Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation with the mission of „exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life“. WUR’s domain entails the three related core areas of „food and food production“, „living environment“ and „health, lifestyle and livelihood“. It builds on the Agricultural College that was taken over by the state in 1876 and became the National Agricultural College (Landbouwhogeschool Nederland) in 1918.
The university now employs around 5,000 people. It hosts approximately 12,000 students, of which more than 20% are international, from over 100 countries.
WUR is organised in 5 departments (Agrotechnology & Food Sciences, Animal Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences and Social Sciences), which are again subdivided into 85 chair groups. In the 2019 QS World University Ranking it ranked No. 1 worldwide in “Agriculture and Forestry” and No. 125 worldwide. In 2018, WUR was ranked as best university in the Netherlands for the fourteenth time in a row.
WUR’s Student Service Centre provides information for international students.