MAASTRICHT. The preliminary figures indicate that the number of first-year bachelor's and master's students has risen by 4.7 per cent to a total of 7,114, after a minor dip last year. Almost all faculties have contributed to this increase, except for Psychology and Neurosciences (minus 2.4 per cent).
In particular the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, which in addition to a number of master’s programmes also has the bachelor's at University College Maastricht and Venlo, the Maastricht Science Program and Knowledge Engineering, has risen considerably (up 30 per cent). The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, growing 9 per cent, is on the rise too, just like the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences (up 4.8 per cent).
It would seem that Dutch school-leavers have found their way back to the Maastricht bachelor’s programmes; their numbers rose by 8 per cent. The extra recruitment effort among Dutch school-leavers, is proving successful.
At the moment (reference date end September), 17,576 students are registered for a study programme at the UM, which is 715 more than last year. The largest group (almost 47 per cent) is Dutch, followed by Germans (almost 23 per cent) and Belgians (7.4 per cent).
The large majority of UM students still come from Europe (94.1 per cent), although the percentage of students from other continents is increasing slowly (5.9 per cent).
Final registration figures are expected in December.