Higher Education in the Netherlands and the City-Region of Amsterdam


Higher education (HE) landscape in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a binary system of higher education with research universities and universities of applied sciences. Nearly all HEIs are publicly funded. While private HE plays only a marginal role, most HEIs conduct privately funded research and consultancy.

Research universities conduct research and offer programmes at Bachelor, Master and PhD level. The 14 research universities have more than 200 000 students. Their enrolment ranges between 6 000 and 30 000 students.

Universities of applied sciences offer programmes for professional education at Bachelor and Master level and conduct practice-based research. 375 000 people study in the 42 universities of applied sciences. Their enrolment ranges between 20 000 and 39 000 students.


Higher education institutions (HEIs) in the City-Region of Amsterdam


Amsterdam is a major concentration on higher education in the Netherlands.
15% (100 000) of the Dutch HE students are enrolled in the four HEIs in Amsterdam.


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