Last July, Eline Suijten (21) obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology and became WUR’s 50,000th alumnus. To celebrate, rector magnificus Arthur Mol congratulated her on Tuesday and offered her a WUR jumper. Suijten, with a chuckle: ‘I planned it well.’
Rector magnificus Arthur Mol and alumnus Eline Suijten. © Guy Ackermans
The number of diplomas per academic year has been growing with the university. While only 1,297 diplomas were awarded in the academic year 2004/2005, the number had increased more than twofold by 2016/2017, when it reached 2,946. So we will probably not have to wait another one hundred years for the 100,000th student to graduate.
* ‘Doctoraal’ is a Dutch term from the times before the bachelor-master system was introduced. Is was the part of the academic programme that allowed a student to obtain the degree of doctorandus (‘one who has yet to become doctor’) after the propaedeuse (diploma of propaedeutic year – the first year of the programme).
‘Beautiful student time’
Suijten obtained her bachelor’s degree in three years’ time. ‘No retakes; I passed everything at the first try.’ The highlights of her student time in Wageningen: the concerts with De Ontzetting, where she played flute and piccolo, and her time with the power lifting association Wageningen Beasts. ‘I had a beautiful student time here and got to meet many great people’, Suijten says. She has since moved to Arnhem. ‘Many of my friends live here, so I will certainly return regularly.’
At the moment, Suijten is taking a year off from studying; a year during which she will work and think about her next step.
|Total number of alumni||50.020|
|Of which NL||38.543|
|Of which EU (excl. NL)||3.069|
|Of which non-EU||8.408|
|Dutch alumni||56,5% men||43,5% women|
|International alumni||49% men||51% women|