NETHERLANDS

Universities warned about security dangers of collaboration

Collaboration between Dutch knowledge institutions and universities abroad can threaten national security, said the Advisory Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation in a new report which urges universities and universities of applied sciences to work on raising awareness about the risks associated with international collaborations, reports NL Times.

“Recent geopolitical, technological and social developments in the world have raised concerns about international collaborations,” said the advisory board. “A series of incidents” has shown that such cooperation can pose a threat to national security. “For example, when information about critical infrastructure and military technology is stolen.”

The council referred to a report from the General Intelligence and Security Service at the end of 2020 after two Russian diplomats were expelled from the Netherlands for being involved in espionage in the Dutch high-tech sector and science. The Netherlands needs to do more scientific research into “knowledge security”, the advisory council said.
Full report on the NL Times site