Warning against cuts to English-language technical courses

Five Dutch universities warned in an op-ed published by De Volkskrant that the Netherlands cannot afford to restrict English-language courses in the technical domain, given the current need for international talent in major transitions such as energy, food supply, climate and digitalisation, reports the NL Times.

The op-ed, signed by the rectors and chairs of TU Delft, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente, Wageningen University and Research, and the University of Groningen, expressed deep concern about the substantial cuts in education and science proposed by many political parties.

The universities emphasised the critical role of engineers in these transitions but noted that the Netherlands is not producing enough technicians compared to its neighbouring countries, ranking only 27th among the 37 OECD countries in terms of masters graduates in technology.
Full report on the NL Times site