Many similarities exist between the desired profiles of Dutch universities[1].

Important focal points for the next couple of years are:

  • Internationalisation (greater influx of foreign students, especially for Master’s degree programmes).
  • A top international position in the field of Master’s degree education.
  • Selection of (a limited number of) key research areas.
  • Development of separate organisations for education and research at Master’s/PhD level.
  • Graduate schools.
  • Recruitment and development of talent.

So the trick is:

  • Being reliable and distinguishing in our own strategic choices
  • Directly linking the development of a vision to the description of a reliable approach.

[1] Based on the reading of strategy documents of the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, Leiden University, Tilburg University and Maastricht University