The RUG had been expecting fewer students this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak
A record number of students have enrolled at the University of Groningen (RUG) for the coming academic year, with more than 37,000 enrollments. This is 9.8 percent more than in the 2019-2020 academic year, according to preliminary figures from the university.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, 32,765 students registered. The RUG was expecting fewer registrations this year, “but the opposite is true,” says Rector Magnificus Cisca Wijmenga. “We are mainly seeing more Dutch and European students.” As reported by RTV Noord.
The Coronavirus seems to be the cause of the increased number of registrations: with centrally-administrated exams cancelled this summer, more Dutch students obtained a VWO diploma (necessary for entering a University like the RUG). The options for a gap year have also been limited, due to travel restrictions.