Top Dutch scientist slams research investment

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Quality of learning will drop unless research and development funding is rapidly increased, says the Dutch scientist.

21 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Robbert Dijkgraaf says the quality of learning in The Netherlands will suffer unless research and development funding is rapidly increased.

Professor Dijkgraaf, who took over as president of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences on Monday, believes Dutch scholars are still highly regarded, but as a direct result of adequate funding in the past.

He said government and business investment in Dutch research and development is among the lowest in Europe. He fears that the country's competitive power and its ability to produce innovative research will be damaged unless more money is provided.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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