News - August 17, 2011

Wageningen is the most international university

Wageningen scores well when it comes to the international character of its academic education. The University has the biggest intake of foreign students after Maastricht. What is more, nearly 60 percent of Wageningen's Dutch graduates have done a traineeship and/or part of their study abroad, which is good for their career.

These findings appear in a report by Nuffic. The organization for international cooperation in higher education has calculated that the number of international students in Dutch higher education has risen once again. Last year, more than 23 percent of the student population in Wageningen came from abroad. This puts the University two places higher compared with the previous measurement. Only Maastricht University (43 percent) and four art colleges had higher percentages. The foreign students in Maastricht are mainly from the bordering countries whereas the international student population in Wageningen is more diverse.
The report also shows that most Dutch students at Wageningen University spend some time abroad. Wageningen is ranked third, with 58 percent, in the top ten institutions with the most experience abroad among students, behind the Hotelschool in The Hague and HAS in Den Bosch. As these are universities of applied science, that makes Wageningen the best performing academic university in that respect. Van Hall Larenstein is also in the top ten; a good 39 percent of its students went abroad for a traineeship and/or study.
Wageningen's international character is good for the University's image, but the survey also shows it is good for the students. Nearly 76 percent of the academic university students with experience abroad say their current work is at or above the level of their degree, as opposed to 61 percent of academic university students without experience abroad. Furthermore, the students with experience abroad got a higher average mark for their degree and they went on to earn more.
Overall, 52,000 foreign students from 61 different countries were following a full Bachelor's or Master's degree programme in the Netherlands last year. That is 8 percent of all students. Like last year, economics is the subject area attracting the most foreign students, but their relative share is greatest in the academic university agricultural programmes and the applied university art courses. Germans are still the biggest group at nearly 25,000 students, or 46 percent. China and Belgium are next with 4,000 and 2,300 students. Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece are big climbers.