Four years after the basic study grant was abolished in favor of a study loan system, research universities and applied sciences universities will now finally see their portion of the money raised by this measure. Dozens of projects from these higher education institutions will be funded with this money in the coming years, something the Dutch government committed to five years ago but had yet to uphold.
Wageningen University & Research is the best university in the Netherlands, according to the top 200 global universities ranking by Times Higher Education. The Netherlands has 11 universities in the top 200, and 7 in the top 100. The University of Twente dropped out of the ranking this year.
Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.
Children as young as 12 to 14 years old already deal with unwanted sexual behavior and sexually abusive text messages, according to Gaby de Lijster's PhD research at Maastricht University. She therefore believes it is important for schools to talk about sexuality in their lessons, AD reports.
Dutch startup Mosa Meat, that makes meat in a laboratory, received a 7.5 million euros investment from Swiss meat processing company Bell Food Group and M Ventures, the investment branch of German pharmaceutical Merck, a spokesperson for Mosa Meat confirmed to NU.nl.
Dutch universities are allowed to offer courses in English, the court in Utrecht ruled on Friday in a lawsuit filed against the universities of Maastricht and Twente. The association for better education in the Netherlands BON wanted the court to ban further Anglicization in academic education, ANP reports.
Association Beter Onderwijs Nederland (BON) is filing a lawsuit against the University of Twente, Maastricht University, and the Inspectorate for Education in an effort to halt higher education in the Netherlands turning increasingly English, ANP reports.
According to BON, "the care of Dutch language and culture is a core task for higher education". The association believes that switching to teaching in English is contrary to the law. "Dutch threatens to become a kind of provincial language", BON chairman Ad Verbrugge said.
The Dutch police impose unrealistically high expectations on alibis, which can have serious consequences for innocent suspects, according to PhD research by criminal psychologist Ricardo Nieuwkamp of Maastricht University. Only 2 percent of innocent suspects are able to give the police an alibi that they will accept, the Volkskrant reports.
There may be something to the term 'Dutch courage'. A study by Maastricht University, the University of Liverpool, and King's College London found that consuming a low dose of alcohol, improves bilingual speakers' ability to speak a second language.
For the study, conducted at and funded by the University of Maastricht, researchers tested 50 native German speakers' ability to speak Dutch after drinking a low dose of alcohol. The participants are studying at the University of Maastricht and recently learned to speak, read and write Dutch.
The Netherlands performed exceptionally well in both the World and Europe University Rankings 2017, according to Times Higher Education. All 13 of the Netherlands' main research intensive universities made the top 100 of the Europe ranking and top 200 in the World ranking.
The Netherlands outpaced the European average when it came to research reputation, citation impact and research productivity, as well as income measures to academic staff.
Compliments on work well done do not only make employees happier, it also makes them work harder, according to research from the University of Maastricht. Complimenting only the best performers in the department increases the work tempo similar to a compliment to the whole department. While giving a complement to only one or two people in the department, prompts the workers who were not complimented to work harder, AD reports.
Alcohol use costs Dutch society between 2.3 billion and 2.9 billion euros a year, according to a study by health organization RIVM in the possession of newspaper Trouw.
For the first time ever 13 Dutch universities made it onto the Top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, which was published on Wednesday. Though a number of the Netherlands' universities did have to settle for a lower position than they had last year
Students and Dutch universities seem to be losing interest in university democracy. Almost all institutions in the country saw a drop in election attendance and only about 3 in 10 students cast a vote this year, the Volkskrant reports based on figures received from all universities.
About 250 underage children get married in the Netherlands every year, according to a study done by Maastricht University and the Verwey-Jonker Institute on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Most of these marriages take place in closed communities, so exact numbers are difficult to give
Getting some diversity into the mayors of the Netherlands seems to be a nigh on impossible task. Most of the 390 mayors in the country are white men with an average age of around 57 years. Only four are of an ethnic minority and only 20 percent are female. And these figures have been the same for years, according to data from the Dutch Association of Mayors
Scientists at the Maastricht University Medical Center published new research that demonstrates a combination of flavors including sweet, bitter and umami actually makes people want to eat less. The small-scale experiment, conducted with the Top Institute of Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, included 15 healthy volunteers each receiving five different treatments where the combinations of flavors were infused directly into the duodenim.
The University of Amsterdam has once again managed to snag the top Dutch university position in the QS World University Rankings, beating Delft University of Technology and Utrecht University. TU Delft moved up 22 places from last year's 86th position, to number 64 this year.
Young people that graduated from a university or college find it somewhat easier to find a job than in previous years. People who completed a vocational course, however, are still having a hard time.
The Maastricht University has decided to completely stop the experiment in which dogs were used to test the effectiveness of pacemakers, the University announced in a press release on Thursday.
The Anti Animal Testing Coalition (ADC) reports that 127 thousand people signed the petition against Maastricht University's experiments on Labradors.
People with with over €1 million in the bank are more likely to give money to good causes. According to research from private banking branch from the ABN Amro, MeesPierson, and the University of Maastricht, Dutch millionaires will give on average a little more than €11,000 per year to good causes, de Telegraaf reports.
The eight Labradors that Maastricht University was planning to use for animal testing have been moved to an organization that is looking for adoptive families for them.
See where Dutch universities wound up in the new Shanghai Rankings of the top 500 universities worldwide.