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Provisional enrolment figures at universities equal to last year; sign that more pre-university students are taking a gap year

In the 2022 academic year, approximately 340,000 students are enrolled at a university. This is similar to the previous academic year, according to the provisional enrolment figures of the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL). While around 4,000 more students are enrolled in Bachelor’s programmes, there are around 4,000 fewer students enrolled at Master’s level. This makes the total number of enrolments roughly equal to last academic year. UNL President Pieter Duisenberg: ‘The stabilisation of student numbers at our universities gives us the space to use the substantial investments from the coalition agreement to get the fundamentals in order when it comes to workloads and more time for research. However, the expectation is that student numbers will continue to increase in the years ahead. In the future study with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, we will examine what this will require from universities and from measures taken by the ministry.’

Launch of national platform for threatened academics

Academics regularly face threats, harassment and hate speech. To address this issue, Universities of the Netherlands (UNL), the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) are launching the platform WetenschapVeilig today. Academics who are being threatened or harassed can visit this website (www.wetenschapveilig.nl) 24 hours a day for help. UNL President Pieter Duisenberg: ‘Academics fulfil a crucial social function. It is unacceptable that they should have to face threats, harassment and hate speech in their work. This has an enormous impact on our people, and we view such threats as an attack on academic freedom. With the launch of WetenschapVeilig, we wish to support our academics as best as possible.’

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Dutch knowledge institutions sign European Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment

The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) and each of the 14 individual universities sign the European ‘Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment’. This agreement between the European Commission, Science Europe and the European University Association (EUA) endorses the objectives of the national Recognition & Rewards programme. The agreement contains arrangements about how research results must be assessed in order to enhance the quality and impact of the research, but also ensure integrity. In addition, attention is explicitly given to recognising and rewarding academics for the various tasks they perform. In total, 350 organisations from more than 40 countries have indicated that they will sign the agreement. ZonMw also intends to sign.

Universities of the Netherlands to launch website about its approach to the teacher shortage

Universities of the Netherlands is working on various projects, together with the Interuniversity Committee for Teacher Training (Interuniversitaire Commissie Lerarenopleidingen, ICL) and partners in the field of education, to train more academically trained teachers and make sure they stay in this profession.

Research universities and UMCs present ambition statement for animal-free innovations in academic education

Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) and the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) have joined forces to present an ambition statement for animal-free innovations in academic education.

Solid boost for education and research with first €60 million for profiling and cooperation

Minister Dijkgraaf today approved the first part of the university sector plans based on the positive recommendation of the National Sector Plans Committee. The Minister will make a total of €60 million available for 2022. In the spring of 2023, the remaining funds – amounting to a structural total of €200 million – will follow. Pieter Duisenberg, president of Universities of the Netherlands: 'We are making substantial investments in the foundations of universities by means of the sector plans. For example, universities and university medical centres wish to appoint around 1500 extra FTEs in the coming years. This will allow us to seriously reduce the workload and make a targeted contribution to major social challenges such as the digital transition, climate change and safety.'

Budget Day: substantial investments in universities and concerns about cost increases

Substantial investments will be made in universities in the coming years, totalling more than €1 billion per year in higher education and research. Before the summer, universities reached an administrative agreement with Minister Dijkgraaf regarding the allocation of these investments. On this basis, the 2023 Dutch national budget earmarked €300 million for starter and stimulation grants and €200 million for sector plans. The government is also investing in other areas such as student well-being, research facilities and knowledge security.

National Action Plan for Student Accommodation: 60,000 additional student housing units by 2030 

The shortage of student accommodation has grown continuously in recent years. According to the National Student Accommodation Monitor (Landelijke Monitor Studentenhuisvesting), presented today, there is now a shortage of almost 27,000 student housing units. The shortage is expected to increase to a total of 44,800 units in the twenty largest university cities by the 2029/2030 academic year. The National Action Plan for Student Accommodation (Landelijk Actieplan Studentenhuisvesting) was signed today to address this problem. The plan presents agreements among the government, accommodation providers, universities and student organisations on actions to be taken over the next years. The action plan’s goal is to make an additional 60,000 affordable student housing units available over the 2022-2030 period. 

Universities starting the new academic year together!

On Monday 5 September all Dutch universities will be starting their academic year. This time the Opening of the Academic Year (OAY) has a specially festive aspect because this year the first of the new government investments are reaching universities.

Research universities, universities of applied sciences and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science conclude administrative agreement on higher education and research

Research universities, universities of applied sciences and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science conclude administrative agreement on higher education and research

Research universities adopt common internship agreement

Research universities adopt common internship agreement

Q&A for Ukrainian students - Запитання та відповіді для українських студентів

Information on the coronavirus in relation to universities

Corona update 25th of August 2021: Update service document  The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has published a new version of the Service Document for Higher Education.

Learning Community Research Support Offices

On the 27th of June Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) organised, in collaboration with ARMA-NL, a Learning Community session for Research Support Offices (RSO). More than one hundred grant advisors, RSO heads, research managers and other interested participants from all over the country joined the event. The main aim was to exchange knowledge and best-practices to further strengthen and professionalise Research Support Offices.

