The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
Avoid the term 'state university', since this implies in English that the national government has more control over the university than it does. A Dutch rijksuniversiteit in fact has the same status as the other officially recognized universities. The reason for the name is historical.
Source: Werkgroep Voorlichting over het Hoger Onderwijs, 1999.