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Alumni

Background

The National Alumni Survey is a biennial, national survey among all recently graduated master’s students at Dutch universities.

NAE 2021 started on 19 October. Students who graduated with a masters degree somewhere between October 2019 and September 2020, received a personal e-mail to enter the survey.

The aim of the research is to gain insight into the situation of alumni: how is the connection with the labour market and how do they look back on their master’s degree? This information helps universities to improve their master’s degree programmes. In addition, the results of the survey provide information for students orientating on a masters programme: what are prospects on the labour market?

The online survey asks about the transition from education to the labour market. Do you think your job fits the education you had? How difficult was it to find a job? Can you put your knowledge and skills to good use? You are also asked for data on for example the number of working hours per week, your salary and jobposition.

The survey is distributed among all graduates, one to one and a half years after graduation. It does not matter whether you did the route WO Bachelor – WO Master’s, via a University of Applied Science (HBO) or completed a WO Master’s programme as an international student.

Even if you already had work experience before you finished your university master’s degree, or if you live and/or work abroad, we like to hear what you thought of your master’s degree.

Invitation and fieldwork

You will receive an invitation in October if you graduated from one of these universities in the period October 2019 – September 2020:

  • Utrecht University
  • Leiden University
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • Tilburg University
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Maastricht University
  • TU Delft
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • University of Twente
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • VU Amsterdam
  • University of Amsterdam (UvA)

NB: Due to a different educational model, the Open University has chosen not to participate in the NAE.

NB: You possibly completed several master’s degrees in the specified period, at one and the same university or perhaps at different universities. You will receive an invitation for one master’s programme only.

For the purpose of this research, the universities have passed on your email address to research agency Centerdata and IVA Onderwijs. They send the invitation on behalf of these universities.

Timeframe

The questionnaire for the NAE2021 will be online in the period October – December 2021. With the personal login code stated in the e-mail, you can start the questionnaire directly.

Did you not receive an e-mail or letter, but you do belong to the target group (graduated one to one and a half years ago with a master’s degree)?
Then you can register at www.nae2021.nl using an alternative login code to participate. In order to be able to identify yourself, it is necessary that you remember your former student number!

Have you lost the email that contained the login code?
You can also log in via www.nae2021.nl. The other option is: wait for a reminder. This reminder contains your personal login code.

Outcomes

After the study, the data will be collected and cleaned for analysis by Centerdata and IVA Education. National results are presented by the VSNU, the Association of Universities, based on aggregated data.

The universities each receive their own institution-specific dataset with which to make analyses. The results of the research are published in alumni magazines or on the university’s website.

GDPR and Privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to data collection carried out in the context of the National Alumni Survey. Research institute Centerdata, responsible for the fieldwork of the NAE, conducts the research in accordance with the requirements of the AVG. See Centerdata’s privacy for more information. Centerdata works together with IVA Education to carry out this research. The NAE is a joint project of all Dutch universities assembled within the Association of Universities (VSNU). In addition to the fact that Centerdata processes personal data of alumni, this data is also processed by the universities that are affiliated with the VSNU. For more information, see also the privacy statement on the website of the university in question

In order to invite alumni to the NAE, the universities make contact details of their alumni available to Centerdata. This data consists of name, e-mail address and, if the university uses the telephone reminder method, telephone number. If the university has no (valid) e-mail address for alumni, residential address details can be used to send invitations by post. Centerdata only uses these contact details to invite alumni to complete the survey. This data is kept separate from the survey responses. It is not connected to the survey data at any time. All contact details will be destroyed by Centerdata one month after completion of a measurement.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

The research is being conducted by Centerdata in collaboration with IVA Onderwijs. This research was commissioned on behalf of the Dutch government-funded universities, affiliated with the VSNU.

The purpose of the survey is to provide universities with information about the master’s program in relation to the position of the graduated student in the labour market. The results of the survey tell something about the connection between education and the labour market, as well as about the economic situation. University graduates end up in a variety of places, sometimes also outside their field of expertise. This is also interesting information for prospective students: what possibilities are there when I enter the labour market?

Yes, that information is available through Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Yes: a national report will be published by VSNU in collaboration with Centerdata and IVA Onderwijs. This is a report of the general and sector-specific outcomes of the research.

Alumni

This survey provides you with the chance to give your opinion about your university master’s degree. The results of the survey are used to determine to what extent different master programmes provide a good preparation for the labor market. Universities gain valuable insights into their study programmes. Your experiences (both positive and negative) also help future students to make their choice of what to study!

If you have received an invitation email or letter, you can use the personal link in that invitation to start the survey. This link is unique and intended only for you. Do not share this link with others!

You can complete the survey from the beginning of October to the end of December.

No problem! Go to www.nae2021.nl and fill in your old student number, date of birth and the university of your master’s programme. If all that information is correct, you will be forwarded to your survey.

Try copying and pasting the personal link into your browser’s search bar first. If that doesn’t work, or you don’t have a personal link, try logging in via www.nae2021.nl (see question above).
If you are unable to start the survey via your personal link or via www.nae2021.nl, please contact Centerdata: nae@centerdata.nl.

The survey can be completed on a PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

You can. Your answers are saved every time you go to the next or previous page. If you start the survey again at a later time, you will automatically continue where you left off.

At the bottom of the reminder e-mail or letter is a link with which you can unsubscribe from the study. If you click on the link, you will unsubscribe and you will no longer receive the reminder emails or letters. It is important to know that you will not receive any reminders (anymore) once you have completed the survey.

The university where you completed your master’s programme participates in the National Alumni Survey. In order to invite you to participate in the study, the university has shared your e-mail address with Centerdata via a secure environment.
Your e-mail address will only be used to invite you to the survey, and possibly to notify you if you have won a prize that your university raffles. All email addresses will be deleted by Centerdata after the 2021 measurement has been completed.

Your answers will be used to investigate the labour market situation of university master’s graduates. For example, it will be examined to what extent your current job is in line with the master programme you have completed. Published results will never contain your personal information. For more information on this topic, see the GDPR and privacy section.

Master students who graduated one to one and a half years ago will be invited for the 2021 study. You may not (yet) belong to the target group.

Contact

This page is still under development. If you have any questions about the research or the results, please use the contact form. We will contact you as soon as possible.

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