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Locations: Wageningen, The Netherlands
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  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Economics

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  • Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Environmental Sciences
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    Quality of Education

    Wageningen University and Research makes sure the student, after two years, has gained knowledge and new skills that will help the person in the job market. Lecturers and staff are dedicated to making sure the student has a good experience and gains knowledge.

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    Programme: Environmental Sciences
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2021
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Wageningen
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  • Environmental Sciences
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    Perfect study/social uni

    I have overall had a great experience at WUR. As an international student, I felt very much included very fast, because there as so many internationals, and the Dutch also practically all speak English there. The courses being offered in English also helped with this. The teachers speak very clearly during lectures overall and are of great help during tutorials, where you are in smaller groups of students to put into practice the theory learned in class. Also, the campus is very modern, the classrooms and library are well taken care of and even have adjustable tables and chairs, to help avoid back/neck/arm pain when studying. The university also allows each student to have a study advisor for academic orientation or personal questions, guiding the students through the process to make sure they achieve their academic goals in the most adequate way for them. The manner of learning is also very multidisciplinary, which I really enjoy because it helps to get an overview of the world’s problems from each side of the story, taking all into consideration.
    The student life in Wageningen is quite in a cozy atmosphere I must say, because the city is so small, everyone is connected somehow and it is very easy to make friends. Lots of parties are house parties or some casual pot-luck dinners with friends. But there are also some nice pubs or bars and restaurants in the cute city centre where you can enjoy a drink or meal on a terrace. You can get from any point A to point B within 15-20min maximum in Wageningen with your bike, so it’s really practical for going out, groceries, or not having to wake up too early for classes!
    Many extra-curricular activities are offered by associations, where you can get accustomed to
    Dutch culture, sustainability projects, sports, and parties! I recommend this university to anyone looking for a nice balance between social and study life.

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    Programme: Environmental Sciences
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Wageningen
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  • Economic Development ...
    and International Cooperation
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    Wageningen University: The most formative experience you will ever have!

    Studying at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has been not only an insightful and informative experience but also quite enlightening. Being awarded for the 17th consecutive year as the Best University in the Netherlands as well as being among the first 10th best Universities for Development Studies in the world, Wageningen University is sure the right fit you are looking for. Amongst the many lessons students take away after attending such University, the main important one is sure to think critically. As a matter of fact, WUR Professors’ teaching is carried out through the method of critical thinking. Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, studying and as a guide to belief and action. It is not only something you take with yourself and apply throughout those academic years at WUR but rather a way of living and experiencing life that shapes the latter in an indelible way.

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    Programme: Economic Development and International Cooperation
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: Wageningen
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  • Nutrition and ...
    Health
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    High Quality Online Learning Experience

    I decided to join the Online Master’s in Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health, offered part-time, from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) after carefully reading their course program and the reviews from former and current students because even knowing about the great reputation of WUR I wasn’t completely about how attending a Master’s program fully online would be.

    I’m still in my first semester but I can say that the courses were extremely well thought so the same quality of the in-campus course would be achieved. There is immense interaction between students and the docent team. The course also offers great flexibility, the clips and materials are always available at the beginning of each period so you can administrate your time as it better suits your needs. I have many colleagues working part-time and/or with small children so the format gives opportunities to people in different stages of their lives to continue their studies.

    I personally, still miss being able to meet my colleagues in person and visit the university building more often, but the format allows me to study in WUR without having to move to the city of Wageningen, and considering the situation we are still living in (covid-19 pandemic), we don’t have to adapt our studies every time new measures take place.

    All in all, I would definitely recommend this program to someone who needs flexibility and can self-manage their time.

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    Programme: Nutrition and Health
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2024
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Food Industry
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    I would look further than that

    I am glad someone else decided to publicly review some of the serious issues of supervision and administration. Years ago I was exhorted by an expat to operate on that kind of input.

    Sorry, really, but not very proud of having studied here. It feels like one got swindled. Not worth the positives (which can make quite a difference depending on your opinion and luck) nor the tuition fee expense if you come from outside Europe. Or even more, from outside their comfort zone.

    The point being in my last paragraph. In the meantime just bear with me with a little preamble.

    Before starting the period we were introduced to the scale of cultural differences. I remember like if it was yesterday when the speaker said: “Greeks have a very high, the highest, intolerance to uncertainty”. Imagine that. (That compass is so full of gems.)

    You might think it is quite inappropriate and even insulting to use a bogus study to stereotype nationalities, but given such spirit, one should feel licensed as well to make generalizations about the hosts and even more so considering their relatively small level of ethnic fragmentation. In this light, let me tell you that in the Netherlands you are to face one of the most uncertain avoidant societies… ever. And not just in terms of perceived attitudes (like an obsession with planning, rejection of improvisation or qualms against anyone who doesn’t fil with their mold of ‘normality’, among numerous other things), but even on a symbolic level: just look at the nondescriptive and repetitive housing architectural themes, over and over again, for example.

    Anyway, drawing from the issue of thesis supervision briefly addressed by the other user, I could talk not just about conflicts of interests, but also of a discouraging degree of cynicism. I am not allowed to go into specifics, but since we are in generalization mode: I personally resent the way they pretend to coerce students and manipulate them, all in the name of “maintaining the level” (the average that is) while selling you an image of academic freedom. These people are not above harassing, intimidating, gaslighting and scapegoating students; moreover, one can find themself receiving uneven demands (that they don’t apply to themselves nor their own people), incomplete information and sometimes just plain bad faith. Counselors can’t or won’t do much and try to minimize these happenings. Even many students seem to pretend that it’s healthier to collectively shrug their shoulders and say “this is just how it is”. Please, don’t fall for that and do not hesitate to address these issues and complaints to an external civil servant available. And if that doesn’t work, well, you can always signal other “powers that be”.