The Green Deal and research: knowledge institutions as co-creators

Research and innovation are key enablers for the implementation of the Green Deal. There is an enormous urge to work together among different types of stakeholders. Long term mission-oriented funding schemes and sufficient human capital are needed to deliver on the ambitions. These were some of the key points raised during the hybrid event on the Green Deal and research, jointly organized by Neth-ER and Universities of the Netherlands on June 21st, 2022.
 

Government investments signify major step towards university recovery
 

Pieter Duisenberg, president of Universities of the Netherlands: ‘The universities will use this money to reduce the heavy workloads of staff and give researchers the opportunity to conduct further research. We are pleased that we will now be able to work towards a Normal Academic Standard.’

Invitation for hybrid event ‘European Green Deal: Impact and vision of Dutch research’

Neth-ER and Universities of the Netherlands cordially invite you to join the forthcoming hybrid event ‘European Green Deal: Impact and vision of Dutch research’ on June 21st from 15:30-17:30.

Universities of the Netherlands and trade unions reach negotiation settlement on 2022- 2023 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)

4% salary increase, one-off gross lump sum payment of €400, study into teachers’ career prospects and improvement of parental leave scheme

 

Universities lower tuition fees for students who fled Ukraine

Letter from UAF, VH and UNL about access to education for refugees from Ukraine 

Universities get green light for Growth Fund projects

Support to Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian students and staff members at Dutch universities

The Russian military assault on Ukraine has profoundly shocked knowledge institutions in the Netherlands, as represented by Universities of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dutch Research Council, the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres and The Young Academy. This is a direct assault on liberty and democracy, which are the fundamental values undergirding academic freedom and cooperation. Dutch knowledge institutions remain fully committed to providing help to Ukrainian students and staff.

Supplementary statement regarding the request under the Government Information (Public Access) Act submitted by The Rights Forum - 21 February 

All 14 universities affiliated with Universities of the Netherlands have received a request under the Government Information (Public Access) Act from The Rights Forum to disclose ‘the institutional ties of Dutch universities with universities, institutions and businesses in Israel and with organisations that propagate support for the State of Israel’. This request has prompted a number of questions and caused considerable unrest. All universities governed by the Government Information (Public Access) Act will petition the party that submitted the request for a delay, so that they have time to process it.

All constraints to face-to-face teaching removed, work-from-home recommendation relaxed

Dutch universities are ecstatic that students will be able to return to university buildings as of 18 February. The maximum group size will also lapse at that time, and the need to wear face masks will lapse on 25 February. The recommendation to work from home has already been relaxed. The recommendation is now to work from home if possible and to spend no more than half of your working hours at the university. Universities will discuss this with their employees. Additionally, to the universities’ relief, the proposal to introduce COVID certificates in higher education has been withdrawn.

340,000 students enrolled in universities this academic year

In the 2021-2022 academic year, 340,346 students are enrolled at Dutch universities. This is over 13,000 (4%) more than the record year 2020-2021, when there was an increase of 24,000 students (8%), partly due to the coronavirus crisis. This is evident from the final enrolment figures of the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL). The growing numbers of students will ensure that the pressure on universities remains unabated.

Universities relax BSA standard again this year 

Universities relieved that face-to-face teaching is possible again

Maximum of 75 people in one room and face masks mandatory

Universities and university medical centres welcome coalition agreement

Dutch universities and university medical centres are delighted with the substantial investments to be made in education, research and impact.

No further reopening of universities yet; new decision expected on 14 January 

Today, the Dutch government decided that it is not yet safe for VET colleges, universities and universities of applied sciences to reopen.

Student organisations and educational institutions call for opening of senior secondary vocational education and higher education

Higher education and senior secondary vocational education must take place in person again as soon as possible. This is what the student unions JOB, ISO and LSVb, the Netherlands Association of Senior Secondary Vocational Schools, the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands Association for Psychiatry, the National Youth Council and the Universities of the Netherlands are calling for. In a letter to the Outbreak Management Team, the organisations argue that educational institutions must be able to welcome all students back on campus as soon as possible. This is crucial to the quality of education and students’ well-being. 

How Coronavirus entry passes can be used on campuses

Using Covid passes to keep universities open is possible, but not in the way the government is proposing. That was the gist of a letter we sent to the government, together with the universities of applied sciences.

Universities relieved: no extra measures in higher education
In the press conference on Friday 26 November, the Dutch government announced that it would not introduce any extra coronavirus measures in higher education.
Universities of the Netherlands present Lifelong Learning platform
From business administrator to engineer and from communication professional to agronomist. Whether you want to improve the world or your chances on the labour market, you can continue to develop your skills at the university throughout life. Today, the universities of the Netherlands are launching the new online platform www.universitairdoorleren.nl. Pieter Duisenberg, president of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands: ‘Our working lives and the labour market have changed dramatically. People are increasingly aware of the importance of continuing to develop their skills. Together with the education providers at senior secondary vocational and higher professional education level, we are setting up a broad range for this purpose. We are launching this new online platform to make our existing online courses more visible to those who wish to continue learning at the university.’
Science-to-Impact: nine priorities to further increase impact of Dutch top science
Today, Techleap.nl and the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) kicked off the 'Science-to-Impact' movement. This movement aims to increase the impact of scientific knowledge by collaborating at all levels, from the heart of science.
Higher education: face-to-face teaching essential but government is asking the impossible with COVID-certificates
The universities of applied sciences and research universities wish to continue to offer as much face-to-face teaching as possible; this is of essential importance for students’ mental health.
Progress of measures to reduce pressure on the research system
NWO en de Nederlandse universiteiten hebben minister van Engelshoven (OCW) geïnformeerd over de voortgang van het integraal plan systeemdruk. In januari 2020 presenteerden NWO en Universiteiten van Nederland een pakket aan maatregelen om de toenemende aanvraagdruk en werkdruk onder wetenschappelijk personeel te verlagen. Met de voortgangsrapportage laten we zien welke belangrijke stappen er het afgelopen jaar zijn gezet om de ambities te realiseren.

