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  • 1. VSNU Association of Research Universities in the Netherlands1
  • 2. The VSNU represents the shared interests of the fourteen research universities in terms of their relation to Dutch and European politicians, government and civil society organisations2
  • 3. VSNU Position Represents the 14 Dutch research universities Employers’ organization for the university sector Board: 14 presidents of the universities Office: 41 employees Focus on collective strategies in educational quality and research performance3
  • 4. Dutch Research Universities4
  • 5. Dutch Research Universities 14 Universities Nine broad-based universities: 1 Erasmus University Rotterdam 7 2 Leiden University 3 Maastricht University 4 Radboud University Nijmegen 5 Tilburg University 6 University of Amsterdam 7 University of Groningen 6 8 Utrecht University 9 12 2 9 VU University Amsterdam 10 8 13 Universities of technology: 4 10 Delft University of Technology 1 11 Eindhoven University of Technology 5 12 University of Twente 11 Life sciences and natural resources: 13 Wageningen University and Research Distance learning/life-long learning: 145 3 14 Open Universiteit Nederland
  • 6. Dutch Research Universities Dutch Higher Education system Binary system Introduction BA/MA system in 2002 Research University: BA (3), MA (1-2), PhD (3-4) University of Applied Sciences: BA (4) 14 Research Universities 41 Universities of Applied Sciences6
  • 7. Dutch Research Universities Students and staff BA students: 175.000 MA students: 75.000 PhD students: 10.000 Academic staff: 24.000 (fte)7
  • 8. Dutch Research Universities Revenues University revenue 2009: € 5.7 bln 0.4 bln 0.5 bln Tuition fees Other 3.3 bln 1.4 bln Government grants Contract work8
  • 9. Education9
  • 10. Education Programs Bachelor programmes: 432 (5% in English) Master programmes: 901 (50% in English) PhD programmes: over 90% in English10
  • 11. Code of conduct for Dutch Research Universities international students. Self regulation by the Dutch system of higher education on the initiative of umbrella organisations VSNU (14 research universities) HBO-council (41 univ. of applied sciences) PAEPON (84 private institutions)11
  • 12. Code of Conduct Mission Monitoring minimal level of performance of institutions (one rotten apple spoils the whole basket) Certificate screening of incoming students Providing general (system) information to international community Shortening procedure of acquiring residence12 permits
  • 13. Code of Conduct Objectives of Institutions Increasing overall system quality Improving international cooperation (dual degree) Facilitating international students (degree seeking; dual degree)13
  • 14. Code of Conduct Objectives of Dutch government Prevent excesses Greater visibility of Dutch knowledge economy Implementation of European directive on access of non-EU students.14
  • 15. Code of Conduct Advantages of signing the Code License to enroll foreign students Participation in nationwide scholarship programs (like Huygens) Services by NUFFIC, like marketing and promotion, certificate screening, NESO’s, etc.15
  • 16. Code of Conduct Scope of the Code All types of information regarding study programs (quality, degree, level, facilities, costs, entrance requirements) Applies to both EU- and non-EU students (legal consequences for non-EU students only16
  • 17. Code of Conduct Obligations implied by Code Minimal language requirements for incoming students (5.0 IELTS for preparatory year and 6.0 IELTS for BA and MA) Monitoring study progress (report drop-out or no-show) Language requirements for teachers Only offer degree programs with official accreditation Control conduct of agents (report misconduct)17
  • 18. Code of Conduct Who signed? All 14 research universities All 41 universities of applied sciences 29 private institutions 17 applications have been turned down or withdrawn Register at www.internationalstudy.nl18
  • 19. Code of Conduct Monitoring committee Monitoring whether institutions comply with Code Confronting conduct of institutions with Code19
  • 20. Approach of Monitoring Code of Conduct committee Maintaining the register Dealing with complaints (students and institutions) Arbitrage Research Coordination of new issues related to Code Annual report20
  • 21. Code of Conduct Evaluation Self regulation works Institutions ‘protect’ the Code Some institutions closed their business Procedure to acquire visa and residence permits is shortened by 50% (14 days for visa; 34 days for residence permit) Code serves as model in drafting new Immigration law Positive impact on reputation of Dutch higher education21
  • 22. International Dutch Universities22