First-year student population increases by 5 percent

4 Feb 2020 09:13 | Communication

During this academic year (2019-2020), a total of 13,766 first-year students started studying at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). This represents an increase of 5.2 percent compared to the previous academic year (2018-2019). With a total student population numbering 45,797, the AUAS remains the largest university of applied sciences in the Netherlands.

Nursing and PABO on the rise

In terms of percentages, the Faculty of Health (FG) is the frontrunner with an increase of more than 23 percent, representing 228 new students. This growth is largely due to the lifting of the numerus fixus on the Physiotherapy programme, as well as the growing interest in Nursing (+11%). The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) also welcomed most first-year students this year (3141 students, + 3%). The faculties of Digital Media and Creative Industries (FDMCI, + 10%), Applied Social Sciences and Law (FMR, + 7%) and Technology (FT, + 3%) also saw increases. On the other hand, the faculties of Sport and Nutrition (FBSV, -8%) and Education (FOO, -2%) saw declines, despite the greater interest in the PABO programme (teacher training college for primary education), which was up 12 percent.

Different percentages

The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogescholen, or VH) publishes the national figures for incoming students annually. These figures are not fully comparable with the AUAS’ own figures because the VH only looks at the number of students whom are new to higher professional education. In contrast to the AUAS, the VH does not count students who have switched to another university during their first year. Due to this, the VH figures note an increase of 3.2 percent in first-year students at the AUAS.