Advisory report on university programmes in the Dutch Language and Dutch Culture

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science asked the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to issue an advisory report on university programmes in the Dutch Language and Dutch Culture, outlining possible measures aimed at increasing the number of enrolments.

Aim

University study programmes in the Dutch language and Dutch culture are struggling with declining student numbers: over the past five years, the number of enrolments has fallen by around 30 percent. Falling student numbers could lead to a shortage of teachers, especially teachers with academic training. The Minister has asked the Academy to analyse this situation and to suggest measures that would increase the number of students enrolled in university-level study programmes in Dutch or allied fields with a view to increasing the number of professionals who specialise in the Dutch language and Dutch culture.

Committee

The Academy will draft the advisory report in consultation with other bodies involved in this issue, such as the Council for Dutch Studies and the National Platform for Languages.

Dutch Studies Committee

Term

The Academy will issue the advisory report in mid-2019.