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Dutch pilot programme looks to reorganise academic year

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Minister aims to reduce researchers’ workloads and free up more time for science

Universities in the Netherlands have been given €10 million to improve the organisation of the academic year, in order to make it “smarter”.

The funding, announced by science minister Robbert Dijkgraaf (above) on 5 October, will be used to set up pilot projects at several universities. The institutions involved can reorganise how they administer classes and exams in order to best support staff and students. For example, Dijkgraaf said, universities could think about reducing the number of weeks in the academic year during which exams are held or during which students attend classes.

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