Photographer:Fotograaf: Harry Heuts
MAASTRICHT. More than three thousand school-leavers visited the Bachelor’s Open Day last Saturday, which, just like the one in 2015, was the busiest ever.
Even though the large majority was Dutch (almost two thirds of the total number of visitors), there was a lot of interest in the study programmes in English, just like in previous years. The exception was Medicine, the programme that attracted more than six hundred prospective students. In the lead were the programmes of International Business and Economics and Business Economics, with 960 visitors. European Law School, the English track of Psychology, European Studies, and Biomedical Sciences each provided information to more than three-hundred people. There was considerably less interest in the Dutch studies such as Arts and Social Sciences, Law and the Dutch track of Psychology.
The tremendous drop in visitors to the University College Maastricht – ‘top study programme’ according to the latest Keuzegids - is remarkable. Last year, 369 people showed an interest, but last Saturday the number was 40 per cent less (230). “We had a peak last year,” explains Judith Buddenberg from UCM. “Besides, many prospective students sign up for our Experience Days. We are admitting more school-leavers this year and we’ve increased the frequency.” UCM opens its doors at least once a month.
As far as nationalities are concerned, most foreign visitors came from Germany (455), Belgium (227) and Italy (86). The number of British citizens has dropped by almost half, from 70 (last year) to 40.
The number of interactive sessions this year has been bumped up. The law faculty organised simulation court cases, while Knowledge Engineering enabled its visitors to meet robots. The doors to the skills labs were open in Randwyck and it was possible to sit in on lab demonstrations. The Student Services Centre held another Talk2Students event, in which Dutch and foreign students could ask a fellow countryman questions about money matters, housing or career options.
The next open day will be on Saturday, 18 February 2017. The latter usually attracts fewer visitors. Besides, school-leavers who want to do a study programme at the UM where numbers are restricted – International Business, Psychology, Medicine, and Economics and Business Economics – must register before 15 January. A new rule requires that all Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences select their own students, which has brought the application date forward.