Public Policy and Human Development

Rankings & recognition

  • Public Policy and Human Development has received the official EAPAA accreditation

    EAPAA logo

    Since 1999 the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) has helped European public administration programmes to improve and assure their quality through accreditation. EAPAA is the only quality assurance authority in Public Administration which is active throughout Europe. It has by now accredited more than 50 programmes across the continent, including most leading institutes in the field.

    For EAPAA, the evaluation of a programme is more than a simple check of procedures and formalities. Its work is based on peer review: programmes under review are assessed by experienced and internationally recognised senior academics from the public administration field, who know what it is to run a public administration programme. As a result, the feedback is based on a thorough knowledge of the content and on first-hand experience. The aim is to give high-quality feedback that helps programmes reach higher levels of teaching excellence.

    EAPAA’s evaluation is mission-based. The backgrounds of programmes and conditions in which they work differ vastly across and within countries. While maintaining general quality standards, evaluators always take the programme’s unique position and choices into account. There is no single model for a good public administration programme and EAPAA leaves room for programmes to develop their own specific profile.

    Receiving the EAPAA seal is recognised as an international mark of distinction. It sets programmes apart in the increasingly competitive market for international students.

    EAPAA is dedicated to keeping its services accessible and affordable to the majority of programmes. It is a non-profit organisation that delivers professional services while maintaining a lean and flexible organisation. In 2014, the high quality of its services was recognised by inclusion in the European Quality Assurance Registry.

    More info about the EAPAA  

    EAPAA'S Mission

    • promotes the quality of European academic level public administration programmes by developing appropriate accreditation standards for such programmes through its Accreditation Committee
    • encourages curriculum development and innovation
    • provides a forum for discussion on quality and accreditation
    • assures the quality of European Public Administration programmes by evaluating programmes
  • Public Policy and Human Development ranked 4th

    Public Policy and Human Development is ranked 4th in the 'Political Science and Public Administration'-category of the Dutch Master's guide: Keuzegids 2018.

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    Public Policy and Human Development scored a total of 56 points.

    The Keuzegids Masters offers rankings of all master’s programmes in the Netherlands. These rankings are based on the results from the Dutch National Student Survey, combined with expert evaluations. The Keuzegids is published annually by the Dutch Higher Education Information Centre. It is an independent publication that allows you to compare all accredited master’s programmes in the Netherlands.

     Learn more on the Keuzegids website (in Dutch)  

  • 80% of students recommend this programme: Elsevier

    The Elsevier Best Studies Guide is published once a year by the Dutch magazine Elsevier. It contains student evaluations of each programme's education, contact hours, facilities, structure, instructors and assessment methods, as well as its organisation and communication. The guide is largely based on the results of the Dutch National Student Survey.


  • UM is the 13th best Young University in the world

    The Young University Rankings 2020

    Maastricht University ranked 13th place in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) 'Young Universities' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM is proud that its efforts, including in the fields of education and research, have been rewarded in this ranking.

    In the 2021 QS 'Top 50 Under 50' (best universities in the world under 50 years old), UM rose from 23rd to 19th place. 

    These special rankings for young universities are published to give an indication as to which universities are expected in the future to become the top universities worldwide. 

     Go to the 2023 THE 'Young Universities Ranking'
     Go to the 2021 QS 'Top 50 under 50'