Structural investments in research and science will be amply recouped 

Structural investments in research and science, as described in the proposal from the Knowledge Coalition, will be amply recouped. This is the finding from an independent analysis undertaken by RaboResearch, which has calculated the effects of the Knowledge Coalition's plans on its own initiative.

Universities under further pressure due to rise in student numbers: 4% increase in provisional enrolment figures
- Number of students enrolled at Dutch universities grows by 4%  - Increase primarily due to international student intake (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees) - Growth of Dutch student numbers stabilising - Repeated demand for management instruments for intake of international students
The Netherlands must become Europe’s valorisation hotspot
The Netherlands must become Europe’s valorisation hotspot. This is the shared ambition of the Dutch universities, university medical centres and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). On 1 November, these knowledge institutes are together launching a plan to strengthen the national valorisation ecosystem. The goal is to have an absolutely world-class valorisation system in the Netherlands by 2030.
Invitation Digital Society Conference 29 and 30 November 2021
After a year of absence due to the COVID pandemic, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, consisting of fourteen Dutch universities, is back, with a new edition of the Digital Society Conference.
National Alumni Survey 2021 launched
​​​​​​​On Thursday, 21 October 2021, the National Alumni Survey was launched. The survey asks Master’s graduates how well their degree has prepared them for the labour market.
Universities adopt national measures to combat threats against scientists
Universities pleased that physical education is fully possible again
The universities of the Netherlands are pleased that the government has indicated that, in principle, all education may once again take place on location. Pieter Duisenberg, president of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU): 'It is very good news for the students and lecturers that we can return to the campus more or less normally again. We will examine how we can use the extra space safely and responsibly. We fully understand and will pay attention to vulnerable students and lecturers who do not feel safe now that the measures are being relaxed. As is already the case, the universities will continue to talk with them to find the best solution.'
The academic year has started: safely and responsibly
The new academic year is under way, and there were fantastic events to mark the start of the new year on 30 August (in Tilburg) and Monday, 6 September at the other 13 universities.
20 jaar European University Association
The European University Association (EUA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Universities welcome students in person and online for the new academic year
Universities welcome students in person and online for the new academic year
A safe and responsible start to the academic year
From the 30th of August, university students and staff will no longer have to maintain the 1.5-metre distance within the buildings. This will provide more opportunities for physical education, such as tutorials and practical training.
Going to university? Get vaccinated!
Going to university? Get vaccinated! Do you have questions about vaccination? Check the videos on the Universiteit van Nederland website.
Universities finally reopen, but unfortunately with restrictions
In its press conference on 13 August, the government announced that the 1.5-metre social distancing measure for staff and students in higher education will no longer apply.
Response to the opinion piece ScienceGuide
An opinion piece was published on Scienceguide.nl in response to article by Nature referring to Utrecht University abandonment of the #impactfactor. We appreciate academics expressing their concerns about #RecognitionRewards and we will engage in dialogue.
Quotum Springer Nature Open Access publications will be reached in autumn 2021
In the VSNU contract for 2018-2021 with publisher Springer Nature a yearly maximum of scientific papers that can be published in Open Access by corresponding authors of the Dutch universities and UMC’s is agreed upon.
Universities present Knowledge Security Framework
On 8 July, the Dutch universities presented the Knowledge Security Framework to outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven. Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU): ‘We cherish transparency in science while also maintaining awareness of its potential downsides. With this framework, scientists and universities are gaining an even more precise tool for weighing the interests of open science against those of preventing undesired knowledge transfer.’
More permanent contracts, higher minimum wage and remuneration for hybrid working in Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU)
VSNU and employee organisations reach agreement on CAO NU 2021
Universities are preparing to abolish 1.5-metre distance measure in the new academic year
In its press conference of 18 June, the government announced that universities can prepare themselves to abolish the 1.5-metre distance measure for staff and students in higher education from 16 August. On 13 August, the government will make a final decision on this. Pieter Duisenberg, VSNU president: ‘It would be very good news if virtually all the coronavirus restrictions for higher education would be abolished. As a result, first-year students can still enjoy their orientation weeks and we can look forward to a new academic year without restrictions. The pandemic has shown that the academic community is present everywhere, but especially that social contact is essential for academic education.’
Pieter Duisenberg reappointed as President of the VSNU
Friday 4 June saw the Dutch universities unanimously reappoint Pieter Duisenberg as President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). Anton Pijpers, Member of the Executive Board of the VSNU and President of the Executive Board of Utrecht University: ‘Pieter has been working tirelessly for the universities over the past few years. The Dutch universities are convinced that he will be able to make a significant contribution to our sector over the next four years as well. We appreciate Pieter’s energy and have full confidence in him as President.’ The reappointment means that Pieter Duisenberg will hold the post of President of the VSNU until 1 October 2025.
Publication of a collection of articles on plagiarism in research and education
On Tuesday, 26 January 2021, the VSNU organised a theme afternoon on plagiarism in education and research. More than 250 people attended, including members of the research integrity committees and university examination and appeals boards, policy staff, academics and students. To ensure that the impact of the theme afternoon would not be lost and also that plagiarism would continue to be a subject of discussion, the speakers and other authors then compiled a collection of articles on plagiarism in research and education under the leadership of Prof. Jonathan Soeharno and Prof. Keimpe Algra.
