Dutch universities have less money to spend

14th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A combination of increased attendance and flat government allocations have knocked down per-student funding.

The Hague – The per-student funding that Dutch universities receive from the government has decreased in the past decade, according to the association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU).

De Volkskrant reported that the amount that universities receive per student has fallen in real terms by 10 percent since the mid-1990s.

In the 1995-1996 school year, the government provided EUR 5,832 per student, which rose to more than EUR 6,000 by the end of the decade. However, the amount had fallen to EUR 5,372 per student in 2008.

The number of students has increased from 176,000 in 1995 to 211,000 in 2008.

A spokesperson for the university association said that the real picture was even worse when compared with the 1980s.  

During that time, the budget allocation per student was 40 percent higher in real terms than in 2008.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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