Record numbers of students, but no government funding rise
The number of students enrolled at higher education institutions in the Netherlands increased by around 4%. International students now make up 20% of the student population, according to VSNU. There was a sharp increase in the number of students registering to study in the nature and behaviour and society sectors. Law, economics and technology are also popular study directions this academic year.
According to VSNU, government funding is not increasing at the same rate as the student numbers. A planned increase on the interest rate of student loans has also been scrapped, which means that higher education is losing out on €226 million (US$252 million) in the long term, the association said. “To be able to continue to offer top-level academic education and to tackle the workload at universities, substantial investments are needed instead of spending cuts,” VSNU Chairman Pieter Duisenberg said.
Full report on the NL Times site