Wageningen again and again rated best university of the Netherlands

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Wageningen again and again rated best university of the Netherlands

Published on
November 15, 2018

Wageningen University & Research has been chosen as the “Best University” for the 14th consecutive time. Of the 19 Wageningen Bachelor’s programmes, 13 were designated as “Top Programmes”. The university as a whole scored 74 points, the highest national score by far. The headline “Wageningen wins again” appears on the Guide to Higher Education (Keuzegids) for 2019, which was released today.

The 2019 Guide to Higher Education is a resource for selecting the right study programme ahead of time and it is released annually. Each of the 13 degree programmes with the Top Programme designation received more than 75 points. Hundreds of programmes across the country were assessed, 69 of which received the “Top Programme” honour. All Wageningen study programmes scored at least 70 points. The lowest-scoring Wageningen programme still did well when compared to similar programmes provided elsewhere, enough so that the Guide to Higher Education frequently lists them as “recommended”. The Plant Sciences degree programme even earned itself the national top score of 98 points. Forest and Nature Management took second place with 94 points. Molecular Life Sciences scored exceptionally high as well.

WUR recorded 1738 first-year students, which is once again a greater number than the year before. In spite of student numbers growing annually, Wageningen continues to be “very highly regarded among students” according to the Guide to Higher Education. The guide authors wrote things such as “Wageningen University is still the undisputed winner” and “The students don’t feel like statistics”.

Rector Arthur Mol is pleased to maintain the quality while student numbers are continuously increasing: "Here we see the great merits of the teachers and the staff who contribute to the constant educational innovation, such as study facilities."

The scores reported by the guide pertain to various aspects of the study programmes, such as the study feasibility, study facilities, contact hours, focus on practice, or the quality of lecturers. The 2019 Guide to Higher Education is based on a number of sources, including select questions from the National Student Survey (NSE), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen) (study success), the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (labour market), and the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) (accreditations).

Keuzegids Universiteiten 2019. F. Steenkamp, L. de Adelhart Toorop, J. van Pelt. Leiden, C.H.O.I., november 2018. 232 p. ISBN: 978-9087610746.

Score (punten) per opleiding
Plant Sciences 98
Forest and Nature Conservation 94
Moleculair Life Sciences 86
Agrotechnology 84
Biology 84
Biotechnology 84
International Land and Watermanagement 84
Foodtechnology 84
Environmental Sciences 80
Nutrition and Health 80
Soil, Water, Atmosphere 78
Animal Sciences 76
Tourism (Joint degree, Breda en Wageningen) 76
Communication and Life Sciences 74
International Development Studies 72
Business and Consumer Studies 70
Economics and Policy 72
Health and Society 70
Landscape Architecture and Planning 70