The growth in the number of new students at Wageningen University has slowed down. The steep growth of the past years at both the university and the applied sciences university Van Hall Larenstein appears to be levelling off, according to figures from Studielink, the company which gathers information on applications for Dutch universities.
VHL has received fewer registrations from new students this year compared with the same time last year. The latest figures dated end July show a shrinkage of 2 percent compared with the year before.
The spectacular growth of Master's students has somewhat quietened down too. Last year, 1486 students embarked on one of 29 MSc programmes. The university expects that this number will stabilize this year with a slight rise.
Many MSc students come from other countries, with thousands applying for a course in Wageningen at the same time. As many of them will not succeed, for example, to get a scholarship, only 10 percent of them will end up eventually with a course of study. This year has seen the award of fewer scholarships than the years before; however, the number of students who pay their own way has increased.