Wageningen University and Research is a Dutch public university in Wageningen, Netherlands. There are 6,500 staff and 10,000 students from over one hundred countries.
It’s mission is “ To explore the potential of nature to Improve the Quality of Life”
Wageningen UR trains specialists (BSc, MSc and PhD) in life and social sciences and focuses its research on scientific, social and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources. In the field of life sciences, agricultural, and environmentalscience, the university is considered world-class. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings it is the best university in the Netherlands and No. 1 worldwide, in agriculture and forestry for 2016 on the QS World University Rankings charts.
The strength of Wageningen University and Research lies in the combination of specialized research institutes and the university in cooperation from various natural, technological and social disciplines. This enables scientific breakthroughs quickly be put into practice and education, which is the Wageningen Approach.
Wageningen is a municipality and a historic town in central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland along the Rhine river. It is famous for the Wageningen University & Research, which specialises in life sciences. The municipality has a population of 37,434 in 2017, of which many thousands are students from over 150 countries.
Wageningen was the site of the formal surrender of the Germans to the Allies in the Netherlands on May 5th, 1945, a day that is a public holiday in the Netherlands. Wageningen hosts a military veterans parade and this is followed by a great party in the town.
Wageningen lies close to the right bank of the branch of the Rhine estuary known in the Netherlands as the Nederrijn. Excavations date a settlement at this site back to the Stone Age. The hills to the east of the town provided protection for a Bronze Age tribe from flooding of the Rhine and from enemies and the earliest record of the name (in 838AD) is from the same hilly area. The town has had a chequered history, being occupied or destroyed on several occasions. Also, in 1421 the Rhine changed course, moving further south and, in the process, having a detrimental effect on Wageningen's trade. In the 17th Century the town started tobacco cultivation and there were several cigar manufacturers. The floodplain of the Rhine to the south also had several brick factories, one of which can still be seen.
In 1876 the Dutch government decided to build the first agricultural school in Wageningen on the grounds that it was in the heart of the country and was surrounded by a wide variety of soils. Since then the town has boomed and Wageningen University is now a world-renowned Life Sciences university. Wageningen also has an important inland port.
The story goes that Wageningen was given the choice of getting a university or a train station. It chose the university, and still doesn't have a station. There is a station called Ede-Wageningen but it is close to Ede and 8km from Wageningen. The Ede-Wageningen station is about an hour from Amsterdam or from Schiphol airport and trains go approx every half hour.