Unemployment among WUR alumni has fallen from 13 per cent in 2013 to 8 per cent in 2017, according to the latest National Alumni Survey by the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU).
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Silvia Blok, labour market employee at WUR, is pleased with the fall of 5 percentage points in four years. ‘We’re over the crisis low point.’ However, WUR alumni do take slightly longer to find their first job after graduating: 3.7 months compared with the national average of 2.7 months.
Many Wageningen alumni go on to do a PhD: 21 per cent compared with an average of 12 per cent for all Dutch universities. ‘That has been the case for years,’ says Blok. ‘WUR is a real research university and that is reflected in the figures.’
Another striking result is that 40 per cent of WUR alumni did an internship abroad during their Master’s as opposed to the national average of 16 per cent. WUR alumni were also relatively likely to be living abroad at the time of the survey (27 per cent versus 14 per cent). Education & Student Affairs says this is because of the large number of international students doing Master’s degrees at Wageningen: nearly 40 per cent of MSc students are from abroad.