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MPs pass motion to reinforce Dutch as teaching language

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Research ministry urged to develop legislation that will allow English courses only in exceptional circumstances

MPs have passed a motion in support of requiring all universities in the Netherlands to teach undergraduate degrees in Dutch.

During a parliamentary debate on the recruitment of international students on 31 January, five MPs, led by independent MP Pieter Omtzigt, introduced a motion to “develop clear standards for the use of Dutch during the bachelor’s phase”. The motion was passed on 7 February.

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