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Number of first-years up

Fasos decreases, SBE increases

MAASTRICHT. The number of first-year students at Maastricht University has increased by 3.8 per cent. The total (bachelor’s and master’s) comes to 6,611 newcomers, 240 more than last year.

In 2013, the influx dropped slightly by 1 per cent, but according to the university that was a result of the numerus clausus at the bachelor’s programmes of Psychology and Law. Both studies had fewer registrations than the number of available places. The law faculty has abolished its numerus clausus again and the number of newcomers has already increased by almost 24 per cent (total of 635); for psychology, the entry restrictions are subject of discussion throughout the country, but the Maastricht faculty has also experienced an increase (5.9 per cent more first-years for the bachelor’s, almost 21 per cent extra in the master’s). The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences also shows an upward trend (10 per cent for the bachelor’s programmes such as University College and Knowledge Engineering, 7 per cent for the master’s).

The Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences has fewer bachelor’s students this year. The decrease of almost 8 per cent (from 970 to 894) is solely due to Biomedical Sciences. Enthusiasm for this study has dropped from 226 students last year to 158 now. Does this have anything to do with the low appreciation in the KeuzeGids and Elsevier? Mirjam Oude Egbrink, scientific director of the education institute, does not rule out this possibility. “But we also see a decrease of about 20 per cent on a national level. However, we do not have the final figures yet.” Arts and Social Sciences sees a drop in both the bachelor’s (more than 16 per cent) and the master’s (3.6 per cent). Here it is the English programme of Arts and Culture that is lagging behind, although there is also a slight decline for European Studies. The reason? Dean Rein de Wilde: “That’s what we want to find out. One thing is clear: we have much fewer German students. I have heard that Nijmegen and Groningen have the same problem. Rotterdam has launched a similar programme, starting with no fewer than eighty students in their first year. They present themselves as International Arts and Culture. Perhaps we don’t emphasise that aspect enough. It may also be that accreditation plays a role, but in that case European Studies should suffer too.”

At the School of Business and Economics, interest has risen in the bachelor’s (7.6 per cent), but there was a decrease in popularity for the master’s (9.2 per cent).

In total, the master’s programmes rose more (6 per cent; a total of 2,754) than the bachelor’s programmes (2.3 per cent; a total of 3,756). The majority of the first-year students in both the master’s and the bachelor’s programmes are Dutch, followed by the Germans, Belgians and students from the rest of the European Union. In the master’s programmes the considerable increase of Asian and Southern and Central American students is striking.

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