Monday, February 2, 2015

Students’ Trade Union: Students Will Leave for Belgium

Tom Hoven, Chairman of the National Student Trade Union, says that the elimination of the basic student grant and its replacement by a loan system will lead to emigration of students.  There are many countries where students pays less tuition or no tuition at all.  In particular, Flemish universities will benefit.  In the past few years, the number of Dutch students in Belgium has already increased.  The quality of teaching is similar, tuition is much lower, and housing costs are lower.  Hoven added that if 3% of students remain abroad, the Netherlands will lose in the long run, as despite its savings on grants, it will lose the tax revenues of graduates.

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