Faculty Arts and Social Sciences sees number of first-years drop

Psychology and Humanities and Sciences growing fast


MAASTRICHT. Less enthusiasm for the bachelor’s and master’s programmes of Arts and Social Sciences, but considerably more for the bachelor’s of Psychology and Knowledge Engineering. This is what the latest Maastricht University registration figures show.

More new first-year bachelor’s students (almost 4 per cent) came to Maastricht in September than a year ago. The influx of master’s students also increased slightly (about 1 per cent). At the moment, Maastricht University has a total of 16,800 students.

The Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, which started an English bachelor’s programme last September, and the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) are responsible for the increase. The number of newcomers at Psychology increased by no less than 60 per cent: from 305 first-year students in 2014 to 490 now. At FHS, growth figures were less spectacular, but still more than 20 per cent: from 307 first-year students in 2014 to 371 now. In particular Knowledge Engineering is doing well, but the influx for the Science Programme has risen too.

The other faculties saw their numbers of first-year bachelor’s students drop. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences lost most (6 per cent), followed by Law (almost 5 per cent), the School of Business and Economics (2.6 per cent) and finally the Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences, with a drop of just over 1 per cent.

FASoS also sees the enthusiasm for its master’s programmes decrease (14 per cent fewer registrations). Even the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences is suffering (5 per cent). On the other hand, Law (plus 1.5 per cent), SBE (plus 6.8) and especially FHS (plus 44 per cent) do well to very well.

As far as the distribution among nationalities is concerned: half of all Maastricht students are Dutch, almost one quarter comes from Germany, 6 per cent is Belgian. Almost 15 per cent is from another EU country. The others, almost 5 per cent, are from Asia, Africa, North America, Central or South America or Oceania.



Author: Riki Janssen
Categories: News

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