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More than half of young Dutch adults are still in education

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Almost one in six of the Netherlands 18 to 25-year-olds are still in education with the percentage of masters degree students rising 8% this year, according to figures out on Wednesday.

Research from the Dutch university association VSNU shows that while the number of people taking a bachelor degree is stable at around 43,000, some 42,000 students started a masters degree course in September.

The organisation says the surge in masters students is due to the previous government's plan to fine students who took too long to pass their bachelor degree, which stimulated an increase in tempo.

The VSNU also reports an increase in the number of foreign students in the Netherlands, without giving figures. This is due to the high standing of Dutch universities and the price quality ratio.

Some 36% of young women and 32% of young men are currently attending university or college, up from 27% and 25% 10 years ago. Some 10% are still at high school and the rest are attending vocational training courses.

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Readers' comments (6)

The influx of foreign students (Gronigen, Maastricht) has nothing to do with the 'quality', and everything to do with the fact that they (a) offer Bachelor degrees in English, and (b) offer these degrees at just under €2000 per year to EU students, as opposed to the 9k it costs for the equivalent degree in England.

At the end of the day, a BA, BSc or BEng is the key to most grad jobs, regardless of where it was obtained (snobs can rave about Oxbridge or Ivy league right after this post).

Most degree content quickly becomes obsolete anyway and your 'work experience' outweighs it by the time you go for your second or third job interview.

By osita | December 12, 2012 6:30 PM

The government should take credit for stimulating more people to take Masters Degrees. It wasn't their brilliant strategy of 'fines', all that did was upset people. It was their inability to create jobs. Rather than be homeless and jobless, these youth continue in education, and after a Masters it will be a PhD. This is known as "hidden unemployment".

By jaycee | December 12, 2012 7:03 PM

Is it just me or is the dramatic title stat not confirmed anywhere in the article?

Where are the stats to back up the claim that more than half are still in education??

36% is a third and definitely not more than half. Unless we are also including young people under 17, a group in which close to 100% would be in education

By Reader | December 13, 2012 12:51 AM

It is ok to offer degree in english but non domestic students should pay a higher fee. There should be three categories of fees, domestic, eu non domestic, outside eu to be fair to the taxpayers.

By ufo | December 13, 2012 8:42 AM

If they cannot get a job, it is better to continue to study than to do nothing. Gov must attract more firms and create jobs.

By auto | December 13, 2012 8:52 AM

jaycee, "hidden unemployed" will be really unemployed right after graduation if their studies are pointless and unrelated to the job market.
What's the point in pushing youngsters to graduate in any subject as long as they graduate, rather than promote the knowledge areas which at present are not covered by Dutch workforce but by highly skilled immigrants?
There are jobs for skilled people, but plenty of them are not accessible to Dutch graduates because of the wrong study experience.

By joanna | December 13, 2012 8:54 AM

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