Netherlands popular with foreign academics

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The Netherlands is a popular destination for academic researchers from outside the European Union, Dutch daily reports. But for overseas students, its universities are less attractive, a recent analysis of Dutch and European figures reveals.

In particular the country draws scientists to its universities of technology. The number of overseas researchers per 100,000 inhabitants almost doubled between 2008 and 2010, rising from 5.2 in 2008 to 9 in 2010. The figure is beaten only by Denmark.

But the Netherlands is in tenth place in Europe when it comes to attracting foreign students. The reason is that in the Netherlands it takes two years to complete a master’s degree programme, a spokeperson for Delft University of Technology told . In the UK, which tops the list, it takes just a year. And Dutch tuition fees are relatively high – in Sweden at third place on the list university education is free.

The figures come from an analysis by Dutch news agency ANP of figures from the Association of Universities in the Netherlands VSNU and the European statistics office Eurostat.


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