In December, Nuffic gave grants to over 800 students from developing countries to do a short course in the Netherlands. No fewer than 417 of these students will be attending WUR courses.
Three times a year, Nuffic hands out fellowship grants to international students who want to do a course of two to three weeks in the Netherlands. A majority come to the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), which has been providing short courses on agriculture, nutrition, nature and the environment ever since 1951.
The high proportion coming to Wageningen is not unusual, says Marianne van Dorp of WCDI. Around half the Nuffic grants have been for Wageningen courses in recent years.
Over 400 students will be coming to Wageningen in the next six months for 15 different courses. The course Governance and Food Safety in International Food Chains is particularly popular, with 40 participants on a Nuffic grant, says Van Dorp. Three quarters of the courses are held in Wageningen itself but WCDI also organizes courses in other countries.