Join the Internet consultation model Internship Agreement
Join the Internet consultation model Internship Agreement. The consultation is open until 1 July, 2021.
Dutch universities expect another big increase in applications
Dutch universities expect the number of applications for Bachelor’s programmes to increase once again in the coming academic year.
Back to campus at last
Universities are pleased with the government's decision to reopen campuses to more students from 26 April.
New open access deals with publishers
Universities represent accessible science, which is why they are working hard to provide more open access publications. In order to achieve this aim, we have been concluding agreements with publishers to make academic publications accessible free of charge. In 2020, contracts with a number of major publishers were renewed. These new deals make the results of academic research accessible free of charge to everyone worldwide rather than just to the university community and university hospitals. Researchers at Dutch universities will be able to publish their work open access in journals for which licences have been purchased – at no extra cost.
Growth Fund provides vital boost to knowledge and innovation
Growth fund provides vital boost to knowledge and innovation Today, the advisory committee of the National Growth Fund will advise the Dutch government to invest €1.6 billion in the plans for knowledge and innovation.
Universities of the Netherlands present Student Cabinet
Not a coalition agreement for four years, but a plan for the long term, based on science. The universities of the Netherlands present - just after the elections and in the middle of the formation - an alternative coalition agreement. Fourteen students form the first Dutch Student Cabinet, each representing an own ministerial post with a suitable plan for the future of the Netherlands.
Netherlands very successful in Horizon 2020
In recent years, the Netherlands has performed excellently in the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Dutch universities and university clinics received a total of EUR 2.56 billion: half of the total subsidy of over EUR 5 billion allocated to our country.
Towards a Normal Academic Standard
‘We are barely keeping our heads above water. Invest 1.1 billion euros. This is essential to restoring the level of Dutch university education to a Normal Academic Standard.’
Statement: Academic community condemns attack on academic freedom
Scientists must be able to conduct their research and publish their findings safely and freely. Harassing and threatening our people is a direct attack on academic freedom and freedom of expression.
PwC concludes that universities are €1.1 billion short
Universities and UMCs endorse PwC's conclusion that academic education and research are 1.1 billion short. The researchers also argue in favour of a new funding model, one that moves away from distributing a fixed amount based on ever-growing student numbers and moves towards formulating ambitions and adjusting the funding accordingly.
Universities: call for more prospects for students and lecturers in the near future
The Dutch universities regret that the government has not decided to allow more physical education at universities and are calling on the government to enable more physical education at universities as soon as possible.
Pilots launched for more physical education at universities
To facilitate more physical education during 2021, eight universities are exploring the possibilities of using corona rapid tests and other ways to facilitate more physical education.
Save the Date: VSNU-ISO Elections Knowledge Breakfast Education and Research: invaluable
Save the Date: VSNU-ISO Elections Knowledge Breakfast Education and Research: invaluable.
The best scientists from Dutch universities give free lectures - University of the Netherlands
The best scientists from Dutch universities give free lectures on the internet.
National Education Programme provides welcome support to universities
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) is positive about the National Education Programme that has just been presented.
National school-leaving examinations to go ahead, additional fail mark allowed
​​​​​​​We are pleased to hear that the national school-leaving examinations will go ahead as planned and that the secondary-school students who have to sit them under these difficult circumstances will be given a little more breathing space.
ISO and VSNU laud institutional accreditation based on improvement and trust
The Dutch National Student Association (ISO) and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) are pleased with the details of the system of institutional accreditation as outlined by outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven in her letter to parliament.
Listen to the Science for Policy podcast with Pieter Duisenberg, Liesbeth Hulst & Joost Sneller
Listen to the Science for Policy podcast with Pieter Duisenberg, Liesbeth Hulst & Joost Sneller
Final enrolment figures: 8% more students in 2020-2021
On 1 October 2020, there were 327,000 students enrolled at Dutch universities for the 2020-2021 academic year. The total number of students has grown by 8% compared to last academic year. This large growth is due to the fact that many more new students have enrolled, fewer graduates took a gap year to travel, and fewer students withdrew from their studies early.
NKN: Students need perspective now more than ever
Register now: The Netherlands National Open Science Festival
The Netherlands National Open Science Festival
Student Engagement; why it matters and how to tackle it.
Student Engagement; why it matters and how to tackle it.
Science and society at the heart of Impact 2021
National website for Recognition & Rewards programme
National website for Recognition & Rewards programme
Faculty of Impact: the world's first faculty devoted to boosting the impact of scientific research
Faculty of Impact: the world's first programme to boost the impact of scientific research
Consequences of Brexit and the UK's withdrawal from the Erasmus+ programme
Consequences of Brexit and the UK's withdrawal from the Erasmus+ programme
Universities reduce BSA standards by 10–15% overall this year
Universities reduce BSA standards by 10–15% overall this year
Pilots to research use of rapid tests at universities: University of Groningen first to start on Monday
Pilots to research use of rapid tests at universities: University of Groningen first to start on Monday
Priority access to vaccinations for teaching staff
Priority access to vaccinations for teaching staff
Han van Krieken joins Board of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands
From 1 January, Prof. Han van Krieken, Rector Magnificus of Radboud University in Nijmegen, will have a seat on the Board of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). He will succeed Arthur Mol, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University, whose term as Board member comes to an end on that date.
