The way in which money is distributed among universities and technical universities in the Netherlands needs to change, according to a new report. More money needs to go to technical courses, so they can keep up with the growing demand. And universities should be less dependent on student numbers for their money, the committee concluded.
The number of students enrolled for a bachelor's or master's program at Dutch universities increased by 5 percent to a record number of nearly 290 thousand students this academic years, according to preliminary figures by umbrella association VSNU. The final numbers will only be available early next year, NOS reports.
The growth can partly be attributed to larger intake by pre-university education (VWO) and higher professional education (HBO). The number of international students also increased. They now make up about 19 percent of all students.
Dutch universities want to limit the increase of students from abroad, umbrella organization VSNU confirmed to NOS after reports in NRC.
On Monday the VSNU will send an internationalization agenda to Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. A spokesperson for the organization would not tell NOS what their plans entail, but did say that the agenda contains many more subjects than just the admission of new students.
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.
A record number of about 265 thousand students were registered at Dutch universities this past academic year. That is a 2.5 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to the association of Dutch universities VSNU, ANP reports.
There was a hefty influx of foreign students as well as students transferring from VWO. The number of first year students in university courses increased by 9 percent to 52 thousand this academic year. The number of first-year undergraduate students increased in all sectors of education.
The average time between graduating in the Netherlands and finding your first job is three months. Forty percent of graduates even find a job immediately, according to the latest labor market report from the association of universities VSNU
Over 73 thousand prospective students signed up to study at a Dutch university from September, according to figures from universities association VSNU. That is an increase of 11 percent compared to last year
A record number of 253 482 students enrolled in a course at a Dutch university in the academic year 2014 - 2015, according to figures from VSNU, the association of universities. That is an increase of 2.1 percent compared to the previous academic year. The most popular courses in the current academic year is Law, Psychology and Medicine.
The number of foreign staff working at Dutch universities is increasing all the time, according to the Netherlands Association of Universities (VSNU). One-third of them have a foreign passport, De Volkskrant reports.
The number of first-year students at universities in the Netherlands has increased by 7% to more than 45,000 compared to 2012, according to higher education association VSNU.