News - June 9, 2015

Review committee praises research school

Albert Sikkema

The international review committee that rated the Wageningen graduate school Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PERC), was very impressed. ‘This is the most exceptional school we have ever seen’, committee chairman Volkmar Wolters stated this morning.

The research school PERC, in which  plant- and environmental researchers work together, has an excellent PhD program, the committee said. The research groups within PERC are all excellent or very good, Wolters stated. ‘An exceptional performance’. The research productivity and quality of virtually all research groups has increased since the last visit five years ago, the committee noted. And the social relevance of the research is high.

It was also important that the research school has an eye for the progress of the postdocs in the research groups. That does not happen at other European universities, says Wolters. PERC further had a good cooperation with the business community - remarkable well for environmental scientists, the committee found.

PERC is the first of five Wageningen research schools being evaluated this month by an international review committee. Later, the graduate schools Experimental Plant Sciences, Wageningen Institute of Social Sciences, Nutrition, Food technology and Agro technology (NFAG) and the Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences will follow.

All committees write a report, in which the judgements on the chair groups that are part of the graduate schools can be found. Those reports are probably ready in August.