The University of Amsterdam (UvA) wants to set a quota to reduce the influx of foreign students. The limit should apply to the English language variants of folk psychology and political science studies.
The university wants to determine the details of the class in consultation with the study programmes. This leaves the spokesperson AP Know after the previous reporting of Norwegian Refugee Council. The newspaper wrote that a trial with the cap should begin next year.
The UvA has wanted to limit the influx of foreign students for some time now. According to the spokesperson, two-thirds of psychology students are currently international.
Universities can set a so-called numerus fixus to limit the number of students in a program of study. In this case, a limited number of students will be accepted. However, this would also make the training less accessible for Dutch students.
The UvA wants to use the trial version to check if it is possible to focus only on international intake, so that education remains available to Dutch students. As far as we know, it is the first university in the Netherlands to set a quota in this way.
Programs want more control over the flow of foreign students
A university organization Dutch universities previously reported that about two dozen programs nationwide want to have more control over the flow of foreign students.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Currently, it is not legally allowed yet to assign a fixed number for example for the English language track of a study programme, while the Dutch language track remains open.”
Some universities also want to be able to limit the number of students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). This pertains to students from outside the European Union, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
An umbrella organization wants to speak to Minister Djgraf
The umbrella organization says it will discuss this issue with Minister Robert Dijkgrave (Education, Culture and Science) this academic year. Dijkgraaf says through his spokesperson that he wants to control the flow of international students in a targeted manner, “without jeopardizing the benefits of internationalization”.
The Language and Accessibility Act (WTT) should provide opportunities to limit the number of foreign students. Minister Djgraf postponed the law in June. He believes that the WTT must also deal with issues such as student housing and labor market shortages.
UvA does not agree with the solution mentioned by the Ministry
The Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) maintains that universities that wish to exclude foreign students may not discriminate on the basis of nationality. However, they can choose not to offer education in other languages for certain programmes. The department informed NU.nl about this in response to the plans of the UvA.
A spokesperson for the University of Amsterdam told this site you don’t think this is a good solution. Many Dutch students will also choose the English language variant of the study options. Many textbooks are in English as well.
“We have many good foreign language teachers,” says a UvA spokesperson. “Stopping variables in English from study options would be a shame.”
Another way to limit the influx of students from abroad, according to the ministry, is to stop active recruitment. The UvA announced that it had not announced the two studies abroad in years.
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