A record number of over 300 thousand bachelors and masters degree students enrolled at Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to preliminary figures released by the association of Dutch universities VSNU. The association calls on the government to invest more in higher education, so that universities can keep up with the continuous growth in student numbers.
The VVD wants to get rid of university and college study programs that have little prospect of employment. The party wants all courses to be assessed on usefulness and necessity once very few years, parliamentarian Pieter Duisenberg said
The VVD and PvdA want to give students the option to pay for their studies per subject, instead of the current "one size fits all" method of study financing in which students pay per year of studying.
Ahmet Akgunduz, the rector at the Islamic University of Rotterdam, has once again caused an uproar with hateful remarks about political opponents. This time he said that he is praying for those responsible for the recent bombing in the Turkish capital and called the Kurds "dogs".
Six weeks after the end of the Maagdenhuis occupation, the extent of damage to the University of Amsterdam is still not clear. UvA estimates the harm caused at half a million euros, but the damage evaluation is still in progress.
Education Minister Jet Bussemaker's plan to experiment with higher college tuition has the cabinet divided. The PvdA has now decided that they want the proposal to be withdrawn. With the PvdA now also voting no, a majority of the Tweede Kamer is against the proposal, NU reports.
The VVD has submitted a motion that academics should be able to obtain their doctorate in companies. VVD Parliamentarian Pieter Duisenberg expects that better cooperation between business life and higher education will ensure that more university graduates obtain their doctorates