Programme Committees

A programme committee (PC) is primarily responsible for the content and quality of its accompanying bachelor and/or master programmes at Wageningen University. The PC reports to the Board of Education (BoE), the single board for all degree programmes at the university, established by the Executive Board.

Each PC consists of 6, 8 or 10 members, half staff members and half students. The term for student members is one year and the term for staff members is two years. Members can be reappointed twice. Most PCs have an executive committee consisting of one student member, one staff and the programme director. The regulations may be different for the joint degrees.

Overview of duties and authorities

A Programme Committee has among others the following duties and authorities, within the setting of corporate WUR strategies, policies and regulations:

  • annually evaluating the quality of the education provided in the programme and encouraging quality enhancement;
  • defining a coherent curriculum of a programme which meets the learning outcomes and evaluating learning outcomes of individual courses;
  • signalling if the entire set of courses has sufficient scientific content, meets the needs of the professional field and offers a sufficient variety of learning methods;
  • annually approving certain paragraphs of the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) and advise on other paragraphs;
  • guarantee a proper execution of the EER;
  • representing the programme during the visitation process by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

The PC also advises on topics that relate directly to the quality of education in the degree programmes, such as academic skills and setting a numerus fixus for programmes.

Accountability

Each year, the Programme Committee reports to the Board of Education the quality of education in the accompanying degree programmes by means of a report on ‘Plans for enhancement’.

Overview of all 24 Programme Committees of Wageningen University

BSc Agrotechnologie, MSc Biosystems Engineering (BAT/MAB)

Chair Wilko van Loon
Secretary Suzanna Overtoom
Programme director Wilko van Loon
Contact by Myriam Klaassen

BSc Animal Sciences, MSc Animal Sciences (BAS/MAS)

Chair Henk Bovenhuis
Secretary Sander Kranenbarg
Programme director René Kwakkel
Contact by Francine Wartena

MSc Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management (MAM)

Chair Rolf Groeneveld
Secretary Gijs Elkhuizen
Programme director Gijs Elkhuizen
Contact by Gijs Elkhuizen

Own webpage on Sharepoint

BSc Bedrijfs- en Consumentenwetenschappen, BSc Economie en Beleid, MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (BBC/BEB/MME)

Chair Jack Peerlings
Secretary Paul Berentsen
Programme director Paul Berentsen
Contact by Paul Berentsen

Own webpage on Sharepoint.

MSc Biobased Sciences (MBS)

Chair Sonja Isken
Programme director Sonja Isken
Secretary Myriam Klaassen
Contact by mbt.msc@wur

BSc Biologie, MSc Biology (BBI/MBI)

Chair Jan Kammenga
Secretary Marjolijn Coppens
Programme director Marjolijn Coppens
Contact by Marjolijn Coppens

Own webpage on Sharepoint

BSc Biotechnologie, MSc Biotechnology, MSc Bioinformatics (BBT/MBT/MBF)

Chair Sonja Isken
Programme director Sonja Isken
Secretary Myriam Klaassen
Contact by mbt.msc@wur

BSc Bos- en Natuurbeheer, MSc Forest and Nature Conservation (BBN/MFN)

Chair Birgit Elands
Secretary Brigitte van Beek
Programme director Gijs Elkhuizen
Contact by Gijs Elkhuizen or Office MCL

MSc Climate Studies (MCL)

Chair Laurens Ganzeveld
Secretary Marjo Lexmond
Programme director Marjo Lexmond
Contact by Marjo Lexmond

BSc Communcation and Life Sciences, BSc Gezondheid en Maatschappij, MSc Communication, Health and Life Sciences (BCL/BGM/MCH)

MSc Development and Rural Innovation (MDR)

Chair Conny Almekinders
Secretary Maria Smetsers
Programme director Maria Smetsers
Contact by Maria Smetsers

BSc Environmental Sciences, MSc Environmental Sciences, MSc Urban Environmental Management (BES/MES/MUE)

Chair Karen Fortuin
Secretary Marjo Lexmond
Programme director Marjo Lexmond
Contact by Marjo Lexmond or Office Environmental Sciences

MSc Food Safety, MSc Food Quality Management + Food Safety (BFQ/MFS)

Chair Martine Reij / Hanna Schebesta (co-chair)
Secretary Marlène Janssen
Programme director Ralf Hartemink
Contact by Marlène Janssen

BSc Food Technology, MSc Food Technology (BFT/MFT)

Chair Julia Diederen
Secretary Marlène Janssen
Programme director Ralf Hartemink
Contact by Marlène Janssen

MSc Geo-Information Science (MGI)

Chair Sytze de Bruin
Secretary Brigitte van Beek
Programme director Gijs Elkhuizen
Contact by Gijs Elkhuizen

BSc Internationale Ontwikkelingsstudies, MSc International Development Studies (BIN/MID)

Chair Cees Leeuwis
Secretary Maria Smetsers
Programme director Maria Smetsers
Contact by Maria Smetsers

BSc International land and water management, MSc International Land and water management (BIL/MIL)

Chair Klaas Metselaar
Secretary Alex Bolding
Programme director Bert Bruins
Contact by Saliha Ahdour

BSc Landschapsarchitectuur en Ruimtelijke Planning, MSc Landscape Architecture and Planning (BLP/MLP)

Chair Martijn Duineveld
Programme director Hetty van der Stoep
Secretary Hilde Holleman
Contact by Hilde Holleman

MSc Leisure, Tourism and Environment (MLE)

Chair Machiel Lamers
Programme director Jan Philipsen
Secretary Hilde Holleman
Contact by Hilde Holleman

BSc Moleculaire Levenswetenschappen, MSc Molecular Life Science (BML/MML)

Chair Sophie Wintermans
Secretary Monique Smaak
Programme director Wilko van Loon
Contact by Wilko van Loon

BSc Voeding en Gezondheid, MSc Nutrition and Health (BVG/MNH)

Chair Sander Kersten
Secretary Rolf Marteijn
Programme director Rolf Marteijn
Contact by bvg.mnh@wur.nl

MSc Organic Agriculture (MOA)

Chair Han Wiskerke
Secretary Anja Kuipers
Programme director Anja Kuipers
Contact by Petra van Baaren-Hegeman

BSc Plantenwetenschappen, MSc Plant Biotechnology, MSc Plant Sciences (BPW/MPB/MPS)

Chair Arjen Schots
Secretary Anja Kuipers
Programme director Anja Kuipers
Contact by Petra van Baaren-Hegeman

BSc Soil, Water, Atmosphere and MSc Earth and Environment (BSW/MEE)

Chair Jakob Wallinga
Secretary Marjan Kampinga
Programme director Arnold Moene
Contact by Jakob Wallinga

Overview of the 3 Joint Degrees with a separate PC and own Board of Education

MSc Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MADE)

Partner University Delft University of Technology
Chair Clemens Driessen and Ruben Buno Heslinga
Programme Director Arjen Zegwaard
Secretary Annelies van Rooy
Contact by Annelies van Rooy

BSc Tourism (BTO)

Partner University Breda University of Applied Sciences (NHTV)
Chair Rene van der Duim
Programme Director Jan Philipsen
Secretary Hilde Holleman
Contact by Hilde Holleman

MSc Water Technology (MWT)