The university system in the Netherlands

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


Research at Dutch universities

Dutch science and academia do extremely well at an international level, even featuring among the top 1% worldwide.






Open access

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.

Open Access

E-zine Digital Society

Get to know the researchers involved in research on the digital society!







Education at Dutch universities

Dutch universities serve almost 250,000 students, of which roughly 160,000 follow a Bachelor's programme and 90,000 a Master's.



Collective Labour Agreement

The VSNU negotiates with the Labour Unions on the compensation and benefits of the University staff.

Human Resources



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