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The number of doctorates at Leiden University rose strongly last year. At the end of 2005, there were 289, an increase of 49 over 2004. The biggest increases were in the faculties of Law and Mathematics and Natural Sciences, with each faculty gaining fifteen more new doctors.


Number of Erasmus scholarships halved

Grants 28 April 2006, 13:33

The Erasmus scholarship is going up. In 2007, it will increase from 150 to 175 euros and by 2013 it will have risen to 250 euros. But because the budget for Erasmus scholarships is hardly increasing in proportion, far fewer students will be eligible. Nuffic expects the number of Erasumus scholarships to fall from 5,000 to 2,500 in 2007.

Nyenrode students score highest among Dutch students in emotional intelligence (EQ). This is shown by results from the Q-Master test by Nobiles magazine.

"The Dutch government has decided to ease restrictions on foreign researchers and students who want to pursue internships in the Netherlands. An earlier amendment to Dutch law was unsatisfactory", said minister Brinkhorst, speaking in parliament.

In September the University Twente will start a new bachelor's program: European Studies. This all-English language program should open the door for students from `all over the world.' Right now, the UT only offers a master's program in European Studies, a graduate program in which mostly public administration students participate.


Dutch border universities fear an exodus

16 April 2006, 02:38

The five border universities - the universities of Twente, Tilburg, Groningen, Maastricht and Nijmegen - sent an open letter to the Lower House calling for the preservation of the Raulin grant.


Kazakhstan's Bolashak scholarship programme

Grants 16 April 2006, 02:30

Bolashak, meaning ‘future’ in Kazakh, is the name given to the International Presidential Scholarships Programme, which has been running since 1993. The Bolashak Programme is administered by the JSC Centre for International Programme of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education and Science.


The Netherlands: brain drain

4 April 2006, 00:59

Half of all young researchers want to go abroad once they’ve finished their PhD or postgraduate studies. They see it as a necessary step because of the lack of career opportunities in the Netherlands.

At least one student from each current and candidate member state of the European Union in the coming year. That is the ambition of the Nyenrode Business Universiteit, the Netherlands business school that celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year.

In the welcoming speech at the start of the Masters programme of Public Policy and Human Development at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Dutch student Mariska van Exel (who has lived abroad almost her entire life) heard that she would only have a weekend off between two blocks.