Higher Education System - overview

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Netherlands - higher education system

The flag of the Netherlands is a horizontal tricolour of red, white and blue
Country: Netherlands
Population (mln): 16,66
Official language/s: Dutch, Frisian
Internet TLD: .nl
Calling code: +31
Member of the EU from: 25th March 1957
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 4,5
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): 8,0
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 5.4
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): 9.7
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,1
Country codes in education system: NL
Expected duration of education (years): 35,8

Higher education in the Netherlands is provided by three types of institution.

  • Government-funded institutions receive funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science or the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and charge their students government-approved fees. There are 36 higher professional education institutions and 14 universities, including the Open University.
  • ‘Legal entities providing higher education’ are covered by the terms of the Higher Education and Research Act but are not funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. They are free to decide on their own fees and admissions policy, although students must be in possession of a HAVO, MBO or VWO certificate. Students at these institutions are eligible for student support. Like government-funded institutions, legal entities providing higher education award bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees for courses that are accredited. A small number of these institutions (primarily for faith-based higher education) do receive funding. Many of the provisions of the Higher Education and Research Act do not apply to legal entities providing higher education.
  • Private-sector institutions are not covered by the Higher Education and Research Act. They include foreign universities and business schools to which Dutch government regulations do not apply.


source:
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/eurypedia_en.php



Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta, wikipedia.org, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND

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