TU Eindhoven anticipates 7-10% growth for 2017-2018

The number of registrations for university Bachelor studies for the academic year 2017-2018 was announced this week by the VSNU (the association of universities in the Netherlands). The VSNU expect registrations to grow by 11% on the current academic year, a figure that has been arrived at through the unadjusted figures from all the universities. TU/e expects the academic year 2017-2018 to show growth with a minimal of 7% in the Bachelor intake, which is still a significant rise in intake.

In total, around 82,000 prospective students have registered to undertake a Bachelor study at Dutch universities. In Eindhoven current enrolment numbers total 2,196 incoming students. This year the registration deadline was, for the second time, set at 1 May to enable matching activities to take place during which students can find out whether the studies for which they have registered really fit their brief.

Incoming students have until 1 October at the latest to convert a registration into an enrollment. Once all the conditions for an enrollment have been met (appropriate school diploma presented, teaching fees paid), the educational institution makes a registration an actual enrollment. The definitive figures will only then become available. 

Prospects for TU/e
President of the Executive Board, Jan Mengelers, is conscious of the possible implications of the growth forecast. “It underlines more than ever how highly the education we offer here is valued. At the same time, it is vital that we critically examine the growth so that we can safeguard the quality that we do offer.”

TU/e had announced earlier its intention to put an intake ceiling on five studies from the academic year 2018-2019. These are Industrial Design, Computer Science and Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Medical Sciences and Technology, and Biomedical Engineering.

Mengelers emphasized that “in Eindhoven the squeeze in the growth of students is the hardest. Maintaining quality and ensuring that academic staff are not given any further workload will lead to a final option of imposing extra limits. In time, that may cause an admission freeze for the majority of the studies.”

The growth forecasts are a key element in determining the strategy of the university in the future. Jan Mengelers expressed his concerns in a letter to the education minister and other parties such as the ministry and industry.