Recognition & Rewards Festival | January 22nd, 2020
On January 22nd, the Recognition & Rewards Festival will take place. All participants of the Dutch Recognition & Rewards programme will come together, along with other interested parties. During the festival we take a deep dive into culture change.
New guidance vis-à-vis knowledge security will support our guidelines
New guidance vis-à-vis knowledge security will support our guidelines
Revealed: The Top 10 most groundbreaking academic startups in NL
Revealed: The Top 10 most groundbreaking academic startups in the Netherlands.
A year after the launch of the position paper ‘Room for everyone’s talent’
Universities: more funds available for research and education after all, thanks to strong European Parliament
Universities: more funds available for research and education after all, thanks to strong European Parliament
Webinars - Recognition & Rewards
Webinars - Recognition & Rewards Monday 23rd & Friday 27th November 2020.
VSNU publishes e-zine ‘Universities in times of corona’
Today, VSNU chairman Pieter Duisenberg presented the e-zine ‘Universities in times of coronavirus’ to Ingrid Van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
Record number of 328,000 students at universities during coronavirus pandemic: 8% rise in provisional enrolment figures
Record number of 328,000 students at universities during coronavirus pandemic: 8% rise in provisional enrolment figures
Guide to Creative Commons for Scholarly Publications and Educational Resources available!
Guide to Creative Commons for Scholarly Publications and Educational Resources available!
Last chance to invest in European higher education and research
Last chance to invest in European higher education and research
NWO evaluation: appreciation for institute, wide-ranging investment in knowledge strongly required
NWO evaluation: appreciation for institute, wide-ranging investment in knowledge strongly required.
Dutch House of Representatives to have Committee for Digital Affairs
Dutch House of Representatives to have Committee for Digital Affairs.
Dutch Knowledge City Network presents position paper to Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven
Dutch Knowledge City Network presents position paper to Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven.
Twenty startups competing to become ‘Best academic start-up in the Netherlands’
From no fewer than an astounding 57 contenders, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and Techleap have nominated 20 academic startups.
Universities present SDG e-zine
The Dutch universities are actively contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Universities and UMCs present new guideline for intellectual property use by students
Universities and UMCs present new guideline for intellectual property use by students
Universities wish to prepare the Dutch workforce for the future: presenting a wide range of Lifelong Development programmes in AI, ICT and entrepreneurship
Universities wish to prepare the Dutch workforce for the future: presenting a wide range of Lifelong Development programmes in AI, ICT and entrepreneurship.
Prince's Day 2020
Growth Fund to provide important investments in knowledge for the future of the Netherlands, but no solutions on the horizon for structural bottlenecks.
SDG-Challenge 2021 - Register now!
SDG-Challenge 2021 - Register now!
Academic Startup Competition is back up and running!
Academic Startup Competition is back up and running!
New National Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion
Today, on 1 September, Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, will present the National Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in Education and Research.
Universities starting the new academic year together online with the 'OAY Festival'
Universities starting the new academic year together online with the 'OAY Festival'
Socially Responsible Licensing Toolkit
On 27 August 2020, NFU and VSNU presented the Socially Responsible Licensing (Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Licentiëren, MVL) toolkit to the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport.
Guide to Student Welfare in corona-time
Guide to Student Welfare in corona-time
Staff data 2019 available
Staff data 2019 available
European multi-annual budget great loss for research and innovation and society
How will we solve the challenges currently overwhelming us (like the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital society and a green transition with economic recovery) without an additional budget for fundamental research and innovation? That is the huge problem confronting more than just the academic world after the negotiations in the European Council on the EU budget. Everyone should ask themselves this, but especially the politicians in The Hague.
VSNU: coordinating a nationwide university digital transformation in one weekend
Director of Accountability at The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), Reinout Van Brakel, is talking about the instrumental role technology played in helping Dutch universities adapt during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.
The importance of acknowledgement and appreciation - ‘Make way for everyone’s talent’
The aim of the new academic programme focusing on acknowledgement and appreciation? Briefly put: more opportunities and appreciation for the unique talents embodied by academics.
Studying is something you do together
Consultation on Guiding Principles on Management of Research Information and Data
Consultation on Guiding Principles on Management of Research Information and Data.
Dutch research institutions and Elsevier initiate world’s first national Open Science partnership
VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier have agreed publishing, reading and open science services to support Dutch research and innovation ambitions
Negotiation settlement regarding Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities 2020
Negotiators representing the VSNU employer organisation and employee organisations FNV, AC-FBZ, CNV Overheid and AOB have reached a negotiation settlement on the 2020 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).
VSNU, NFU, NWO and Elsevier have agreed on a brief extension to finalise the agreement
Together against COVID-19: Launch of co-creation platform ResilientSociety
The ResilientSociety website is a co-creation platform for the scientists of the Dutch universities, national and regional government bodies, businesses, as well as many more public and private partners.
SSH & COVID-19: The expert portal for Dutch social sciences and humanities
SSH COVID-19 portal aims to consolidate and organize the SSH expertise across the Dutch universities in a publicly available national portal, ensuring fast and direct access to academic experts.
Three projects granted in Team Science call in Digital Society
