11 years in a row best university full-time education

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11 years in a row best university full-time education

Published on
November 2, 2015

For the 11th consecutive year, Wageningen University is the best university in The Netherlands. The study guide 'Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016' of the Centre for Higher Education Information (CHOI) also qualifies most studies as Top-quality programme. The university proves that quality of education can go hand in hand with growing student numbers. ‘That’s a performance in itself,’ states the Keuzegids.

In the whole of The Netherlands, 52 programmes have been qualified as 'Top-quality programmes', so that means a quarter of them are in Wageningen. The Keuzegids was published on 2 Novembre 2015.

Best programmes

Wageningen University saw all its study programmes get good reviews. Out of the 19 bachelor programmes, 15 were qualified as 'Top-quality programme' by the Keuzegids. Top-quality means that they were given a score of 76 or higher (out of 100). All programmes were rated by education experts and students. The three courses with the highest scores are the Wageningen University bachelor programmes Plant Sciences (92), Molecular Life Sciences (90) and International Land and Water Management (90).

Best university

Wageningen University is also declared the 'Best University for full-time education in the Netherlands', with a score of 75 (out of 100). Next best were the Open University (that offers part-time education) with a score of 72 and TU Eindhoven (65).

Excellent international reputation

International rankings also show that Wageningen University delivers education and research of world-class quality. This year, Wageningen University secured a 47th place on the renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings, so Wageningen University can now officially call itself one of the fifty best universities in the world. Excellent results in the area of research, teaching and citations compared with other universities were largely responsible for Wageningen’s high score. Furthermore, Wageningen finished way ahead of all other Dutch universities on this list. Wageningen University was also placed first on the National Taiwan University Ranking in the category Agriculture.

BSc Programme Rankings Keuzegids Universiteiten 2016'

(Top-quality programme is 76 and up)
Plantenwetenschappen 92
Internationaal Land- en Waterbeheer 90
Moleculaire Levenswetenschappen 90
Agrotechnologie 86
Biologie 86
Biotechnologie 86
Levensmiddelentechnologie 86
Milieuwetenschappen 86
Voeding en Gezondheid 82
Bodem, Water, Atmosfeer 78
Bos- en Natuurbeheer 78
Bedrijfs- en Consumentenwetenschappen 76
Communicatiewetenschappen 76
Dierwetenschappen 76
Landschapsarchitectuur en Ruimtelijke Planning 76
Economie en Beleid 74
Gezondheid en Maatschappij 74
Internationale Ontwikkelingsstudies 74
Tourism (joint degree met NHTV Breda) 62

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