Science - January 1, 1970

Integrated MSc Educational model

Integrated MSc Educational model

Integrated MSc Educational model

The international MSc programmes will no longer begin in September but in March as of 2002. The University Board made this recommendation to the Student Council and Personnel Council, which will decide on a new educational structure for the agricultural university on June 24. According to the Board, the late start wll be necessary to make the international courses fit well with the schedule of the Dutch courses

The university wants to start 13 new (Dutch) programmes in September 2000 based on the BSc-MSc model. Just as is the case in many other countries, students can then take a three-year basic programme that leads to a Bachelor's diploma, followed by a two-year Master's programme. Until now, the Dutch students' education consisted of one continuous five-year programme that led to the so-called Ingenieurs diploma. Wageningen has two important reasons for switching to the internationally recognised BSc-MSc model. It hopes that its Dutch students' degrees will be more readily accepted internationally than the current Ingenieurs diploma. The second reason is that it wants to integrate the current special international MSc programmes with the regular Dutch programmes. The university says it is suffering financial losses on the international programmes and hopes to recover some of the costs by offering the Dutch and international students the same courses. Relevant subjects to foreign students will be given as of 2002 in English (to the Dutch students as well). By combining the international and Dutch programmes, the university hopes to also get a subsidy for the international students, as Dutch universities are paid for every student that graduates. Under the current structure, international students of the university do not count because they do not receive a legally recognised Dutch diploma. If the Dutch and international students earn the same diploma, then the university will receive subsidies for the international graduates as well

The MSc programme for Dutch students will consist mostly of two main subjects: one major subject lasting five months and one minor subject in a different field lasting three months. In the last two years of study students are expected to complete five months of practical training and a professional preparation block in which the students simulate a real-life situation

For international students, more time has been reserved in the programme for in-depth courses. They complete only one main research project and take a number of courses offered in the third-year Dutch BSc programme. International students with professional experience are exempted from the practical training. For them, the MSc programme will last 1.5 years. International students who do not have work experience will be required to complete the practical training. K.V

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