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The 2013 Financial Times business school rankings for Europe, measuring business schools across the continent on their executive MBA, MBA, and Master in Management programmes, have been published. 4 Dutch institutions have made the ranking which lists 75 schools across the continent.


QS recently released their Best Student Cities 2013-2014 ranking, a list of the top 50 student cities in the world. Amsterdam ranked 5th in the quality of living category, taking 36th place overall.


Numerous studies have suggested significant growth of demand for higher education in India and Indonesia. Because of this growth, Dutch higher educational institutions have become more and more interested in attracting students from these countries.


The Netherlands is the host country offering the highest amount of English-taught Master’s programmes in Europe according to newly published IIE briefing paper. The data collected showed an overall rise of 25% in Master’s programmes across Europe between June 2011 to June 2013.


African students are showing more and more interest in international studies. About 6% of students in Africa (~400,000) are currently studying abroad. This number represents almost a tenth of the global international student population.



The Netherlands has become the third most popular country of study for international students. Analysis of the most popular destinations and disciplines in Europe revealed that interest in studying in Holland has grown by 29%.


The Ministry of Economic Affairs is easing regulations for non-EU entrepreneurs wishing to start a business in The Netherlands. As of August 1st, 2013, self-employed innovators will be able to establish themselves using different conditions than previously.


The Dutch government’s Modern Migration Policy has come into effect as of June 1st, 2013. The new procedure is meant to benefit students by speeding up the processing times of applications, providing them with an extended and more flexible visa, and creating less paperwork for them in the long run. However, these benefits come with more responsibilities for educational institutions as well as some extra conditions for students.


British students are increasingly looking out for better study options and places to pursue their education. It is not surprising that many of them are eagerly turning towards Dutch universities as a destination that can provide them a great learning opportunity with a lower fee as compared to the UK.


Universities in The Netherlands aim to contribute their research to economic and society, and each of them does this its own way. But how successful are they in this area? Valorisation Ranking, recently published by ScienceWorks and Elsevier for the second time, attempts to find an answer for this question.