Universities fail to keep up with student numbers – Report
The report, published by the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES), showed how there has been a 55% increase in the number of French-speaking university students since 2005, but staff numbers have only risen by 26%. Compared to one for 35.8 students in 2005, there is one employee for 44.1 students today.
This phenomenon was also experienced in non-university higher education institutes, where the average number of students per employee increased from 17.9 to 19.3 between 2005 and 2021. In the so-called hautes écoles for example, teaching staff numbers rose by only 7.6%, despite having to teach 24% more students. Moreover, other figures from the ARES report indicate that the low number of staff may not be improved anytime soon, with 54% of new professors and teachers having left their profession in their first five years in the job. A further 34% of them left their jobs after only a year in the job.
Full report on The Brussels Times site