Nieuws - 10 februari 2011

Academic universities can reject applicants with one year at applied university

Academic universities will be able to decide for themselves from now on whether they admit applicants who have completed one year at an applied university.

This is one of the measures proposed by the State Secretary, Zijlstra, in order to improve education quality in the short term. He thinks academic universities and universities of applied science should have more freedom to select students. New students who have completed one year at an applied university traditionally perform badly at the academic universities, which is why the State Secretary thinks they should lose their right to university admission. The State Secretary also wants to combat the high dropout rate by giving schoolchildren more assistance in their choice of degree subject. The universities should hold interviews with them beforehand.