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WUR boosts sustainability (and students) with five new master’s programmes

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March 1, 2022

Starting from the academic year 2022-2023, Wageningen University & Research replaces the MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (MME), with five new business and economics related programmes with a keen focus on sustainability. Graduates really know how to accelerate the shift to a sustainable society.

The MME master is an established, well-reviewed master. Since its launch in 2000, it has delivered a few thousand graduates. So why change it, we asked programme director Paul Berentsen: “Indeed, MME received a good assessment from the visitation committee in 2018. But we also received feedback from students that the programme was too broad, lacking a clear profile, and that they wanted more depth.”

Stronger profile

So the university really listened to a university committee that investigated the depth and the profile of MME and its specializations. Paul explains: “We got green light for the development of five specialistic master's with more focus. That gives our graduates a stronger profile for potential employers. And as typical boundary crossers, our students learn even more to work with and connect people from different departments and backgrounds.”

The new programmes

Agri-food

Together with the chair groups involved we also placed the content of the programmes in the context of today’s societal challenges , he continues: “Most of the  master's start for example with a course on the grand challenges of sustainability. There is also a lot of attention for the agri-food sector as well. Sustainability and Agri-food have been our university’s focal points for years, and not without reason.