Beta might be the second letter of the Greek alphabet, but in the Netherlands it is used to mean science in relation to education. Thus schools and universities talk of beta- onderwijs (science education), beta students and a betafaculteit (science faculty). The arts and humanities are known as alfa subjects. Holland is constantly grappling with a shortage of students wanting to study beta subjects – perhaps they should change the name.All typical untranslatable Dutch words and expressions translated in the Dictionairy of Dutchness
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