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and COMMIT/ have awarded 135.000 euros to three new Team Science projects in the Digital Society Research Agenda of the VSNU. The granted projects focus on the topic of digitalisation, inclusion and participation. In the three projects researchers from various fields co-operate not only with other academics, but also with community members and other stakeholders.
Making way for all aspects of quality
Today, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will present the new Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP). Once every six years, the research organisations revise the evaluation protocol for academic research, which is used by research universities and KNAW and NWO institutions to evaluate research units.
EU and UK research and higher education organisations plan a strong future relationship post Brexit
On the day that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, higher education and research organisations from across the UK and Europe have reaffirmed their commitment to working together, and are calling on our respective governments to make this a priority as discussions about the future relationship get underway. 
The VSNU responds to the report 'Balance in the science system'
The VSNU is grateful to Minister Van Engelshoven and the Weckhuysen Committee for the report Balance in the science system and the recommendations that they have made. It is a good report with the necessary attention for unrelated research. The VSNU agrees with the Commission that the balance between independent and strategic research must be restored.
Program "Governance of the University in the 21st Century" launched!
Green light for follow-up to VSNU's ‘You Share, We Take Care’ pilot project
PUBLICATION SHARING THROUGH REPOSITORY GIVEN ADDITIONAL BOOST
Dutch research institutions and Elsevier reach framework agreement
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and information and analytics business Elsevier have reached a framework agreement. NWO President Stan Gielen: “This agreement is in accordance with Plan S and is a huge step towards 100% open access and therefore a major breakthrough for open science in the Netherlands.” Overall it means that Dutch research institutions and Elsevier will embark on a new and innovative approach to scientific research, making it more transparent, collaborative, efficient, in support of social issues and questions. VSNU’s chief-negotiator Tim van der Hagen: “This is the beginning of a new way of working for science. We will be in the driving seat of what’s important for science in the future and the applicable rules of engagement and services needed in this context.”
'A good university is an international university'
Opinion of the Rectores Magnifici of all Dutch universities
Collaborating universities adopt new Governance Code
The Dutch universities have an important social mission: to provide academic education for future generations, to conduct scientific and scholarly research and to develop and share scientific knowledge in close interaction with society. Successful fulfilment of this broad social mission requires good governance and oversight. In the new Dutch Universities Governance Code, the universities have defined the guiding principles in this regard. This new Code is one of the joint actions from the vision paper ‘Knowledge for our future’.
300 experts gather to discuss an inclusive digital society
Digital Society Conference in Utrecht debates the opportunities and risks of digitalisation
Knowledge sector takes major step forward in new approach to recognising and rewarding academics
Today, the VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO and ZonMw are publishing the position paper ‘Room for everyone’s talent: towards a new balance in the recognition and rewards for academics’ in which we indicate how we aim to more broadly recognise and reward the work of academic staff.
Digital Society Conference 26 November 2019
After last year's success, the fourteen Dutch universities, united in the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, are thrilled to announce the return of the Digital Society Conference.
Dutch universities contribute actively to the Sustainable Development Goals
The Dutch universities have been making a sustained effort to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for some years now. The SDG dashboard now also makes it possible to understand to which degree this applies to various goals.
E-zine Opening Academic Year 2019-2020
E-zine Opening Academic Year 2019-2020
Opening Academic Year 2019-2020
Opening Academic Year 2019-2020
Mind Your Data – Privacy and Legal Matters in E-Health
The Health & Well-being group of the VSNU Digital Society invites you to the "Mind Your Data" conference in Leiden.
Dutch universities organise second edition Digital Society Conference
After last year's success, the fourteen Dutch universities, united in the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, are thrilled to announce the return of the Digital Society Conference! 
VSNU's response to the Van Rijn Committee's advisory report: perspective concerning the shift from allocation model to funding model, greater research freedom, grave concerns about negative reallocation effects.
Open Access: it’s about more than just journal articles
27 startups in race for most groundbreaking innovations of science in The Netherlands
Social safety at our universities: ensuring a safe, open and respectful sector
Social safety at our universities: ensuring a safe, open and respectful sector
Universities working continuously on improving doctoral research practices
Unique collaboration strengthens bond between teaching and research
Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) presents sector overview
VSNU, AcTI and StartupDelta organise academic startup contest for GES 2019
Universities unanimous in support of climate letter
Fourth VSNU eZine on open access: The importance of ‘international alignment’
Sharp rise in number of students enrolled at universities
VSNU statement on Plan S: ambitions remain high, transition will require due care
Dutch universities give open access another boost
Dutch universities and Elsevier: six-month extension to current license agreement
Dutch universities and Elsevier: six-month extension to current license agreement
Digital Society Conference e-zine
Digital Society Conference e-zine
VSNU, NWO, NFU and ZonMw drive change in recognition and reward of academics
VSNU, NWO, NFU and ZonMw drive change in recognition and reward of academics
Research universities and universities of applied sciences launch Acceleration Plan
Research universities and universities of applied sciences launch Acceleration Plan
Half of all peer-reviewed articles by Dutch universities is available in open access
Half of all peer-reviewed articles by Dutch universities is available in open access
Open Access 2018 Week
Open Access 2018 Week
Dutch universities organise the Digital Society Conference
Dutch universities organise the Digital Society Conference
Conference 'Funding Universities' links scientific insights to funding issues
