NSE and Privacy

How did you get my email address?

Because the university or university of applied sciences at which you study is participating in the NSE, we have received your email address from your institution. We have collected the following information:

  • The name of your institution, along with the email addresses of all students.
  • The language in which each student would prefer to receive their invitation.
  • Any labels with characteristics by which your institution would like to be able to monitor the NSE results. For example, a specific specialisation within a bachelor’s degree programme.

We receive this information so that we can invite all students to take part in this nationwide study. When you do take part, then we also use your email address to share the results with you. Students who have won prizes will also receive notifications thereof by email. All data collected will be deleted by 1 November 2019 at the latest.

What do you do with the results?

The NSE results are used for:

  • Study-selection information. Prospective students can compare the scores of different programmes on Studiekeuze123.nl.
  • Improving education. Universities and universities of applied sciences use the results to determine where they can improve their programmes.
  • National monitoring of student satisfaction. Various organisations – including the Inspectorate of Education; the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW); the Expertisecentrum handicap + studie; and umbrella organisations the Association of Universities (VSNU) and Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) – use the results to monitor trends in student satisfaction over several years so that they can set their policies accordingly.
  • Scientific research.

How is my privacy handled?

Studiekeuze123 does not know your identity. While the study is in progress, Studiekeuze123 can link your questionnaire responses with the email address provided by your university or university of applied sciences, through which you are invited to take part in the NSE. Once the study is concluded, your email address will be deleted from the databases.

Which information your university or university of applied sciences receives depends on in which way you choose to participate in the NSE. You can choose to take part anonymously or non-anonymously. The advantage of taking part non-anonymously is that your results can be used more effectively to improve the quality of your programme. Your institution will treat your data confidentially at all times.

Students at Wageningen University & Research always participate anonymously.

What information does my college or university receive if I participate in the NSE anonymously?

If you choose to take part in the 2019 NSE anonymously, your answers to the satisfaction questions in the NSE and the question about internships will be returned to your university or university of applied sciences without the answers to the questions from the beginning of the questionnaire about your background:

  • When (date) you began your study.
  • Which gender you have indicated, or whether you skipped this question.
  • Your age on 31 December 2018.
  • Which previous study helped you gain admittance to your current programme.
  • Your living situation (parents, student house or residence from a student housing organisation, private student house, own home/apartment, other).

To ensure your anonymity, answers from populations of fewer than five anonymous students will not be returned to your institution.

What information will my college or university receive if I participate in the NSE non-anonymously?

If you choose to take part in the 2019 NSE non-anonymously, all of your answers to the questionnaire will be returned to the institution where you are studying. This also includes the potentially identifying background questions at the beginning of the NSE questionnaire:

  • In which academic year you took the most courses.
  • When (date) you began your study.
  • Which gender you have indicated, or whether you skipped this question.
  • Your age on 31 December 2018.
  • Which previous study helped you gain admittance to your current programme.
  • Your living situation (parents, student house or residence from a student housing organisation, private student house, own home/apartment, other).
  • Whether you participated in an internship over the past year.
  • Your answers to the block of questions: Disabilities, Disorders and Illnesses.

Any labels requested by the educational institution will also be included, such as a specific specialisation.

Some colleges and universities will also receive your email address.

Some universities and universities of applied sciences want to receive your NSE results with the email address through which you were invited to participate. These institutions receive the email addresses of the students who take part non-anonymously, with the corresponding questionnaire numbers in a separate file. With this file, the institution can link the answers and background information they receive with other (own) files. This allows them to perform further analysis. Theseinstitutions use the answers only to research ways to improve the quality of their education. Reports that they make about the NSE will never be traceable to individual students.

Do you also process sensitive personal information?

Yes, the NSE questionnaire includes a block of questions entitled ‘Studying with a disability, condition or illness’. Only students who choose to participate in the NSE non-anonymously will see this block of questions. These questions begin with an explicit request for consent to process this information in accordance with the sensitive nature of the personal information asked about in this question block.

With whom do you share personal data?

We share the personal data of the students who choose to take part non-anonymously with the institution at which they are studying.

Studiekeuze123 uses the NSE results from all participating students (without email addresses) to create products and/or data files (which cannot be traced to individuals) that are intended to help choose programmes, help improve the quality of higher education and for scientific and/or statistical studies. This includes, for example, the Studiekeuzedabase, the study choice database of Studiekeuze123, which shows the average satisfaction scores per programme. There is also the public NSE Benchmarkfile, in which all results are recorded anonymously per student for detailed analysis.

Studiekeuze123 is considering, in the future, making the entire NSE data set available upon request for additional statistical/scientific research by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). This data set could include information that can be traced to individuals. The data would then be saved by CBS and made available for researchers to access remotely via a secure research environment. The data products researchers make from this data set will conform to CBS regulations and will never be traceable to individuals.

Viewing, correcting or removing data

Each student who participates in the NSE has the right to view, correct or delete their personal data; to later retract their consent for this data to be used; or to object to the processing of their personal data. Requests of this nature can be made via student@nse.nl.

To ensure that the request is being made by the individual whose data is in question, we ask that you send a copy of your identification. In this copy, please black out your photo, MRZ (machine readable zone, the strip of numbers at the bottom of your ID), passport/ID number and Citizen Service Number (BSN) to protect your privacy.

Studiekeuze123 will respond to requests as quickly as possible, within four weeks at most.

Studiekeuze123 would like to inform you that it is also possible to register a complaint with the national supervisory authority, the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

Read the full National Student Survey Privacy Statement