Windesheim Still a Top-class University, Say Students

By Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Windesheim University

80% of Windesheim students are (highly) satisfied with their degree programme. With this high score, the university is again runner-up in the category of major university of applied sciences.

This is reflected in the results of the National Student Survey, which was recently published. As in recent years, Windesheim again scores well above the national average, with general student satisfaction at 80%.

Satisfied with Lecturers and Student Counselling

All higher professional education (HBO) students in the Netherlands were interviewed on seventeen different topics. On almost all topics Windesheim students are more satisfied than other HBO students in the Netherlands. Windesheim lecturers and student counselling scored particularly well: they are assessed as considerably better than the national average. ‘A great compliment for all lecturers and staff who work hard every day to make sure students not only receive high-quality education here, but also feel at home and get proper supervision,’ says Henk Hagoort, president of Windesheim’s executive board.

Both English-taught Bachelor’s programmes were given high scores as well: 79% of the International Business students are (highly) satisfied. The national average for this degree programme is 66%. 88% of the students are (highly) satisfied with the general atmosphere in this Windesheim programme.

Of the students doing the Global Project and Change Management (sustainable business & innovations) programme, 86% are (highly) satisfied. Here too, the general atmosphere is assessed very positively, with satisfaction as high as 89%. Because this is a unique degree programme, their results cannot be compared with similar programmes at other universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.

About the National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is a large-scale national survey by Studiekeuze123, in which all higher-education students are asked how they feel about various aspects of their degree programme. The survey results offer the programmes clues on how to improve their educational quality.

About Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Windesheim is in the top three of broad-based Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands; the university is highly ranked by both students and experts. Students appreciate the personal approach, allowing them to work in small groups and making each talent count. At Windesheim you are not just a number. The lecturers are coaches as well and they challenge students to reflect and think critically and get the best out of themselves. Windesheim is also renowned for its innovative and entrepreneurial approach. The university works in close collaboration with businesses and institutions, so the knowledge they gain and share is of instant practical relevance.

Windesheim’s programmes for international students focus on business:

  • International Business’ for students who are interested in topics like management, logistics, finance and (internet) marketing.
  • Global Project and Change Management’ (Sustainable Business and Innovation) is the most international programme in the Netherlands, according to experts. It’s an honours programme for students who want to change the world in a positive way. Topics are climate change, global health, pollution, human rights, poverty eradication and social entrepreneurship.

Windesheim is located in Zwolle, a welcoming, lively and safe city only one hour’s drive from Amsterdam, with reasonable prices for living expenses. Zwolle is well known for its beautiful historic city centre, with lots of cafés, restaurants, parks, shops and cultural activities. International students are housed in a student residence close to the campus and the city centre, where you can live and study together.

On the Windesheim campus there’s a large variety of student facilities available: sports facilities, including a fitness centre, climbing wall, dojo and a large swimming pool, but also a media centre, a copy and campus shop and several canteens. There even is a grand café where Starbucks coffee is served!

International students about Windesheim

Windesheim UniversityMaurice from Kenya: “The lecturers have different professional backgrounds and experiences and they challenge us with what they actually experience in the field; so they prepare us well for the future. With the experience of the teachers we get up-to-date concepts and ideas. Besides that we learn how to work on real problems in real projects, and how to come up with real solutions.”

Flávia from Portugal: “I always feel supported at Windesheim. The International Office, the group of student mentors and my teachers made that I never feel lost. This University should feel really proud for the hospitality they give us. In addition, entrepreneurship and innovation are key here, which gave me the awesome opportunity to gain extra skills!”

Krizta from Romania: “Windesheim is like a big company and we students are really the customers, so they really treat us.”

Benjamin from France: “The relationship between teachers and the students is really different. It’s more equal, you can give your own opinion easily. In France there is more authority, you should wait before the teacher gives you the right to speak.”

Lukas from Germany: “I like to do sports, and at Windesheim you have a lot of different opportunities to do sports. You can do basketball, football, hockey and they have a really, really nice gym.”

Hyerim from Korea: “At Windesheim you can meet many people from all over the world. You are involved in many projects so you can learn how to work together as a team.”

Christian from USA: “What I like about the lecturers here at Windesheim is that they are very engaging, very connected to you as a student, and they know you by name, you feel engaged and they want to help you succeed. They really care about your success.”

Mario from Germany: “Life in the Netherlands is easy. People are friendly, most of them speak English, so if you struggle with the language, that’s not a problem. And here in Zwolle, everything is just a 10 minutes ride by bicycle away.”

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