Almost 8,000 fail to win university place

Some 7,696 school-leavers have failed to win a place to study the subject of their choice, according to official figures published on Thursday.

In the Netherlands, universities and higher vocational colleges (HBO) select students for popular studies such as medicine and dentistry by lottery rather than academic achievement. In total, 25,000 school leavers took part in a lottery for some 17,000 places.

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