Tilburg University response to Van Rijn Committee advice
Today the advisory committee on higher education, the Van Rijn Committee, is presenting its recommendations on short-term and long-term funding of higher education in the Netherlands.
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has considered the committee report and has expressed its view in this press release (in Dutch).
Adopting budget neutrality, the report recommends redistributing funds at the expense of, among others, the young universities – and Tilburg University is one of these.
President Koen Becking of the Executive Board of Tilburg University:
“The proposed measures will have far-reaching consequences for our university. Without additional funds the humanities and social sciences nationally will face severe cuts. Yet the demand for our programs has risen strongly in recent years. I welcome the committee’s recommendations on funding transparency, closer cooperation between universities, and creating a distinctive profile. But if the Minister follows the Van Rijn Committee advice on budget-neutral redistribution of funds, Tilburg University will be hit disproportionately hard by cuts amounting to many millions of euros. These cuts will directly impact our education and research at a time when work pressure is already very high. For that reason additional funds are urgently needed to absorb the negative effects.”