News - August 19, 2010

More registrations at WU and VHL

Wageningen University has almost nine percent more pre-registrations of first year students. Interest for the programmes at Van Hall Larenstein has gone up by six percent.

The preliminary registrations for the Bachelor's programmes at Wageningen University see a growth of 8.9 percent from that of the previous year. The number of registrations this week last year was 885, while the count this year is at 964. The growth is partly due to the new Bachelor's programme in Tourism, for which 26 people have signed up. Nutrition and health has grown to become one of the biggest programmes, with 106 registrations. Molecular Life Sciences has 55 registrations, a doubling in two years' time. The smaller programmes Public Health & Society and Agrotechnology have also attracted more students.
Biology and Animal Sciences
The registrations for the biggest Wageningen study programme, Biology, have dropped somewhat from 134 to 118. This may be due to national admission criteria which make a complete physics curriculum in the secondary school a prerequisite.
In the meantime, the Wageningen study programme Animal Sciences sees a big leap from 55 to 93 pre-registrations. Physics is not a compulsory subject for this programme; this could partly explain the increased interest in Animal Sciences.
The number of Master's students may also increase. The Student Services Centre is expecting more international students this year.
Applied sciences university
The registrations at Van Hall Larenstein are 6 percent higher than that of last year. In Leeuwarden, the biggest programme at Wageningen UR, Animal Management, now has 269 registrations (was 247 last year). Environmental Sciences has also grown. In Velp, the interest for Forest and Nature Management is up by forty percent to 181 registrations, but that of Garden and Landscape Architecture lags behind (182 registrations compared to 204 last year). With 171 registrations for all its programmes, the small VHL branch in Wageningen suffers a small loss. The three VHL branches have a total of 1258 registrations.
Countrywide, enrolments have increased by 0.4 percent at the universities, according to the higher education news agency HOP. The health sector has registered a growth of 5 percent; behaviour and society, almost 8 percent. But interest in language, culture, law and technique has fallen.
Enrolments in the higher professional education sector have gone up by 6.4 percent. This is mainly due to the influx of students who have switched from other programmes, adds HOP. The number of first years coming directly from secondary schools has actually fallen by 1.6 percent, and for agricultural education, by 5 percent even. How this influx will work out precisely will only be clear after 1 October. Until then, students can still cancel their registrations or enrol with the higher education institutions.