Press releases and news

Joint Statement on the association of the United Kingdom and Switzerland to Horizon Europe

Universities, university medical centres and KNAW advocate expanding European support for science

Horizon Europe is one of the world’s largest international funding programme for science and innovation. Nonetheless, the Dutch universities, the university medical centres and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) have found that the Horizon programme could still be better equipped to make a real difference with regard to the great challenges we face.

Transparent conditions for the fast growth of university spin-offs

Today, Universities of The Netherlands (UNL) is presenting transparent principles for the transfer of intellectual property to (university) spin-offs. These deal terms, as they are called, regulate how to deal with intellectual property and universities’ share ownership in spin-offs that involve a researcher terminating their employment.

UNLimited - Call for Proposals 2023

UNLimited is the leading meeting of 2023 for everyone who works in, with and for universities.

Nettie Buitelaar appointed managing director of Biotech Booster

As per December 1, 2022, Nettie Buitelaar started as managing director of Biotech Booster. Biotech Booster was awarded almost €250M by the National Growth Fund last April, to accelerate the translation of biotech knowledge to the market and society.

UNLimited 2023 - Save the date: 28th and 29th of September!

On 28 and 29 September 2023, Universities of the Netherlands will host the UNLimited Festival: a multidisciplinary gathering for everyone who works at, with and for universities.

Reading material! First Recognition & Rewards magazine published

The first Recognition and Rewards magazine is out now!

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.’

Programme Digital Society Conference 2022

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 ( 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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We make the same plea in a Joint Statement with our colleagues from @FranceUniv, @HRK_aktuell, @CH_universities,
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RT @hetpnn: CALL TO OUR NETWORKPNN has set up a survey to investigate the current state of international scholarship PhD candidates. To
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