Student - February 3, 2016

No plans for numerus fixus for remaining bachelor studies

Rob Ramaker

Two bachelor studies at Wageningen University requested a numerus fixus last week. This year they will not be followed, as found by Resource’s question round. The remaining bachelors do not plan a numerus fixus.

At this moment the bachelor study Nutrition and Health is the only one that has a maximum number of students. Biotechnology and Molecular life sciences might join starting from 1 September 2017. This measure must prevent that the overwhelming increase in student numbers jeopardizes the study quality. Education Institute OWI now advised ‘critically positive’ on the application.

The announced step caused some unrest within Food Technology. Earlier, the study rejected a numerus fixus, but the study director Ralf Hartemink feared that a numerus fixus at the two ‘sister studies’ could cause an additional influx of rejected students. Monday the measure was discussed with the study commission, and rejected again. They will keep an eye on whether the growing influx of students is going to cause problems.

The remaining education directors told the Resource that they have no plans for a numerus fixus.

The number of students at Wageningen University is growing steadily, especially since 2007.

The number of students at Wageningen University is growing steadily, especially since 2007. This increase is however not evenly distributed; especially the Nutrition-, Food- and Biotechnology studies are growing. At the workplace it causes all kinds of practical challenges. Practical labs need a larger set up and there is an increased reliance on digital education. Because the university does not want to build structurally, discussions are now being held on how to use the current buildings more efficiently, for example by using broader lecture times (‘evening classes’).

Nutrition and Health started with a maximum of 130 students in 2014. Since then the maximum number increases with 10 students a year, so that in September 150 students are accepted. They are selected on motivation and prior knowledge; not using a draw. Biotechnology and Molecular life sciences want to implement a similar system.