News - August 5, 2016

Record number of students signing up for AID

Over 2250 students have signed up for the Annual Introduction Days (AID). The AID-board says they expect around 2300 students will attend the event. Which would mean an increase of ten percent in comparison to last year's edition.

As of the 4th of August, 2266 students have signed up for the AID. Last year there were 2050 students in total who had registered for the introduction week. The figures show the rapid growth the university is undergoing, says Floor den Ouden, member of the AID-board. ‘Almost all of the students who sign up for the AID will also study at Wageningen UR.'

Number of AID signups, Source: AID Wageningen
Number of AID signups, Source: AID Wageningen

Most of the AID will take place on the campus on the grass field between the Orion, Forum and Atlas building. A new event is added for this year's edition: a Sustainabillity College for MSc students. Master students of the previous edition said in a survey that they wanted less parties and more substance and depth. The organisation of the event tries to implement this by inviting speakers to AID and setting up a debate about sustainabillity. The board decided to choose for this theme because they feel like this issue does not resonate to students, Den Ouden tells. ‘We are hoping to engange students with the debates and let them think about the impact they could have.’

The upcoming edition of the AID starts on Friday 19th and ends on Thursday the 25th of August.