The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
A degree-awarding institution which prepares students for independent research work in an academic or professional setting; it provides theoretical education and research training up to the doctorate. When talking about both types of higher education institution in the Netherlands (universiteit and hogeschool), use the terms 'research university' and 'university of applied sciences'. (In theory, universiteiten and hogescholen are now both free to offer both types of higher education, and they are increasingly working together to offer study programmes.)
Source: Werkgroep Voorlichting over het Nederlandse Hoger Onderwijs, 1999.