The Netherlands has 14 research universities that are accredited and funded by the government. At these universities, education is provided and research is carried out.university system
Dutch science and academia do extremely well at an international level, even featuring among the top 1% worldwide.
Dutch universities strongly support open access and have been working to achieve it in various ways over the past few years. Read all about open access and the negotiation agreement of Springer publishing group and the Dutch universities on the VSNU open access site.
VSNU Position Paper Horizon 2020 calls for increase of EU research funding.
Dutch universities serve almost 250,000 students, of which roughly 160,000 follow a Bachelor's programme and 90,000 a Master's.
The VSNU negotiates with the Labour Unions on the compensation and benefits of the University staff.