Record numbers of scholars, however no authorities funding rise


A file variety of over 300,000 bachelor and masters diploma college students enrolled at Dutch universities and universities of utilized sciences for the 2019-20 educational yr, based on preliminary figures launched by the affiliation of Dutch universities VSNU. The affiliation calls on the federal government to take a position extra in increased schooling, in order that universities can sustain with the continual progress in pupil numbers, writes Janene Pieters for NL Times.

The variety of college students enrolled at increased schooling establishments within the Netherlands elevated by round 4%. International college students now make up 20% of the coed inhabitants, based on VSNU. There was a pointy enhance within the variety of college students registering to check within the nature and behavior and society sectors. Law, economics and expertise are additionally widespread research instructions this educational yr.

According to VSNU, authorities funding will not be growing on the identical charge as the coed numbers. A deliberate enhance on the rate of interest of pupil loans has additionally been scrapped, which implies that increased schooling is dropping out on €226 million (US$252 million) in the long run, the affiliation mentioned. “To be able to continue to offer top-level academic education and to tackle the workload at universities, substantial investments are needed instead of spending cuts,” VSNU Chairman Pieter Duisenberg mentioned.
Full report on the NL Times site

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