Nieuws - 1 december 2011

Wageningen looks after active and unlucky students

Wageningen spends the most money by far on students who take longer to complete their studies due to circumstances beyond their control or a year on an executive board.

This emerged from findings published on Monday by national students' union LSVb.
Wageningen University reserves almost 2 million euros in the profileringsfonds [profiling fund]: an average of 302 euros per student. By way of comparison, Utrecht University has 33 euros for each student. These kinds of funds are meant for students who are chronically ill or disabled, as well as for student executives, top sports personalities and talented students from outside Europe who cannot afford the high tuition fees. Each institution may decide for itself how much money it puts into these funds.
‘We think the profileringsfonds is very important,' says Liesbeth van der Linden, administrative officer at Education & Research. With the proviso that the figures are not entirely comparable. For example, Wageningen University uses about a quarter of the available 2 million euros to pay for the two-year MSc programme in Social Sciences. It also makes almost 900,000 euros available for scholarships for non-European students.
In addition, the FOS portion - the financial support for student executives - is relatively high. Van der Linden: ‘Wageningen is a small city with a small university. But we have the full range of student organizations: student societies, sport clubs, choirs, study societies.'
The LSVb study also reveals that applied sciences universities are less generous than universities. According to the LSVb, this is because students at applied sciences universities are less aware of the existence of the fund. Van Hall Larenstein is not among the top ten in the LSVb study.