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    Programme: Food Industry
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2017
    Campus: Wageningen
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  • Business Management
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    good for environmental and food sciences, bad for economic-related programme

    Wageningen University is a great place to study agricultural and food science. However, if you are looking for business, economics and management-related subjects, I would NOT recommend this university. I had a horrible experience in writing my thesis in the department of Social science, more specifically the chair group of BMO (business management and organisation). I have never seen such high conflict of interest among the professors and researchers inside an organisation: most of the professors just don’t talk to each other or disagree with each other; if a student has two supervisors for thesis, then the student can’t proceed in writing the thesis because the professors just can’t agree between them for the topic chosen by the student; if there is a complaint from student or other external people, they just don’t care at all.
    I spent 7 horrible months in the department of BMO writing my thesis. I was assigned a supervisor who never replied to my emails. I only had two meeting with him at beginning of my thesis, each one of 10 minutes without getting any feedback for my thesis. Finally, I had even to delay my graduation for few months at my own expenses because I didn’t get authorization to defend my thesis from my supervisor and I couldn’t reach him (by email or in person as he was never in the office). Not even the secretary of the department knows where and when i can see him.
    Eventually, I even got the lowest mark (6) for my thesis. I reported these malpractices to the Board of the university. Hopefully, the board recognized the seriousness of this problem and took action to increase the mark of my thesis for a little bit.
    I reported these malpractices also to the chairman of BMO department, which was the department where i spent time in writing my thesis, as this experience wasted my time and the result of my study could have a negative impact on my future career. He apologized for this experience and promised to provide me support (like suggestions for PhD and job, letter of recommendation for job or Phd…). However, a month later I wrote him a few emails asking for what he promised, and I never got any replies from him. This shows the lack of reliability and respect of the professors and people working inside this department.
    Unfortunately, I also saw a few of my friends who had a bad experience in this department.
    All in all, Wageningen University is considered a good place to study agri-food and biotechnology sciences, but not in the field of management and economics. I would suggest you to keep away from the chair group of Business Management and Organisation because they are not believable.

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    Programme: Business Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Wageningen
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    21 Apr, 2020
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    Sai
    By studying your review I'm getting into fear are you really sure that the biotechnology departments are good at Wageningen university as I'm from a middle-class family from India and I can't afford the waste of time and money please do reply to me, please Email: [email protected]
    01 Mar, 2021
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    Kh
    Is there any one who can say why are many ppl not enrolling in the masters programe even after getting their admit in Agriculture and food sciences... I mean this is supposed to be the worlds best university according to many rankings.
  • Business and ...
    Administration
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    department of social science awful!!!

    Wageningen University is a great place to study agricultural and food science. However, if you are looking for business, economics and management related subjects, I would NOT recommend this university. I had a horrible experience in writing my thesis in the department of Social science, more specific the chair of BMO (business management and organisation). I have never seen such high conflict of interest among the professors and researchers inside an organisation: all the professors just don’t talk to each other or disagree with each other; if a student has two supervisors, then the student can’t proceed in writing the thesis because the professors just can’t agree between them for the topic chosen by the student; if there is a complaint from student or other external people, they just don’t care at all.
    I spent 7 horrible months in the department of BMO writing my thesis. I was assigned a supervisor who never replied to my emails. I only had two meeting of 10 minutes with him during my whole thesis writing without getting any feedback for my thesis. Finally, i had even to delay my graduation for few months at my own expenses because i didn’t get authorisation to defend my thesis from my supervisor (he never replies to emails) and I couldn’t reach him (by email or in person as he was never in the office).
    Eventually, I even got the lowest mark (6) for my thesis. I reported these malpractices to the Board of university. Hopefully, the board recognised the seriousness of this problem and took action to increase the mark of my thesis for a little bit.
    I reported these malpractices also to the chairman of BMO department where i spent time writing my thesis, as this experience wasted my time and the result of my study could have negative impact on my future career. He apologized for this experience and promised to provide me support (like suggestions for PhD, letter of recommendation for job or Phd…). However, a month later, I wrote him a few email asking for what he promised, and I never got any replies from him. This shows the lack of reliability and respect of the professors and people working inside this department.
    Unfortunately, I also saw a few of my friends who had bad experience in this department.
    All in all, Wageningen University is considered the best place to study agri-food and biotechnology sciences, but not in the field of management and economics. I would suggest you to keep away from chair group of Business Management and organisation because they are not believable.

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    Programme: Business and Administration
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2019
    Campus: Wageningen
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  • Environmental Sciences
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    International

    Wageningen University provides a really good environment for students to study and live and I really appreciate it. Like my track, environmental technology, I have learned a lot from the relevant courses which help me to gain a basic skill to deal with the environmental problems.

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    Programme: Environmental Sciences
    Degree: Master's
    Campus: Wageningen
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    02 Nov, 2020
    Tanisha
    Tanisha
    I want to pursue my masters in Plant science.Can you please help me about the deadline for applications and the exam required for admission.
    02 Nov, 2020
    Tanisha
    Tanisha
    I want to pursue my masters in Plant science.Can you please help me about the deadline for applications and the exam required for admission.

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