Universities outside the Randstad don’t want to limit the intake of international students

While the Dutch House of Representatives is pushing to limit the influx of international students to the Netherlands, universities around the Dutch border are concerned. 

Though Dutch universities had previously put the recruitment of international students on hold, Minister of Education Robbert Dijkgraaf still believes that the Netherlands is “at [its] maximum” when it comes to international students, writes NU.nl. 😥

In February, he will come up with a proposal to definitively address the situation.

Worries in Zeeland and Limburg

In areas like Zeeland and Limburg, universities don’t appreciate the idea of limiting the number of students from abroad. 

They are eager to recruit students from abroad, not only to create a diverse learning environment, and a healthy labour market, but also to counteract the ageing population.

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Multiple institutions from the south of the Netherlands have now openly expressed their concern about Dijkgraaf’s plans. “The region needs the international students,” a spokesperson for the University of Twente tells RTL Nieuws

No ‘one size fits all’ solution

After 115,000 new international students had come to the Netherlands in 2021 alone, MinisterDijkgraaf is thinking of a long-term measure to reduce this ever-growing number. 

While he is open to making exceptions in areas with a labour shortage, for example, he wants to ensure that this does not happen too much.

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But universities affected by Dijkgraaf’s incoming proposal are putting their foot down: they say ‘nee’ to limiting the number of international students. 🚫

There is no ‘one size fits all,’ the spokesperson for the University of Twente claims. Instead, it would be good  “if universities could decide for themselves how to adjust to student influx.”

What do you think of the plans to limit the influx of international students to the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments.

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Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Say 'hoi' to Lyna, our Senior Writer at DutchReview! Fueled by a love for writing, social media, and all things Dutch, she joined the DR family in 2022. Since making the Netherlands her home in 2018, she has collected a BA in English Literature & Society (Hons.) and an RMA in Arts, Literature and Media (Hons.). Even though she grew up just a few hours away from the Netherlands, Lyna remains captivated by the guttural language, quirky culture, and questionable foods that make the Netherlands so wonderfully Dutch.


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