Number of professors, July 2020
Rector magnificus 1
President Executive Board 1
Director Education Institute 1
Chair plan 94
Special professors:
- Business (0,2 fte) 18
- Sister institutions (0.2 fte) 28
- WUR 16
- Legacy 1
- Philosophical (0,2 fte) 2
Personal chairs 70
Distinghuised Professors 2
International education 3
Others 6
Professor of other University 1
Total 237

This table lists the funding sources for all chairs at Wageningen University. The term ‘Chair plan’ refers to the chairs that are governed by the structural chair plan of the university. These chairs are funded directly by the resources that Wageningen University receives from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ).

Personal professorships are also paid from these resources, but these chairs are linked personally to an outstanding researcher. Consequently, these are not included in the structural chair plan.

The special professorships are usually limited-term appointments (often for a period of 5 years). Moreover, these are always part time, usually for 1 day per week. In contrast, the ‘regular’ professorships governed by the chair plan are almost always full time. These special professorships are usually funded by external parties (companies, consortia, foundations, affiliated institutions, etc.). The disciplines that are represented by the special professorships complement the chairs in the chair plan; they are also assessed on their scientific relevance. Wageningen chair holders, and sometimes external scientists, are involved in this assessment. Furthermore, the scientific qualities of the candidates are carefully evaluated. These chairs – in addition to broadening the scientific scope – also ensure that Wageningen science is linked with society. Partly as a result, Wageningen UR is solidly anchored in society, which contributes to the realisation of its motto ‘For Quality of Life’.

The special professorships on behalf of international education are chairs at the international institutes ITC Enschede and IHE Delft. This collaboration with Wageningen University makes it possible for both institutes to train international PhD students.