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VU Holding It’s Own?

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 04 February 19 2019

February 2019

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands has published data on student enrolment in Dutch research-intensive universities, showing an all-time high of 291.277 students in 2018. Their data also show that in absolute numbers, VU seems to have overcome the dip (from over 25000 in 2011 to barely over 22000 in 2016) and is back to about the level of 2010 (ca 24500). However, given the overall growth from about 240000 to over 290000 in the sector, VU’s share in Dutch research university’s students shows a steady decline:
2010: 10,1%   2011: 10,3%   2012: 9,8%   2013: 9,5%
2014: 9,3%   2015: 8,9%   2016: 8,4%   2017: 8,2%   2018: 8,4%.
With the result that VU sank from being the fourth largest university in 2011 to being 6th now. VU did manage to hold more than its own in international students: while the global student population in all research universities was 4.3 times higher in 2017 than in 2005, for VU these numbers were 5.1 times higher – with the biggest growth since 2012.

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