Govt should tackle fake ‘universities’

30th July 2009, Comments 1 comment

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

1 Comment To This Article

  • Heliogabolus posted:

    on 12th August 2009, 17:12:44 - Reply

    What about all the many Dutch "hogescholen" which, as far as I know, have no right to call themselves "universiteiten" but instead use a weird loophole to advertise themselves as "universities" in English. The absurdity of the situation is illustrated, as just one example, by the HAN (Hogeschool Anrnhem Nijmegen". Recently, it is reported (in, HAN-president Ron Bormans stated that "young people nowadays must 'act and think'. Universities don't supply such people, so the higher Professional education must." So far so good (even if you think that the content of these claims is itself entirely banal). Now we turn to the official HAN-webpage,, then switch to the English-language version and - hey presto - this institute of higher professional education becomes just what its president professes to oppose, namely ... HAN "University" of Applied Sciences.
    What can account for this contradiction?
    Could it be marketing? Sales? Cash?
    And could it be that the so-called "Minister of Education", Mr Plasterk, encourages this kind of trick?