In the past seven years, Van Hall Larenstein has paid more than 12 million euros in unnecessary overhead costs to Wageningen UR, said Dutch daily newspaper the Volkskrant yesterday. Wageningen University consigns the article to the waste paper bin. Spokesman Simon Vink says the figures give the wrong impression of VHL.
According to the Volkskrant, its collaboration with Wageningen University is a millstone around VHL's neck: 'Van Hall Larenstein has paid more than 12 million euros in unnecessary overhead costs to Wageningen UR.' The costs the paper is referring to include the high rent for accommodation in the Forum. It also claims that the fees charged by Wageningen UR went up by almost nine times between 2005 and 2011. The paper bases its claims on 'internal documents and talks with people involved.'
According to spokesman Vink, critics do not interpret the figures correctly. 'The article contains several claims and suggestions that are incorrect.' As an example, Vink says there is no question of 'unnecessary overheads'. 'The applied sciences university is coming out of a deep financial dip and was technically bankrupt in 2004. Partly through strictly controlling the costs of the considerable overheads at VHL, it will close 2011 in the black. Of course that would never have been possible if so many 'unnecessary overheads' had been transferred.'