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Wageningen is a university town in the central Netherlands situated on the River Rhine. It is famous as the home of the Wageningen University and Research, and has a strong local food science and research industry.
Wageningen is a historic town situated on the banks of the Rhine in the central Netherlands. The town has a mix of historic and modern buildings, and a diverse international population. It has a reputation as a student town, thanks to the Wageningen University & Research, and students make up around 20% of the population.
Wageningen underwent heavy destruction during the Second World War. However, it was also the location of the surrender of German troops in the Netherlands – the terms of capitulation were signed at Wageningen’s Hotel de Wereld, and to this day the town hosts a famous annual Liberation Day festival.
Despite its rural location, Wageningen still offers rich cultural and social opportunities, with a selection student clubs, bars, restaurant theatres and cinemas.
Wageningen has many museums to visit, including the Airborne Museum Hartenstein, De Casteelse Poort Museum, the Het Depot sculpture gallery, the Kröller-Müller Museum and sculpture garden, and the Netherlands Open Air Museum.
There are also many parks in the town, such as the Wageningen Botanical Gardens and the nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park. The River Rhine floodplains offer stunning views and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
The town has strong transport links to the nearby cities of Utrecht and Nijmegen, and with the rest of the Netherlands and Northern Europe.
Wageningen is known for the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). It specialises in the Life Sciences and is considered one of the best universities in the world, especially for Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Plant and Animal Sciences and Food Science and Technology. WUR hosts around 12,000 students of various nationalities, and its Masters courses are taught in English.
The Dutch ‘Food Valley’ centres on Wageningen – this is where the majority of Dutch food and nutrition industries are based including sites for major international companies such as Unilever and LeAF. There are many other research institutes based in the area too, most of which have links to WUR.
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The MSc Biobased Sciences focuses on the transition from a petrochemical to a biobased society. The programme includes multidisciplinary design of production chains including biomass production, bioconversion, biorefinery and societal, logistic and economic transition processes. Read more
The master's Biology is a two-year MSc programme. You can specialise in Animal Adaptation and Behavioural Biology; Bio-interactions; Conservation and Systems Ecology; Evolution and Biodiversity; Health and Disease; Marine Biology; Molecular Ecology; Molecular Development and Gene Regulation; Plant Adaptation. Read more
The master's programme Biosystems Engineering focuses on the development of technology for the production, processing and storage of food and agricultural non-food, management of the rural area, renewable resources and agro-industrial production chains. Read more
The question is no longer if our climate will change, but how will it change and how will we adapt to these changes? Adaption and mitigation to global warming, the greenhouse effect and climate change all form the basis of the master's Climate Studies programme in Wageningen. Read more
The master's Communication, Health and Life Sciences in Wageningen trains academics to understand, facilitate and drive societal change in complex societal settings related to life science or health issues. Read more
The master's Development and Rural Innovation is a two-year MSc programme. It is the international social sciences programme for students with a technical, life science or relevant management background with an interest in international development and beta/gamma integration. Read more
Are you up to the challenge of finding innovative methods and sustainable solutions to the threats facing the environment? The Environmental Sciences master's programme in Wageningen has its roots in the natural, technological and social sciences. Read more
During the programme Agroecology, you will learn to apply systems approaches in studying, designing and evaluating agricultural systems and food production chains, and develop creative solutions for sustainable farming and marketing of organic products. Read more
The Food Quality Management Master of Science study programme offers an integrated approach to the study and assessment of quality processes in the agrifood chain through an exclusively developed techno-managerial approach. Read more