Press releases and news

Definitive agreement on CAO 2023-2024 for Dutch Universities

On 26 July, following a positive backbench consultation, Universities of the Netherlands and the employees’ organisations FNV, FBZ, CNV Overheid and AOb converted the cla negotiating settlement which was concluded on 28 June into a definitive agreement. The collective labour agreement (CAO-NU) is in effect from 01 April 2023 through 30 June 2024.

Dutch universities to take different approach to rankings

Dutch universities will take a more critical stance towards global university rankings. These ‘league tables’ have methodological shortcomings and their assessment of the research achievements of universities is too one-sided, being based on the number of publications and citations. This is at odds with the Recognition & Rewards programme, through which Dutch universities emphasise quality rather than quantity. So concludes an expert group advising the Board of the Universities of the Netherlands.

Universities and employee organisations reach negotiation settlement on 2023 CAO-NU

On 28 June, negotiators representing the employers’ organisation Universities of the Netherlands and the employees’ organisation reached a negotiation settlement on the 2023 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). The parties in the collective agreement agreed to a 9.0% salary increase from 1 August, in addition to a one-off gross payment of up to €1200. The universities also agreed that the number of lecturers with a temporary contract (expressed as a percentage of the total academic teaching staff) must be reduced from 15.0% to 13.5% in three years’ time. This will result in approximately 300 new permanent positions.

Universities to have more control over intake of international students

Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf, has today submitted the Letter to Parliament on Internationalisation in Higher Education to the House of Representatives. In this letter he sets out a number of actions that are designed to enable more effective regulation of the intake of international students. The Minister will set to work immediately on a bill that will give universities legal powers to control the intake of international students more effectively at degree programme level from academic year 2025-2026 onwards.

Minister Dijkgraaf actively engaged in dialogue with scientists during Recognition & Rewards festival

During the Recognition & Rewards Festival on Thursday, 13 April, more than 250 participants actively engaged with each other on the different elements of the Recognition & Rewards programme. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, also participated in a workshop and engaged in a dialogue with scientists. During the festival, he was also handed the recently published road map 'Room for everyone's talent in practice' by the national Recognition & Rewards steering group. 

All knowledge institutions create new career paths this year

Dutch knowledge institutions and research funders are taking a new step forward in the Recognition & Rewards programme. This will involve the publication of a road map of concrete plans for the immediate future, including new career and development paths for academics.

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.


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