MAASTRICHT. No less than 870 enrolments for two hundred places. University College Maastricht is becoming more and more renowned throughout the world and that seems to be paying off. Dean Harm Hospers thinks that their first place in the KeuzeGids 2014 has also helped.
Of the 870 candidates (against 790 last year), 460 are through to the second round on the basis of their list of grades and personal statement (why did they choose this study programme?). The second round consists of a 30-minute interview with two members of staff – either in person or using Skype – in which prospective students are asked to explain why they want to do a broad bachelor’s study and why in Maastricht. Most of them specifically opt for this programme, says Hospers. This is reflected in the College’s high performance rate: 85 per cent completes the bachelor’s within four years.
All staff members participate in the interviews, says Hospers who himself will be present at fifty interviews. Many candidates are from the European Union, but the group from outside the EU is growing. In addition, more and more students apply for scholarships. “We are able to grant five. It is unfortunate that we don’t have more,” says the dean. Part of the scholarships (21 thousand euro per year, per student) is paid from the extra tuition fees; the rest comes from the budget.
Hospers expects that UCM will eventually offer a place to approximately 360 candidates. “We will then end up with about two hundred students. They often enrol in several places.” If the number turns out to be greater, that won’t be a problem. “We can handle a few more.”