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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Study examines Dutch academics to determine why some leave universities

Posted in Life on August 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Academic performance is not a predictor of whether researchers remain in the academy, a study has concluded. Work by four Dutch academics led by Peter van den Besselaar, professor in VU University Amsterdam’s department of organization sciences and its Network Institute, paired 21 established academics in professorial posts …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Inside Higher Ed, 23 August]


Flu research: How to make bird flu fly, part one

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2012 by steve

“On April 27th, after much toing and froing, the Dutch government gave Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam permission to submit his paper on bird flu to Science. Dr Fouchier is the head of one of two groups studying how bird flu might become transmissible between people …” (more)

[Economist, 2 May]

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Dutch, Belgian publishers mull a ‘Spotify for newspapers’

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“The Netherlands’ main news titles are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each …” (more)

[Robert Andrews, paidContent, 4 April]

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The Netherlands Looks to Take the Lead in Relaxed Copyright Legislation

Posted in Legal issues on February 14th, 2012 by steve

“US copyright laws are designed to protect the ‘fair use’ of copyrighted content such as mash-ups and remixes—or they were, at least, until the advent of DMCA Takedown Notices. The Dutch government has taken notes on America’s IP failures and is reportedly looking to explicitly protect such DMCA fodder, much to the chagrin of the European Union …” (more)

[Gizmodo, 14 February]

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New university ranking aims for objectivity

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2011 by steve

“A new university ranking seeks to use a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators to rate scientific performance to establish the world’s top 500 research universities. The Leiden Ranking 2011/2012 aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration …” (more)

[David Jobbins, University World News, 5 December]

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Dawn raids over ‘illegal’ tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 8th, 2011 by steve

“The Netherlands Competition Authority NMa carried out dawn raids on the universities of Amsterdam and Vrije-Amsterdam on Wednesday to establish whether they have conspired to ‘harmonise’ the price of tuition fees for second degrees, in breach of competition law …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 7 September]

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Dutch institutions discuss creation of new ‘mega-university’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2011 by steve

“Big is seemingly the new beautiful in higher education. Following in the footsteps of institutions in Wales, France and Germany, amongst others, three of the Netherlands’ most prestigious universities are discussing the prospect of merging into one. The proposed ‘mega’ university will, it is thought, take the name of Leiden University, and would be made up of the current incarnation of that university along with Rotterdam Erasmus University and Delft University of Technology …” (more)

[Kanika Tandon, QS Intelligence Unit, 1 August]

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The Netherlands: Universities to get tougher

Posted in Teaching on July 3rd, 2011 by steve

“Dutch universities are planning to introduce a range of measures, including compulsory attendance at lectures, in an effort to boost standards, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday …” (more)

[University World News, 3 July]


Dutch university sees tenfold rise in UK applicants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 8th, 2011 by steve

“The number of British teenagers applying to one of Europe’s leading universities has risen dramatically this year. Maastricht University in the Netherlands has seen a tenfold increase with more than 400 applications from UK students compared with just 35 at the same time last year …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 8 June]

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Dutch students protest against cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2011 by steve

“Police and protesters have clashed briefly outside the Dutch Parliament shortly after thousands of students demonstrated against government spending cuts …” (more)

[Independent, 21 January]


UK students urged to go Dutch amid place shortage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2010 by steve

“With tens of thousands of would-be students likely to be turned away from UK universities this year and degree costs set to rise, higher education institutions in the Netherlands are promoting themselves as an alternative for British students …” (more)

[Jonty Bloom, BBC News, 18 August]

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Universities take no anti-spy measures

Posted in Legal issues on July 4th, 2010 by steve

“The universities of technology in the Netherlands are not taking any additional anti-espionage measures, against the advice of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). The universities see combating espionage as a matter for the government …” (more)

[Radio Netherlands, 30 June]

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Foreign researchers stay

Posted in Life on June 27th, 2010 by steve

“The Netherlands is the third most attractive destination after the US and Switzerland to foreign researchers, according to a survey of 10 Western countries. SEO Economic Research, an economic research group, compared the Netherlands with 11 other countries with regard to their attractiveness to highly skilled workers …” (more)

[University World News, 27 June]


Four km of ‘hidden’ dissertations

Posted in Research on March 14th, 2010 by steve

“The library at Leiden University has many ‘hidden’ treasures and among the pearls is the collection of an estimated 400,000 uncatalogued dissertations or theses dating from 1580 to 1990 that are kept in the library stacks. They occupy four kilometres of shelf space and include Albert Einstein’s 1905 dissertation …” (more)

[Jos Damen, University World News, 14 March]


Students protest against grant cuts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2010 by steve

“Dutch Education Minister Ronald Plasterk has proposed substituting the monthly student grant of €266 (US$367) with a loan system. More than 1,000 students protested at the move, occupying lecture halls and university buildings in Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Rotterdam …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 14 February]


‘Dutch wrong to ban Iranian nuclear students’

Posted in Legal issues on February 5th, 2010 by steve

“The Netherlands is wrong to refuse Iranian students places on nuclear engineering masters programmes, a Hague court has ruled. The case was brought by a group of Iranian students who had been denied access to Dutch university courses and nuclear power plants …” (more)

[Radio Netherlands, 3 February]


Universities may lose students to Scandinavia

Posted in Teaching on September 15th, 2009 by steve

UK“Degree courses are increasingly being taught in English – in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, threatening the livelihood of UK universities. At the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, a course on general literary theory is now served up in English. And at least 4,200 degree courses are now taught only in English in European countries outside the UK and Ireland, a study by the Academic Co-operation Association found last year. That’s triple the number there were seven years ago, say Bernd Waechter and Friedhelm Maiworm, the study’s authors. Almost all these ‘English-medium’ degrees are based in the Netherlands or Scandinavia, with little to report – yet – in southern Europe …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 15 September]

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