Nieuws - 21 april 2010

First year numbers at WU up by 17 percent

The number of first year students at Wageningen University in the current academic year has increased by almost twice the national growth at the universities. The intake at Van Hall Larenstein has grown by 6 percent, which equals the average rate in the higher applied education (HBO) segment.

News headlines in Augustus last year placed the increase of the number of first years in universities at 25 percent. This figure was later reduced to 12.5 percent. The actual student growth throughout the country was finally placed at 8.8 percent by the Higher Education Press Agency (HOP). The earlier figures were inaccurate because Maastricht University had counted pre-registrations which did not lead to corresponding applications.
WU and VHL
The figures revealed by Wageningen University at the beginning of October last year were correct. The influx of first years from preparatory scientific education (VWO) classes grew by 17.1 percent in Wageningen, outdoing other universities except the University of Amsterdam, which has a higher growth of 18.2 percent.
Resource reported in October that the growth at Van Hall Larenstein would be about 14 percent. This turned out to be incorrect; the intake figures were not yet adjusted then. The intake for this university of applied sciences grew by 6.1 percent, including secondary influxes from middle-level applied education (MBO) classes. This brings VHL to the level of the national growth average of 6 percent in the HBO segment.
The growth of almost nine percent in the universities at the national level is exceptional. The growth in the past years was between zero and four percent. According to Statistics Netherlands, there were 4.2 percent more 18-year-olds in 2009 than in the preceding year. However, the number of 18-year-olds has dropped slightly in 2010 by about 2 percent compared to 2009.
It is still too early to make a prognosis based on pre-registrations for the next academic year. A realistic picture will emerge usually at the start of May.