Wetenschap - 12 oktober 1995

History of MSc programmes in brief

History of MSc programmes in brief

The first MSc programme, Soil & Water, was established in 1971. Fifteen years later, in 1986, the University Council decided to embark on the process of internationalisation of the university. As well as stimulating the mobility of both students and staff, and supporting research and education in developing countries, it was decided that international education at WAU had to be expanded and further developed. That year four new programmes were launched and their success led to a doubling in the number of programmes in 1989. In 1991 the length of the programmes was reduced from 22 to 17 months.

The main reason for this was the fear that foreign students would choose to follow shorter courses elsewhere. To guarantee the quality of these shorter courses, they became thesis oriented and the name changed from course to programme. The total number of programmes gradually increased until there was a total of 13 by 1995. Two of the programmes offered at WAU are so called Kopstudies: Environmental Sciences and Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems, which have no regular equivalent among the Dutch courses at WAU, and which are interdisciplinary in content.

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