The Wageningen Bachelor’s programmes look set to draw at least four percent more school leavers than last year. The biggest growth in applications has been for Food Technology and the new programme Health and Society. Applications for Molecular sciences are down by more than half, according to application statistics from the national IB group.
One of the programmes with fewer applications is Animal Sciences. The programme is now back at the level of three years ago, after attracting considerably larger numbers in the last couple of years. Programme coordinator Dr René Kwakkel: ‘We are noticing that an increasing number of high-school graduates are choosing to go first to more vocational colleges. They regard these as an easier option, where the study is practically oriented, and they do not necessarily have to done specific right subjects at school. Our master’s programme also fits well with the animal courses at the agricultural colleges. The effect of broadening the programme to include companion animals now also seems to be declining, compared with a few years ago. / JH