 68
Delft University of Technology 78 53 86 63 78 83 108 104 104
Erasmus University Rotterdam 64 57 92 163 126 108 99 103 157
Maastricht University 123 157 172 111 111 116 111 109 197
Eindhoven University of Technology 83 70 67 130 128 120 126 146 115
University of Groningen NR NR NR 193 144 138 120 115 134
Wageningen University NR 108 97 148 142 155 178 175 75
Vrije Universiteit NR 186 183 NR 155 165 171 179 159
University of Twente NR NR 115 185 200 200 199 226 200
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen 191 177 137 195 NR NR 149 138 159

See also

  • List of colleges and universities by country
  • List of colleges and universities
  • Academic Degree

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