More than 1 in 2 first-time students pass in first session

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- According to a pass rate analysis for the current academic year, 54.4% of all VUB "generation students" - students registered in higher education in Flanders for the first time - passed their exams in the first session. The figure for the previous year was 51.7%. According to the university, this progress is an encouraging sign that academic teaching is slowly recovering after the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initially, the pass rate of generation students at VUB was relatively stable, at 63.4% in 2017-2018 and 62.3% in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. In the following two years, the pandemic had a negative impact on pass rates, which fell to 61.2% in 2020-2021 and 51.7% in 2021-2022. The last academic year marked a turning point, however, with the number of students passing in the first session rising by 3% .

"Generation students can once again take classes, integrate in social and academic life at their university and enjoy a connected student life in normal circumstances, things they were lacking during the pandemic," says Nadine Engels, vice-rector for Education and Student Affairs. "While we’re not yet at the level we were five years ago, I’m convinced we are catching up. With our strong teaching policy, we will do everything in our power to maximise every student’s chances of success."

After the second session, the number of generation students passing is expected to be higher.

Bachelor and master’s students

The success rates of undergraduate and graduate students also show a positive trend. More than half of bachelor students (62.2%) passed this year in the first session, while more than three-quarters of master’s students (83.3%) did so. Both groups show a slight improvement compared to the previous academic year, when 61.9% of bachelor and 82.5% of master’s students passed. Although they are yet to reach the success rate of five years ago, when 70.4% of bachelor and 86.5% of master’s students passed in the first session, the university believes this positive evolution will also continue for this group of students, thanks to high-quality teaching.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it’s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an ’urban engaged university’, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.­eftjenodig