The gross hourly wage of graduates of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) rose in 2016 to €15.29. In 2015, that figure was €15.00. This means that HU alumni earn significantly more than the annual average for universities of applied sciences (€13.96). This is according to figures from the HBO Monitor 2016, the nationwide survey which universities of applied sciences can consult every year to find out their graduates’ position on the jobs market.
Unemployment among HU alumni has been significantly below the national average for many years. This trend continued in 2016, with an unemployment figure of 3.7% for HU alumni compared to a national figure of 4.7%. However, the figure is slightly up compared to the 3.3% in 2015. As in 2015, 66% of HU alumni are satisfied with their jobs. This is slightly below the national average of 69%.
When it comes to how up-to-date degree programme content is perceived to be, the HU is in line with the national average at 68%. A total of 58% of HU respondents were satisfied with the extent to which practice-oriented research is effectively embedded in the programme, one percentage point higher than in 2015 and above the national average (56%). At the HU, the integration of teaching and practice-oriented research is a key priority. The HU also performed above the national average for the content and quality of testing and assessment. One key area for improvement is international orientation. As in 2015, only a quarter of alumni are satisfied with this, whereas the average for all alumni of universities of applied science is 36%.
Investments in educational innovation
At 66%, satisfaction with the up-to-date knowledge of lecturers is in line with the national average. However, alumni were slightly less satisfied with their lecturers’ teaching skills (down from 56% in 2015 to 52% in 2016). In line with its educational vision, the HU is currently investing in new teaching methods, with a major focus on blended learning: teaching which involves a combination of workplace learning, classroom learning, team learning and online learning. The HU anticipates that this continuing investment in educational innovation will help resolve transitional problems and result in improved scores in this area. Levels of satisfaction for the whole programme show a slight fall, from 65% to 63%, but the percentage of alumni who would recommend their programme to family and friends remained the same, at 63%.
The HBO Monitor survey is conducted annually by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), in partnership with DESAN, a research agency specializing in satisfaction surveys. It is commissioned by the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences. The research focuses on alumni of universities of applied sciences, a year and a half after graduation. Nationwide, more than 20,000 alumni took part in the survey, 2,100 of them HU alumni.