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Debates around student number caps and quality assessment will force Dutch researchers to take sides

Two main topics are set to dominate the Dutch higher education world in 2023—and both are likely to rouse passionate debate among academics.

The first big issue is a cap on the number of international students allowed to enter the country, which was passed by the Dutch parliament in November. The government and some of the big universities say the cap is necessary to ensure students from abroad can find accommodation, and to reduce the problem of over-subscription in some courses. The cap was first mooted in August, after the University of Amsterdam pleaded with international students to give up their places if they could not find accommodation.

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