Dutch university says student cannot defend PhD dressed as pirate

Posted in Legal issues on November 27th, 2017 by steve

“A researcher has taken a Dutch university to the country’s Institute for Human Rights for not allowing him to defend his PhD dressed as a pirate. Environmental engineer Michael Afanasyev says that he is a priest of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an organisation that lampoons what it claims are special exemptions for religious people …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 24 November]

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The Increasing Dominance of English

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Holland“Teaching in English was introduced in Dutch research universities, and later also in universities of applied sciences, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the result of increasing cooperation and student exchange in the framework of European programs, in particular Erasmus, and bilaterally with other countries …” (more)

[Hans de Wit, Inside Higher Ed, 2 October]

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English takes over at Dutch universities, just 40% of courses still in Dutch

Posted in Teaching on September 2nd, 2016 by steve

Holland“More than half of Dutch university courses are taught entirely in English, the Volkskrant said on Friday. The paper looked at 1,632 different degree courses at the country’s 13 universities and found 60% are now in English. When it comes to master’s degrees, just 30% are taught in Dutch and three universities only offer master’s degrees in English …” (more)

[DutchNews.nl, 26 August]

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Are there winners and losers in the VSNU-Elsevier Open Access deal?

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2015 by steve

Holland“This week it was finally announced that the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the publisher Elsevier had reached an agreement on a continuation of the Big Deal for access to all Elsevier journals combined with a transition to Open Access publishing for researchers at Dutch Universities …” (more)

[WoW! Wouter on the Web, 12 December]

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Dutch universities and Elsevier reach deal over open access

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Holland“Dutch universities and Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of science journals, have reached a deal over institutional subscriptions which will lead to more academics able to publish their work on an open access basis …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 10 December]

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Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Holland“‘We are entering a new era in publications’, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy …” (more)

[Jozien Wijkhuijs, Univers, 2 July]

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University protests around the world: a fight against commercialisation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

International“Academics and students in Canada, the Netherlands and the UK explain why they are taking a stand against their institutions. Students at University of the Arts, London, took over their university’s reception area last Thursday to protest against proposed cuts to some of its course programmes …” (more)

[Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 25 March]

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A Broken System? Amsterdam, NCAD, and Higher Education Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Cian Carton examines student protests in Amsterdam and NCAD, along with a session from the Public Accounts Committee’s look at the funding of higher education in Ireland and questions if the system is up to scratch …” (more)

[University Observer, 25 March]

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The Enron Fallacy

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Holland“Last month Amsterdam students occupied the Bungehuis building on Spuistraat, in protest against the university’s ‘Profiel 2016’ plan to shred jobs and academic programmes. Hardest hit is the humanities faculty, rated in the top thirty globally in 2011 …” (more)

[Glen Newey, LRB blog, 20 March]

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ICTU Youth, USI and IFUT statement in support of University of Amsterdam occupation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Youth, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) want to express our support for the New University / ReThink UvA occupation at the University of Amsterdam …” (more)

[Irish Left Review, 19 March]

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Dutch student protests ignite movement against management of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Holland“On 24 February 2015, mounted police, live television crews, protestors and crowds of onlookers surrounded a building called the Bungehuis, a six storey art deco style construction that currently houses the University of Amsterdam’s humanities faculty …” (more)

[Jonathan Gray, Guardian, 17 March]

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Dutch PhD candidates fear a downgrade in status

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2015 by steve

Holland“A group of PhD candidates in the Netherlands are fighting the launch of an experiment that they believe could put their employment status in jeopardy …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 5 March]

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Should PhDs accept to have a mere student status?

Posted in Legal issues on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Holland“The Dutch Labour Party Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, has recently proposed a new experiment examining the status of doctoral candidates by allowing universities to hire them as students with a bursary, rather than as full employees …” (more)

[John Peacock, EuroScientist Webzine, 4 March]

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Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Posted in Research on January 8th, 2015 by steve

Holland“Institutions ‘unbending’ on fee-free demand as talks with Elsevier resume. Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 8 January]

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Dutch university lures Ulster students with low fees and courses in English

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2014 by steve

UK“Students from Northern Ireland are being attracted to study in the Netherlands with a series of open days. Maastricht University is opening its doors to prospective undergraduates to show them what they describe as one of Europe’s best places to study …” (more)

[Jilly Beattie, Irish Mirror, 29 October]

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One way to fix the gender gap in academia – only hire women

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2014 by steve

Holland“If you want more women in your organisation, advertise jobs that are designated for women only. That’s what Delft University of Technology did …” (more)

[Curt Rice, The Conversation, 8 May]

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Studying in Europe: Low fees, more choice

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2013 by steve

“Increasing numbers of Irish students and their parents are looking beyond Ireland for higher-level education: not just the traditional hop across the pond, and not just in search of hard-to-access programmes such as medicine and veterinary …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 12 November]

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More aspiring students opting to go Dutch

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Most applicants offered places by the CAO on behalf of colleges last Monday have now submitted their acceptances online. They will shortly be contacted by the appropriate admissions office regarding registration details …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 21 August]

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On Amsterdam’s Plans to Establish a Third University

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2013 by steve

Holland“… the city government is hosting a competition to start a new research university with the alluring title Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions. The establishment of a new university in Amsterdam should first and foremost be seen in the light of supra-national policy goals set by the European Union …” (more)

[Jurjen van Rees, GlobalHigherEd, 26 April]

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Dutch Finance Minister amends Cork University degree error

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2013 by steve

“Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem had to amend his official biography that accidentally claimed he obtained an MA from University College Cork …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 14 April]

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