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Utrecht faculty dean urges caution after humanities windfall


Careful spending can make humanities faculty “more stable and stronger in the long term”

The dean of humanities at Utrecht University has issued a warning after his department was awarded enough money to hire 44 lecturers.

The university’s board had earlier decided that the humanities department would receive around a quarter of a €50 million funding injection from the Dutch government. In addition, a plan agreed between science minister Robbert Dijkgraaf and universities as part of a nationwide initiative will create an extra €3.2 million a year for humanities research and teaching at Utrecht.

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