Wageningen number 1 again in Guide to Higher Education

WUR scores highest for the sixteenth consecutive year.
The campus. Photo: Spread the WURd

Nine WUR-programmes were awarded the predicate ‘top study’, down from fifteen last year. WUR’s total score is down by one point from 74 to 73. Second to WUR is Twente University (68.6) followed by the Open University (67) in third place. Radboud University Nijmegen scores highest among the classical universities with 63.5 points.

Like last year, Wageningen Plant Sciences was rated best Bachelor in the Netherlands with 95 points, followed by Archeology in Groningen (93). The other top studies in Wageningen are Biology (86), Molecular Life Sciences(86), Agro-Technology (80), Business and Consumer Sciences (78), Forest and Nature Management (78), Food Technology (78), International Land and Water Management (75) and Soil, Water and Atmosphere (75).

New method

The Guide to Higher Education 2021 was created differently than usual. Due to the corona pandemic, the National Student Survey (Dutch acronym NSE) was cancelled. The NSE is an annual survey in which almost all students in higher education are asked to give their opinion on all aspects of their education. Last year’s assessments were used for this year’s guide, which results in a ranking that is largely similar to that of last year. The differences in the guide result from the fact that the so-called expert-opinions of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (Dutch acronym NVAO) were not included in this year’s edition. Moreover, student success, measured by the number of students that enrol for a two-year trajectory and how many graduate without delay, carries more weight

Dean of education Arnold Bregt is content. ‘We have seen an increase in student numbers. With nine out of nineteen programmes qualified as top study, we are doing well. Particularly if you take into account that the guide employs a different method.’ Bregt expects the lower number of top-studies to be the result of excluding the expert opinions of the NVAO. ‘We had many programmes that were labelled “good”. That is now no longer included in the score, which shows immediate effect. The measuring instrument you use determines what you see.’

List of the Wageningen bachelors

Plan Sciences95
Molecular Life Sciences86
Business and Consumer Sciences78
Forest and Nature Management78
Food Technology78
International Land and Water Management75
Soil, Water and Atmosphere75
International Development Studies74
Health and Society73
Environmental Sciences73
Animal Sciences73
Nutrition and Health69
Communication and Life Sciences69
Economy and Governance64
Tourism (joint degree)63
Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning62
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