The news that Morocco is reintroducing military conscription from October 1st has many Dutch-Moroccans worried that they will have to join the North African country's army for a year. But the conscription will probably not affect Moroccans who do not live in the country, according to the foundation for Dutch-Moroccans SMN, AD reports.
Dutch universities are seeing significant growth in the number of students who want to study artificial intelligence in the coming academic year. At some educational institutions, the number of applications doubled compared to the current academic year. Interest in related courses, like data science and business analytics, is also on the rise, NOS reports.
A special Dutch radio receiver went into space with a Chinese rocket on Sunday night. The receiver - actually three antennas made of fiberglass - will be used to capture signals that may say something about the origin of the earth, NOS reports.
PVV leader Geert Wilders announced that he is pressing discrimination charges against Prime Minister Mark Rutte. According to Wilders, Rutte and his government are significantly discriminating against "ordinary Dutch", he said to broadcaster NOS.
Seven universities in the Netherlands made it into the top 100 of the Best Global Universities ranking. The University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University are the two best in the Netherlands, according to the ranking. They're respectively ranked 13th and 14th best in Europe and 55th and 57th in the world.
The number of insects in German natural areas dropped by over three quarters over the past 30 years, according to a study by ecologists at Radboud University in Nijmegen. According to the Dutch researchers, there is no reason to believe that insects in the Netherlands are doing any better than those in the German research areas, NOS reports.
The Grotius building of the Radboud University in Nijmegen was evacuated after a fire broke out around 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire is now extinguished, but firefighters are still working on ventilating the building on Montessorilaan, De Gelderlander reports.
Due to a large amount of smoke, firefighters had difficulty locating the spot where the fire was raging. They found it around 9:05 a.m. and by 9:45 a.m. the fire was under control.
Utrecht University is the best university in the Netherlands for the 15th year in a row, according to the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Shanghai University on Tuesday. This year Utrecht University got 47th place, compared to 65th place last year, NU.nl reports
Nijmegen student Elle Custers is missing in France, the Limburg police reported on Sunday. The 20-year-old woman did not arrive at her holiday address over the weekend. Her parents had contact with her for the last time on Friday.
Elle is from Spaubeek in Limburg. According to the police, she traveled from Spain, where she worked as an au pair, to Bordeaux in France by train and bicycle. She contacted her parents from Bordeaux on Friday. She had a train ticket to travel from Bordeaux to Sainte Foy la Grande on Saturday. Whether she made this journey is unclear.
A Dutch person with a criminal record has a better chance of finding a job in the Netherlands than someone with a non-Western background and no criminal record, according to a study done by researchers from a number of Dutch universities. Their conclusion is that when looking for work in the Netherlands, ethnicity is more important that criminal records, NOS reports.
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.
Radboud University in Nijmegen was the site of a shortly lived, but quite intense fire on Tuesday afternoon. According to the university, a cooling tower on the roof of the Spinoza building on Montessorilaan caught fire during maintenance work. The fire caused a lot of smoke and the building had to be evacuated, but no one was injured.
The fire was under control by 12:55 p.m. and by 1:15 p.m. eight of the nine floors in the building was released. Students, lecturers and staff were allowed back inside. The entire building was released by 14:35 p.m., the university said on Twitter.
The increase in dyslexia diagnoses in the Netherlands has less to do with more kids having something wrong with them than it has to do with poor education, according to professor Anna Bosman at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She's studied the dyslexia phenomenon since 2007 and concluded that dyslexia is a result of poor education, AD reports.
Kicking a GHB addiction is one of the most difficult to do, similar to getting rid of a heroin addiction, according to researchers at Radboud University in a study done on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Public Health. The reason for this, the researchers concluded, is that GHB addicts only see the positive effects of the drug, even long after going through withdrawal and losing dependency, the Volkskrant reports.
Between 10 and 20 percent of Dutch bars, restaurants and clubs fail fire safety checks, the Netherlands' national fire department Brandweer Nederland said to BNR. This is impossible for consumers to know, as only Rotterdam puts fire safety inspection reports online. Safety experts are therefore calling that publishing inspection reports on fire safety becomes the norm in the country, the broadcaster reports
Football hooligans arrange to fight each other in the countryside or forested areas on a regular basis, Nieuwsuur reported on Sunday. Hardcore fans of, among others, Feyenoord, Fortuna Sittard and Standard Liege held dozens of these free-fights in recent years, according to the news program.
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
A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Netherlands to change its policy on marijuana, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said in response to questions from the D66
The number of young people aged 21 and younger using antidepressant SSRI increased by 40 percent since 2007, according to television program Zembla based on figures from the foundation of pharmaceutical statistics SFK. Experts call the growing use of SSRI "worrying", because the drug could have suicidal behavior as a side effect
In what seems to be an effort to circumvent the Work and Security Act, Dutch universities are appointing lecturers with a combination of a small permanent contract and flexible contracts
Volkswagen, Porsche, Bently, Seat and Audi car keys, among others, are easy to hack because the chip in the ignition key and the code in the immobilizer are not programmed properly. This involves the Megamos Crypto chip, which is installed in hundreds of thousands of cars in the Netherlands, and millions world wide.
The WiFi passwords on the most common routers in the Netherlands are very easy to hack. The default passwords set by the router manufacturers or internet service providers are a variation of the network address or serial number.
Pensioners were hit 6 times harder by the financial crisis than their working counterparts.
The Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen has announced that it is building three special operation rooms in which cancer diagnoses will take no longer than a day. Cancer patients will no longer have to wait up to two weeks to hear whether malignant cells have receded.