Wageningen University & Research Center is a public research university situated in Wageningen, Netherlands. It is the only university in the Netherlands that focuses specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. The university offers education and research programs in the fields of life sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, and food sciences.
Wageningen University was established in 1918 as an agricultural college. Over the years, it has grown to become a full-fledged research university. In 2005, the university merged with the former agricultural research institute, DLO (Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek), to form Wageningen University & Research Center. Today, it is recognized as one of the world’s top institutions of higher learning in the domain of agri-food research and education.
Wageningen University & Research Center is comprised of several faculties, including:
- Faculty of life sciences
- Faculty of social sciences
- Faculty of environmental sciences
- Faculty of animal sciences
- Faculty of technology and management
The Wageningen University & Research Center campus is situated in the Gelderse Vallei area, surrounded by scenic natural landscapes. The campus provides modern facilities for students, staff, and researchers. There are also numerous community spaces, cafes, and restaurants where students can mingle and relax.
Wageningen University & Research Center offers a wide range of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels. The university has a strong focus on research-based teaching and fosters a dynamic learning environment that encourages independent learning and critical thinking.
Colleges and schools
The following colleges and schools operate under Wageningen University & Research Center:
|Faculty of life sciences||Wageningen||Netherlands||https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Life-Sciences.htm|
|Faculty of social sciences||Wageningen||Netherlands||https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Social-Sciences.htm|
|Faculty of environmental sciences||Wageningen||Netherlands||https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences.htm|
|Faculty of animal sciences||Wageningen||Netherlands||https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Animal-Sciences.htm|
|Faculty of technology and management||Wageningen||Netherlands||https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Technology-and-Food-Security.htm|
Students at Wageningen University & Research Center have a wide range of opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities. Numerous student-run associations, clubs, and societies cater to different interests, including sports, cultural events, and volunteering. There are also plenty of opportunities for students to engage in research and other academic pursuits outside of the classroom.
Wageningen University & Research Center has a strong athletic program that fosters healthy living and competition. The university has several sports facilities, including a swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, and playing fields. The university also hosts numerous sports clubs, including football, basketball, volleyball, and more.
Some of the notable alumni from Wageningen University & Research Center include:
- Feike Sijbesma, former CEO of DSM
- Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands
- Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research
- Afke Schaart, Vice President and Head of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at GSMA