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Van Rijn Commission: ‘Increase core funding for universities’

A highly anticipated report by the Van Rijn Commission, set up to revamp the financing of Dutch higher education, recommends increasing university core funding by €300 million.

This should be achieved by shifting €300 million from the variable part of the existing budget, linked to student numbers, to the ‘fixed’ core funding, the commission said in its landmark report, published on 15 May.

About 80 per cent of the shifted money should benefit technical universities and those strong in natural sciences, so that they can better cope with the desired influx of students.

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