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Tilburg University received money to attract students in North Brabant

15 March 2008, 00:00

Tilburg University has several ideas for how to spend the € 100,000 it will receive from the province of North Brabant to attract new students.

Tilburg University has several ideas for how to spend the € 100,000 it will receive from the province of North Brabant to attract new students. Besides giving support to the Brabant universities, the province is working on its own scholarship for talented students, including students from abroad.

As part of its 'Brabant as knowledge region' policy, the province of North Brabant is going to support the universities in Eindhoven and Tilburg in attracting new students. "As a result of a flourishing economy, we need highly qualified personnel. The universities are wrestling with dropping market shares, and have asked for help. By supporting them financially, the province gives a signal to employers that we aim to educate talented students.

At the same time it fits our policy to make the student cities of Tilburg and Eindhoven more attractive", explains Annemarie Moons (Social Democrats PvdA), member of the Provincial Executive in charge of Economics and sustainability, and former chairperson of the university council in Eindhoven. The universities are free to spend the money as they wish, as long as they make clear that the province contributed it. Tilburg University will use the €100,000 for an additional campaign to attract students, focusing on the information days at the end of March.

"Posters in bus shelters, radio commercials; with this money we can do things we normally could not have done", says Jolanda van den Broek, head of Public and External Affairs. If it is up to Moons, the financial support is only a first step. "We are working on scholarships for talented students from the Netherlands and abroad, which we aim to link to internships, for instance, making the relation with the companies directly visible." [RA/transl.YV]

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