Govt should tackle fake ‘universities’
Opposition party SP calls on Education Minister Ronald Plasterk to take measures against training institutes that falsely imply students can obtain a university degree from them.Seven new universities have been founded recently in The Hague, all of them by Iraqis. They include the Lahaye International University, the Alhuraa University and the Free University of The Hague.
Although they are registered with the Chamber of Commerce as universities, their diplomas are not recognised in the Netherlands as university degrees.
SP member of parliament Jasper van Dijk says the minister should prevent fake degrees from being awarded in the Netherlands. "The fact that any institute can call itself a university is confusing and misleading, and should be stopped."
Parliament asked the cabinet last month to make ‘university’ a protected title and Minister Plasterk has promised to investigate.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica