The two-year Social Sciences Master's should stay, says a report by a commission led by Professor Arthur Mol.
The commission concluded that shortening the Master's would not be a good idea. Their two-year Master's is exactly what makes Wageningen graduates unique. Mol: ‘It may be profitable to shorten the Master's to one year, but it makes for very limited programmes. It leaves no room for special competencies, such as international experience and the integration of natural and social science knowledge. Students with a broad background who can also delve deep: that is our strength. So the question is, do you want to change that?'
In order to be able to go on funding the two-year Master's, the current programme needs restructuring, says Mol. ‘It needs to be more focussed. The programmes now involve several chair groups. That is costly, so a reorganization in that area could make big savings.'