Conference 'Funding Universities' links scientific insights to funding issues
New Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
New Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
E-zine Opening Academic Year 2018-2019
E-zine Opening Academic Year 2018-2019
Acceleration of open access
The Dutch universities are pleased with the announcement by the international group of research funding bodies (Science Europe) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) that, from 2020, all publications resulting from projects funded by the affiliated bodies will be published exclusively in fully open access journals.
Universities: quality satisfactory, urgent measures to tackle bottlenecks now required, long-term investments needed
Universities: quality satisfactory, urgent measures to tackle bottlenecks now required, long-term investments needed
Symposium new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
It is vital that research is carried out in accordance with the principles of research integrity. In September 2018, a new Code of Conduct for Research Integrity will be published. As of 1 October this new code will officially replace the previous 2004 Code.
Contracts Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis published
Earlier this year the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reached an agreement on the main issues with Springer Nature and Taylor & Francis. In the past months details have been fleshed out in the contract. Both publishers have now agreed to publish their contract. 
Save the date: Digital Society Conference
The Dutch universities are organising the Digital Society Conference on Tuesday 27 November to build closer ties with knowledge organisations, the corporate sector and government, and invest in innovative research for a better digital society. 
New CAO final, work pressure retains a top spot on the agenda
This week the new CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) for Dutch universities became definitive: both trade unions and universities have expressed their support for the results achieved in the negotiations.
Open access deal reached with Wolters Kluwer
As part of its negotiations with Wolters Kluwer to extend the contract for legal and fiscal professional literature, the VSNU has agreed open-access terms. The 27 academic journals in Wolters Kluwer’s collection of otherwise mainly professional literature will be subject to new and explicit open-access embargo rules.
Association of Universities in the Netherlands and trade unions reach negotiation settlement regarding new collective labour agreement
The trade unions/employee organisations FNV, AC/FBZ, CNV Overheid and VAWO/CMHF and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands have reached a negotiation settlement regarding a new collective labour agreement that will affect the roughly 50,000 academic staff in the Netherlands
New website research programme Digital Society
Today the new website about the research programme Digital Society has been launched. In the research programme thirty professors of the fourteen Dutch universities join forces and are working together to secure the Netherlands leading international position in the field of human-centred information technology and to find solutions to global challenges.
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences publish their Internationalisation Agenda
In this globalising world with its borderless science and education, Dutch universities play a leading role. Universities and universities of applied sciences wish to make the most of the opportunities offered by international collaboration, taking the quality and accessibility of higher education as a starting point. Internationalisation therefore requires careful consideration.
Universities strengthen educational quality through sector agreement
Today, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and Minister Van Engelshoven signed the sector agreement on university education. This agreement establishes how the expenditure of student loans will be arranged.
Double Investment in Research, Innovation and Education to Boost Europe's Competitiveness and Sustainability
European association of universities call upon the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council, to double the budget for research, innovation and education in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
Oxford University Press and VSNU reach agreement on 100% open access deal
Today, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and Oxford University Press are pleased to announce a new three year deal covering subscriptions to OUP’s journals and 100% open access to Dutch contributions in these journals in 2019 and 2020.
Springer Nature and VSNU renew agreement on open access publishing
Springer Nature and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) have renewed their agreement to secure open access publishing for Dutch universities up to 2021.
No agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing 
The Dutch universities and Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing (RSC) have been unable to reach a new agreement on access to scientific journals.
Education Festival
Following the huge success of the first edition, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) is organising a second Education Festival. The VSNU Education Festival will take place on Thursday 24 May 2018.
Association of Universities in the Netherlands launches 2018-2020 Road Map to Open Access 
100% open-access publication by 2020: that ambition is stated by the National Plan Open Science and the goal to which the VSNU has committed its efforts. The VSNU E-zine on open access published today includes the plans made by the universities in order to achieve this goal. 
Association of Universities: a modern EU should invest more in research and innovation
The EU should invest a larger share of its budget in outstanding research and innovation. This is the key message the Association of Universities in the Netherlands puts forward regarding the new European research programme FP9.
Wilma van Wezenbeek named Open Access Project Leader
Wilma van Wezenbeek, director of the TU Delft Library, will succeed Robert van der Vooren as Open Access Project Leader at the VSNU with effect from 1 January 2018.
Europe’s University Leaders Call for Urgent Brexit Clarification
Leaders of European higher education bodies have signed a statement calling on governments across Europe to speed up Brexit negotiations so talks can begin over the future of European research, collaboration, and student mobility.
10,000th open access article published
The second of October was a day to remember, being the date of the 10,000th open access article to be published under the agreements that the VSNU has made with publishers. Over the past two-and-a-half years, more and more publishers have agreed to sign open access agreements. This development has accelerated the growth in the number of open access articles published.
Pieter Duisenberg new President of the VSNU
