Number of Master's degrees awarded up by one third.
Likely reasons increased enrolments and slow student fine.
But 2012 was also the year of the slow student fine. Anyone who took a year longer to graduate than was allowed faced a stiff fine in the form of raised tuition fees. This motivated a lot of students to put in a final spurt so as to finish off their degree courses before the start of the next academic year. The slow student fine was then retracted by the new Dutch cabinet.
Although more Master's degree holders have entered the job market, this has had little impact on the percentage of Wageningen graduates who found a job straightaway. More graduates had to accept a job below their level of qualification, however.