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Under pressure to work ever more efficiently, Dutch researchers are at breaking point. They need money, not empty promises, says Erik te Roller.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that universities are in need of sufficient public money. After all, society and the economy benefit greatly from academic research.

Over the past 10 years, however, the Dutch government has shifted its focus from the benefits of science to the cost—with disquieting results. Year on year, universities in the Netherlands have been given too little funding to cope with a growing number of students. While the government insisted for a long time that they could cope by working more efficiently, a limit now seems to have been reached.

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