Friday 27 January 2023

All your own work? Students aim to score with AI essay writing

All your own work? Students aim to score with AI essay writing

School pupils and university students in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence aids to help them with their homework and essay writing, according to research by broadcaster NOS and news website Nu.nl. NOS reported earlier this week that hundreds of school pupils are using ChatGPT to write articles and do homework on their behalf. The software, released for testing by Open AI in November, uses artificial intelligence to answer questions but can also be used to write essays... More >



The last professor of Frisian retires

Groningen University, the only place where people can take a degree in the Frisian language and culture, is no longer employing a professor, in contravention of a provincial funding agreement, the NRC reports. Some 60% of Frisians are Frisian speaking and a quarter of newcomers to province learns the language. The last professor of Frisian, Goffe Jensma, a native of Groningen, left the post last year after 14 years in the job. In his place the university has now installed... More >





It pays to be an trade school student

Students at an MBO trade school can earn up to one and a half times more than college educated graduates, with a tight labour market boosting wages, the Telegraaf reports. The paper based the figure on the MBO study guide which describes some 10,000 vocational studies and the job opportunities and salary figures they offer. Tech MBO students are most likely to overtake HBO students in the salary stakes, earning an average net hourly wage of €20.90 18 months after... More >


Stop recruiting students abroad: minister

Education minister Robbert Dijkgraaf has written to universities and hbo colleges, calling on them to stop actively recruiting students abroad. The minister’s action follows a vote in favour of the move in parliament at the end of last month. MPs say the surge in student numbers, fueled by a rise in international students, is increasing pressure on student housing capacity and leading to overfull lecture theatres. They hope that a ban on advertising and attending recruitment fairs abroad will reduce... More >




Mosques complain over weekend schools plan

Education minister Dennis Wiersma has been accused of breaking the constitutional ban on discrimination with his plan to target Islamic weekend schools suspected of fostering radicalism. An organisation representing Islamic institutions in the Rotterdam area, SPIOR, has filed a police complaint against the minister after he said last month he wanted to authorise education inspectors to take action against schools that breached the rules. Wiersma acted in response to an investigation by NRC and Nieuwsuur in 2019 into Salafi mosques... More >



Stop recruiting students abroad, MPs say

MPs have voted in favour of a motion calling on the government to stop universities and hbo colleges from actively recruiting students abroad. They say the surge in student numbers, fueled by a rise in international students, is increasing pressure on student housing capacity and leading to overfull lecture theatres. MPs hope that a ban on advertising and attending recruitment fairs abroad will depress the flow. This year, some 40% of first year students – 42,000 in total – came... More >


International student numbers face limits

Education minister Robbert Dijkgraaf has told MPs that he will come up with proposals to ‘manage’ international student numbers early next year, after putting the previous government’s plans on ice. The measures will include ‘language and the possible introduction of fixed numbers’ for non-Dutch courses’, Dijkgraaf said. ‘The availability of higher education for Dutch students is, and will remain, an important principle,’ he said. Earlier this week MPs from the ruling VVD and CDA called on Dijkgraaf to do more... More >