Educational policy, the Netherlands

Education and Integration: A Dutch Party Wants Fewer Foreign Students

The Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) wants fewer foreign students to come to study in the Netherlands. According to Eric Lucassen (PVV) foreign students take the place of Dutch students. The Germans are singled out as the biggest problem. As a former foreign student in the Netherlands and a current teacher at a Dutch institution which prides itself in being a leading international research university my personal position on this issue should be self-evident. However, the problem with foreign students boils down to be the lack of student housing according to the PVV, and I can actually agree that (the lack of) student housing is a problem in some places. Still, the housing shortage is just an unintended side-effect of an otherwise successful edicational policy and any country should be happy to attract students from all over the world. The housing shortage should be addressed but not at the expense of building fences around Dutch universities.

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2 thoughts on “Education and Integration: A Dutch Party Wants Fewer Foreign Students

  1. Coincidentally I investigated this issue for a master course of Public Administration at Leiden University.

    A report from the Nuffic [1] reveals that in the academic year of 2010-2011 52.000 foreign students were enrolled in Dutch higher education, 8% of the total student population. But only 16.000 Dutch students enrolled in foreign universities In the academic year of 2007-2008, 2,7% of the total.

    Also, an interesting fact is that in 2003 Germany had 227.000 foreign students, 10,1% of the total [2]. But we never heard the Germans complain.

    So from my perspective Lucassen had better figure out a way to get Dutch students to study abroad more, or he should not inflate the problem.

    [1] http://www.nuffic.nl/nederlandse-organisaties/docs/kerncijfers/mib2011-online.pdf
    [2] http://www.studentenwerke.de/se/2004/Internat_en.pdf

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