Our alumni are asked to give input on the programme as a whole and the final thesis project with an exit survey, at the moment that they graduate. The results are interpreted underneath and can be found fully here.
Students are satisfied with the organization of their master thesis (final project) and their MSc program as a whole, coming grades of a 8 and a 8,1 - professional practice is graded comparatively low with a 6,2. Particularly the possibility to choose a specialization track is appreciated. 83% of the students would chose the University of Twente again for their master; while 83% would opt for the same master degree program (PA) if they were to choose again.
When it comes to the master thesis, students typically mention that they enjoy their thesis - and that they have learned from their thesis. They are particularly impressed by their supervisors' expertise, coaching skills and quality of feedback (graded with an 8,6) - although a few students give a lower score to this (minimum of a 6). This may mean that the quality of the supervision generally is high, but that some supervisor(s) may be less appreciated.
When it comes to the program as a whole, students mention that there is no methods course in the programme, which they would have welcomed (particularly those who did not do their bachelor in PA). Students find the programme a bit general. Also students mention the problematics of group work and state that the problem of free riding could be better resolved by the lecturers. Some question teh structure, specifically the early moment students need to start thinking about their thesis. Also students mention the limited connection with the practical field and labour market orientation in the program. But students appreciate the quality of the teachers and the quality of the education (grade of 8.7 / 8.1). The courses are experienced as very interesting.
The curriculum structure stimulates connections to practice, addressing societal challenges from a public administration perspective. In core courses, assignments typically contain practically relevant questions informed by practitioners. Most students have an applied master thesis subject, studied from the perspective of a (semi-) public organization. Some students do their research for a (semi-) public organization and use their professional skills to collaborate with that organization.
Although formal internships are not a standard part of the programme, many students do build up experience at host organizations. Given the length of the programme and the curriculum structure, there is not much room for a (formal) internship. However, students typically embed their thesis research in an applied context—working for a (semi-) public organization. Some students have facilities (workspace) at the host organization. In that situation, students have an external supervisor in addition to the two internal supervisors from University of Twente.
In personal contact with our alumni we always receive positive feedback about, and suggestions for, students’ preparation for their professional careers. A LinkedIn study of our graduates[4.3.1] shows that graduates have developed successful paths in their professional career: (chief) administrative positions at many different levels of governance; in many different domains; as consultants, advisors, or lobbyists; in research institutions. We plan to strengthen the connection with the alumni through the connection with the Alumni association.
[4.3.1] The report is available upon request