Erasmus University concerned about minister's plans to curb internationalisation

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Prospective students at Master Open Day in a lecture hall.
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Erasmus University Rotterdam is concerned about Education, Culture and Science Minister Dijkgraaf's plans to curb English-language teaching in higher education. Indeed, if these plans go ahead, this could have major consequences for our international students and staff, the university believes. On the contrary, EUR is extremely committed to the international character of its education.

During the parliamentary debate on internationalisation of higher education held last Thursday, the minister presented his plans. There are concerns in the Lower House about the increase in English-language education. The minister therefore wants to draft new legislation; his plans to this end will be further elaborated in the coming months.

Turmoil and worries

"The plans raise many questions and concerns among our international students and staff, to whom we attach great value, as well as the international character of our education," says chairman of the Executive Board Ed Brinksma in a first reaction. "We believe that a truly international classroom brings an awful lot to our students, and this should not be lost. Our internationals are an integral part of our community. We will do everything we can to influence the further development of the minister's plans."

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