Photographer:Fotograaf: Valentin Colomme
MAASTRICHT. With almost 2,300 prospective students, the Maastricht University’s spring Bachelor's Open Day last Saturday had more visitors than ever before. Especially the Dutch study programmes of Medicine and Health Sciences were popular (both more than four hundred visitors). During the Open Day last autumn, on the other hand, there was a lot of interest in the Bachelor's programmes in English. Biomedical Sciences (328), Psychology (446), Knowledge Technology (115), and Maastricht Science Programme (113) also had more interest than last year. Arts & Culture and Arts and Social Sciences, on the other hand, only had 94 visitors (in spring of 2016 the number was 125).
Remarkable is the rise in the number of Dutch school-leavers who visited the Open Day - last year in March there were 1,228, this time there were 1,525. It seems that the new recruitment policy, focussing especially on Dutch prospective students, is proving fruitful. This actually concerns 4th- and 5th-year pupils in Pre-University education. Many 6th-years have already made their choice. This is because those who want to do a study programme with intake restrictions – such as International Business, Psychology, Medicine, and Economics and Business Economics in Maastricht - have to register before 15 January. Months earlier than is normally the case – except for Medicine, a programme that already had the deadline of 15 January last year – because the central selection procedure for programmes with intake restrictions has been abolished. As of this year, they need to select their student themselves. And that takes time.
Interest from Germans, Belgians and British prospective students has dropped somewhat, which is set off by greater interest from Italians and Spanish candidates.