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18 October 2007, THE HAGUE – The Netherlands should become more attractive to foreign researchers. Five organisations who feel responsible for knowledge workers in the Netherlands presented a plan to Education minister Ronald Plasterk on Wednesday.

18 October 2007

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands should become more attractive to foreign researchers. Five organisations who feel responsible for knowledge workers in the Netherlands presented a plan to Education minister Ronald Plasterk on Wednesday.

Universities should attract more excellent students and academics should be offered more interesting career prospects. Moreover, it would be favourable if a number of research institutes located their facilities in the Netherlands. Universities and the business sector should strengthen their ties.

The Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW), research organisation TNO, employers' organisation VNO-NCW, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and the Netherlands umbrella Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO have urged the government to promptly take action. The appeal is primarily directed at Plasterk and his colleague Maria van der Hoeven (Economic Affairs).

The five organisations believe that the Netherlands is losing ground to the neighbouring countries that are more active in attracting highly qualified knowledge workers. The five also concluded that the Netherlands, both the government and the business sector, are investing too little in scientific research.

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Subject: Dutch news

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