Dutch Education Minister Wants Academics to Have Weekends

Posted in Life, Research on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Academics should not be forced to squeeze their research into weekends and holidays, according to the Dutch education minister, who admitted that pressure on some researchers had become intolerable and that professional competition had gone ‘too far …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 17 September]


The consequences of overtime in Dutch academia

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2020 by steve

“Today, I joined three colleagues to head to The Hague to hand over a report of 720 formal complaints of structural overtime in academia and its negative consequences to the Labour Inspectorate. These complaints were filed as a single collective complaint by two labour unions, on behalf of WOinActie, the activist group of academics that tries to improve working and learning conditions in academia …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 20 January]

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Compulsory Dutch Looms for Foreign Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

“Universities in the Netherlands fear the government may force international students to do part of their degrees in Dutch, potentially decimating recruitment from outside the country. Several sources have told Times Higher Education that this is one of the ideas being considered by the country’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science ahead of a policy announcement expected next month …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 15 August]

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What’s attracting 1,000 Irish students to the Netherlands this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Leaving Certificate students around the country await Monday’s CAO offers in the wake of their results, there’s a chance that some of their peers have already started their third-level education. At Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague in the Netherlands, four Irish students are among the 200-plus first year students beginning their introduction week at the English-taught institution …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Europe’s Budget Crisis Hits Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2012 by steve

“St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland, has been training teachers for more than 135 years, for the past two decades as an autonomous college of Dublin City University. But in September, it received a letter saying that it would become a much more integral part of the university …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, New York Times, 25 November]

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Germany should pay for student influx

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2012 by steve

“The Dutch junior education minister has demanded compensation from Germany for the large number of its students attending universities in the Netherlands. Halbe Zijlstra claimed in a statement to parliament that foreign students cost Dutch taxpayers €90m …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 15 January]

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Dutch ‘Lord of the Data’ Forged Dozens of Studies

Posted in Legal issues on November 1st, 2011 by steve

“One of the Netherlands’ leading social psychologists made up or manipulated data in dozens of papers over nearly a decade, an investigating committee has concluded. Diederik Stapel was suspended from his position at Tilburg University in the in September after three junior researchers reported that they suspected scientific misconduct …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, ScienceInsider, 31 October]


Occupation of University building in Utrecht: out of protest to education cuts in the Netherlands

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2011 by steve

“In the morning of February 9th students occupied a building of the Utrecht University in the Netherlands out of protest to cuts proposed by the new right-wing government …” (more)

[Parar Bolonha, 10 February]


Student protests in Netherlands

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2011 by steve

“On Friday January 21 there was a first national student protest in The Hague to protest the reforms on higher education by the new government (Christian/Corporate with support from neo-racist Wilders party) …” (more, video)

[Parar Bolonha, 24 January]

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Utrecht (in the Netherlands): students occupy the University administration building

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2010 by steve

“On the morning of February 1st, a group of students occupied the main building of the University of Utrecht. The students are protesting against the university’s board decision to stop publishing the paper version of the University Newspaper …” (more)

[Nelson Fraga, Parar Bolonha, 3 February]

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Discriminatory Student Grants Land Netherlands in European Court of Justice

Posted in Legal issues on October 14th, 2009 by steve

EU“The European Commission is taking the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice over a student grant scheme which discriminates against workers from other EU countries and their families. Dutch legislation imposes a residence requirement for grants to study abroad which puts migrant and frontier workers – including those residing in neighbouring Belgium – at a disadvantage compared to nationals …” (more)

[European Commission, eGov monitor, 8 October]

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One doesn’t fire a professor like this

Posted in Legal issues on September 27th, 2009 by steve

Holland“In August, the Erasmus University Rotterdam fired Professor Tariq Ramadan. Well, strictly speaking, they didn’t fire him, but rather withdrew the invitation to be a guest professor. Since December 2006 Ramadan had a contract with the City Council of Rotterdam to advise the City Council on civic integration & multicultural policies (about half of the population in Rotterdam is not from Dutch origin and the city has enormous socio-economic-cultural problems). At the same time he was invited as a guest professor at the Erasmus University for the same period (allegedly he had asked for this affiliation himself when he was asked to work for the City Council). So legally speaking in August the City Council fired him, and at the very same moment the University withdrew its invitation to be affiliated as a guest professor …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 27 September]

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