Wageningen University (WU) is a part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). WU was established in 1876 as an Agricultural University. In 1997 the Agricultural University merged with the DLO Research Institutes and the Institutes for Applied Research, while in 2003 it merged with the Wageningen Business School, taking its present day form. The student body at WU is 10,000 strong and it is educated by 6,500 faculty scientist and administrators. WU is located in a modern campus on the periphery of the city of Wageningen in the Netherlands. Being a short drive from the city centre, the campus offers all modern amenities, and is home to several high-tech firms that take advantage of the knowledge and infrastructure that the WU campus provides.
Wageningen University has made a commitment to more synergy between fundamental and applied research in various fields of natural and social sciences. Collaboration with partners in government, society and business intensifies significantly research output. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education.
In the Times Higher Education (THE) 2015-16 World University rankings, WU is ranked as number 47. According to the QS World University Rankings, WU occupies the 151st position; based on the faculty student ratio, WU even received a top ten position. According to the ARWU index, WU is ranked as one of the best 150 universities in the world. In 2013 students ranked WU as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education in the Netherlands for the ninth year in a row.