Despite 30 years of nature policy and 11 billion euros in investments, biodiversity in the Netherlands is still decreasing. Natural areas are still fragmented, species are still deteriorating, plans to link nature reserves never happened, and measures to farm more sustainably had little to no effect, Trouw reports based on its own research.
Homeowners in the Netherlands will see their housing costs increase by 5 percent this year, according to new figures from the University of Groningen's center for research into lower governments' economy COELO. On average, homeowners will pay 776 euros to their municipality this year. Tenants' housing costs will amount to 389 euros this year on average, NOS.
Researchers in Noord-Nederland are launching a large scale study into the possible risk factors for coronavirus Covid-19. The researchers hope that this study, done by bio-bank Lifelines, the University of Groningen, UMC Groningen, and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, will help predict the course of future infectious diseases, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
A new dataset released by health authority RIVM showed that a plurality of those who tested positive for coronavirus live in Noord-Brabant. Overall, some 57 of the country's 188 patients, a little over 30 percent, reside in the southern province.
Sixty more people in the Netherlands tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total numver of cases in that country to 188. Forty percent of the new patients, 24, reside in the Noord-Brabant province.
Three employees of the University of Groningen (RUG) are suspected of embezzling 1.2 million euros in public money from the university and funneling it into their own foundation, the board of the Faculty of Arts announced in a letter that NOS has in its possession. All three employees were affiliated with the Faculty of Arts.
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.
The newest generation of 'young elderly people' are completely unprepared for the phase in their lives in which they will be dependent on care. Despite increasing staff shortages in healthcare and the Dutch government increasingly relying on the public to provide informal care, a large majority of people between the ages of 55 and 75 expects the State to care for them, according to a study by I&O Research on behalf of newspaper Trouw.
Relatives of MH17 victims who are actively involved in the legal and political aftermath of the disaster, are struggling more with the grieving process than those who pay less attention to it, clinical psychologist Jos de Keijser said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
While the use of drugs is not punishable in the Netherlands under the Opium Act, more and more municipalities are banning drug use in public spaces. So far 218 of the 355 Dutch municipalities implemented a total ban on drug use in public space such as parks, streets and public buildings, by adding the ban to their General Local Regulations, NOS reports based on its own research.
Industrial companies with a higher quality of management perform better - they have higher productivity and more international activities than companies with lower quality management, according to a study done by the University of Groningen and Statistics Netherlands at the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
The University of Groningen set a total of 70 thousand euros aside for a farewell party for the rector of the university, according to student movement DAG. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science asked the university for an explanation, NU.nl reports.
According to the student movement, "in times of cutbacks and towering work pressure for teachers" the 70 thousand euros can be spent in other ways. "Instead, the Executive Board chooses to organize a party for itself."
Having a parliamentarian on the board offers significant benefits to companies, according to research from the University of Groningen on United Kingdom businesses. Almost half of the top 50 public firms in the UK have connections with a sitting parliamentarian, according to the researchers.
A total of 30 Dutch municipalities have scrapped the dog tax, according to a study by the University of Groningen's research center for the economy of the lower governments COELO. These municipalities found the dog tax too difficult to collect and believe that this tax is unfair as cat owners, for example, do not have to pay tax for their pet, the researchers found, RTL Nieuws reports.
An elevator with 14 people inside fell six floors in the faculty building of the University Medical Center in Groningen on Thursday. One person was taken to the emergency room with unknown injuries, NU.nl reports.
Both staff members and UMCG students were in the elevator when it fell, the Medical Center and University of Groningen confirmed. The elevator got stuck on the sixth floor. It fell during work to solve this problem.
The other elevators in the building on Anthonius Deusinglaan have been shut down while the cause of this accident is investigated.
A number of Dutch scientists are concerned about the well-being of children who are deported from the Netherlands after living here for years. The deportation of these children can have major consequences for their brain development and is therefore irresponsible, Erik Scherder, professor of clinical neuropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, said in a report written with two lecturers from the University of Groningen.
Almost 90 percent of schools in the Netherlands experience problems with traffic in their immediate vicinity. Over the past three years, over 10 thousand traffic accidents were reported in the vicinity of schools, according to research by RTL Nieuws in collaboration with the University of Groningen.
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.
The University of Groningen and the Hanze Univeristy of Applied Sciences scrapped the management subsidies for student association Vindicat for the academic year 2017/2018. This follows a student being assaulted at a Vindicat party in December, and the association failing to report this incident, a spokesperson for the Hanze University confirmed to NU.nl.
A member of Groningen student association Vindicat was assaulted by two other members of the student association in December last year. Vindicat failed to report this incident to the relevant authorities, as they are obliged to do under the new hazing code. This new incident was massively met with disgust and calls for sanctions against the student association.
Dutch petroleum company NAM wants Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs to adjust the proposals for the new Mining and Gas Act so that the company is less responsible for the consequences of gas extraction in Groningen, such as damage caused by earthquakes, Trouw reports.
A total of 122 thousand international students from 162 different countries are currently studying at a Dutch university or university of applied science, 10 thousand more than last year, according to an analysis by Nuffic. Dutch universities' continuing focus on attracting as many international students as possible is a worrying trend, according to stu
The University of Groningen is the best "broad classical university" in the Netherlands and Wageningen University is the best of all universities in the country, according to the 2018 Keuzegids for universities, released on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
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.