Student - November 10, 2016

English-taught programmes prompt growth

Rob Ramaker

The introduction of English-language Bachelor’s degree programmes attracts larger numbers of students, show preliminary figures from the universities association VSNU.

Nationwide, the number of first-year Bachelor’s students rose this academic year by eight percent. This is partly because more international students are coming to the Netherlands to study for a Bachelor’s degree. The University of Twente (UT), for instance, has attracted 20 percent more first-years this year, which is largely due to the increase in the number of programmes offered in English, says a spokesperson in the university magazine UTnieuws. This year the university is offering twelve English-taught Bachelor’s degrees, up from six last year. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) attracted 18 percent more first-years, with the number coming in from abroad going up by 95 percent.

Wageningen University & Research has plans to introduce international Bachelor’s degrees too. From September 2018, 7 of the 19 programmes are to be taught solely in English; other interested programmes will follow suit later. Growth is definitely not the aim in Wageningen, though, state the authors of the advisory report on international Bachelor’s degrees. Although Resource has recently noted that individual programme directors do see growth as desirable for their programmes.