6 April - academic action day
On Tuesday 6 April, demonstrations in The Hague and university cities will draw attention to the structural underfunding of tertiary education in the Netherlands. A delegation from the Normaal Academisch Peil (normal academic level) action platform will hand over a manifesto to outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven and the new members of the Dutch Parliament. The manifesto states that EUR 1.1 billion more needs to be invested in higher education every year.
The activists feel supported by a recently published advisory report commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The report states that EUR 800 million more needs to be spent on universities a year, on top of a one-off catch-up amount of EUR 300 million.
- At EUR 1.1 billion, Normaal Academisch Peil’s demand is slightly higher. "In any case, the report endorses a substantial investment," says a spokesperson for the organisation. "We believe that this is the amount needed."
- Also read: How to improve the quality of education? (Delta, 8 March 2021)
- Sign up and more information on the action website.