Science - January 1, 1970

Permit fees

Permit fees

Permit fees


The Dutch parliament recently devoted an entire debate to the exorbitant
rise in the cost of residence permits for non-EU citizens coming to the
Netherlands.

The Minister of Alien Affairs and Integration Rita Verdonk inherited a
price rise from 56 to 430 euros for a temporary residence permit, while the
price of a permanent residence permit is now 890 euros. She is said not to
be happy with the situation, but the current cuts have already been
budgeted for 2004 and there is little she is prepared to do about this. The
PvdA MP Dijsselbloem suggested that it is time to make a close examination
of the cost efficiency of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)
itself, which is of course in a monopoly position. Nevertheless there is
hope, in the context of prime minister Balkenende’s remarks on the
importance of foreign expertise for the Dutch knowledge economy. Verdonk
plans to hold discussions with the minister of education Van der Hoeven on
how to go about recruitment of foreign students and researchers. So far
there are no concrete proposals for change, but the whole tariff structure
needs evaluating, and there is talk of a ‘hardship clause’ for those who
are forced to leave the Netherlands because of too high costs. (HOP)

RSI prevention

Recent graduate Elise Uittenbogaard wrote her MSc thesis on ways of
embedding RSI prevention in university education.

One recommendation has already been implemented: all undergraduate students
receive information on repetitive strain injury (RSI) at the start of an
introductory course which involves the use of a computer. Varying one’s
activities over the day is one of the best ways of preventing RSI. It is
not yet clear where the responsibility lies for dissemination of
information, whether this should be done by course coordinators or the
chair groups themselves. How MSc students should receive the information
has not yet been decided, as this was outside the scope of Uittengbogaard’s
research. Student doctor André Godkewitsch has the impression that the
number of students with RSI has levelled off, possibly because people are
more aware of early warning signs, and visit him in the earlier stages.

Re:act