While the majority of the EU Member States establish welcoming schemes for skilled workers and new students, higher education institutions in the Netherlands want fewer international students.
According to the Universities of Netherlands (UNL), the government should cap the number of people admitted in the country for studying purposes as the quality of education is being threatened, and the workload is more difficult to manage, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
These statements were made by the Chairman of UNL, Pieter Duisenberg and acknowledged by the Minister of Education, Robbert Dijkgraff, who said that he would discuss the issue with the parliament on Wednesday (today). However, Dijkgraff pointed out that international students “can add value to Dutch education.”
“The coalition agreement includes substantial investments in academic education and research. We now have to use these to reduce the workload and put the basics in order. In addition, we are asking politicians to quickly provide additional options with which the universities can control international student numbers in a targeted manner. The expectation is that student numbers at universities will continue to rise in the coming years,” Duisenberg stated.
In conclusion, UNL’s plan unfolds several options such as setting a fixed number of students admitted in the English-language track within a study program, setting a maximum number of students from third countries per study program, and an emergency cap to be used if the number of registrations is rising.
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The number of students enrolled for the first time in Dutch universities surged by four per cent in 2021, reaching a total of 340,346. In addition, 80,000 more international students registered in the 2021/2022 academic year, marking a 14.2 per cent increase from the previous year.
According to Erudera.com, the number of international students in the Netherlands increased by ten per cent in September of 2021, as more students grew interested in pursuing their academic careers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on the matter, Dusienberg had said that it is a worldwide trend of students seeking good quality education options at inexpensive costs.
Moreover, data from the Immigration Service IND revealed that the number of study visa applications from third-country students reached 15,110 by the end of July in 2021, compared to the corresponding time in 2020 when IND admitted 12,310 study applications, which number declined by 40 per cent.
Most applications for study purposes in the Netherlands are filed by students from China, India, the United States of America, Turkey and Indonesia.