Pieter Duisenberg has been appointed as the new President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). As of 1 October 2017, he will succeed Karl Dittrich who has led the VSNU since 2012 and who will now retire.
100% Open Access agreement with Cambridge University Press
100% Open Access agreement with Cambridge University Press
No agreement between VSNU and Oxford University Press
No agreement between VSNU and Oxford University Press
VSNU supports call by European universities to refrain from interference in university autonomy
Negotiating parties reach agreement on Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities
Negotiating parties reach agreement on Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities
US-travel ban severely impacts scientific talent
Major advance in open access with Sage
Major advance in open access with Sage
Springer open access deal follow-up after successful first meeting
Springer open access deal follow-up after successful first meeting
Wolters Kluwer contract renewed without open access
Wolters Kluwer contract renewed without open access
The Netherlands as a leader and testing ground for digital society
The Netherlands as a leader and testing ground for digital society
VSNU joins statement of European Rectors' Conferences on collaboration with the UK
VSNU joins statement of European Rectors' Conferences on collaboration with the UK
Dutch universities support Turkish academics and students
Open access agreement between Taylor & Francis and VSNU
Open access agreement between Taylor & Francis and VSNU
VSNU supports call by European universities to refrain from interference in university autonomy
American Chemical Society Supports Open Access Goals of Dutch Universities
American Chemical Society Supports Open Access Goals of Dutch Universities
VSNU pleased with European action plan Open Science
VSNU pleased with European action plan Open Science
The Netherlands: Paving the way for open access
The Netherlands: Paving the way for open access. VSNU publishes E-zine on Dutch approach
Combined open access and subscription agreement between Wiley and Dutch universities
Combined open access and subscription agreement between Wiley and Dutch universities
Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach agreement in principle on Open Access and subscription
Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach agreement in principle on Open Access and subscription
Linguists to Publish Journal Articles in ‘Fair’ Open Access
Linguists to Publish Journal Articles in ‘Fair’ Open Access
Agreements regarding refugees in higher education
Agreements regarding refugees in higher education
Minister eats breakfast with students: Holland Scholarships presented at Schiphol
Minister eats breakfast with students: Holland Scholarships presented at Schiphol
Dutch Universities and SAGE reach agreement on open access
Dutch Universities and SAGE reach agreement on open access
University campus will continue to play a central rol in 2025
University campus will continue to play a central rol in 2025
Wiley and Dutch universities take step towards open access
Wiley and Dutch universities take step towards open access
Increasing international collaboration in joint programmes
Increasing international collaboration in joint programmes
Holland Scholarship encourages student mobility
Holland Scholarship encourages student mobility
Negotiating parties reach agreement on collective labour agreement for Dutch universities
Negotiating parties reach agreement on collective labour agreement for Dutch universities
VSNU signs San Francisco declaration
VSNU signs San Francisco declaration
Springer and universities take key step towards open access
Springer and universities take key step towards open access
Negotiations between Elsevier and universities failed
Negotiations between Elsevier and universities failed
Science organisations present new evaluation protocol for research
Science organisations present new evaluation protocol for research
Sharp increase in number of pre-university (VWO) students at universities
Sharp increase in number of pre-university (VWO) students at universities
Loan system for Master's students postponed
Loan system for Master's students postponed
Universities embrace principle of open access but have concerns about the right way to do it
Universities embrace principle of open access but have concerns about the right way to do it
Engagement of international students with the Dutch labour market necessary
Engagement of international students with the Dutch labour market necessary
VSNU: AWT and WRR reports: basis for future agenda
VSNU: AWT and WRR reports: basis for future agenda
ERC: The Netherlands is among the European elite in the field of top research
ERC: The Netherlands is among the European elite in the field of top research
VSNU signs innovation contracts
VSNU signs innovation contracts
Dutch research universities once again beacons of excellence in world rankings
Dutch research universities once again beacons of excellence in world rankings
Horizon2020 offers a wealth of opportunities to Dutch researchers
Horizon2020 offers a wealth of opportunities to Dutch researchers
Universities Launch Digital Society Research Agenda
Universities Launch Digital Society Research Agenda
Universities in the Netherlands are closely monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus
Universities in the Netherlands are closely monitoring the situation surrounding the coronavirus. The universities are currently following the health-related advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Inspirerende learning community evalueren van toelatings- en selectiebeleid
Inspirerende learning community evalueren van toelatings- en selectiebeleid

Universities get green light for Growth Fund projects

On 14 April, the advisory committee of the National Growth Fund announced which Growth Fund applications would be granted in the second round, following which the government has decided to facilitate further development of the relevant projects. Many universities are involved in the various projects for which Growth Fund applications have been granted, confirming their essential contribution to knowledge development, creating impact and valorisation. Pieter Duisenberg, President of Universities of the Netherlands: ‘Through top-class education and research, universities are contributing to solutions to major social challenges facing the Netherlands, including digitalisation, lifelong learning and research into biotechnology. Thanks to the huge investments made through the National Growth Fund, we can now speed up our contribution and deploy our knowledge and expertise in projects that ensure that our social impact can grow.’ In addition to the participation in projects by individual universities, Universities of the Netherlands is itself a consortium partner in three projects for which Growth Fund applications have been granted: Biotech Booster, National Lifelong Learning Catalyst (Nationale LLO-Katalysator), and Education Digitalisation Drive (Digitaliseringsimpuls Onderwijs).