Conference on ‘Funding Universities’



Atrium Medische Faculteit, Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT Amsterdam

Funding Universities

Pieter Duisenberg, Mirjam van Praag, Nicholas Barr, Bas Jacobs, Bas van der Klaauw and Marijk van der Wende

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

The number of students attending higher education has grown exponentially in the Netherlands over the past decades. The funding of higher education institutions however has increased at a much slower pace. While Dutch universities perform excellently in terms of education and research, the system is under pressure. The workload for academics is growing rapidly and universities' admission policies are subject to heated political debate. Dutch universities attract more and more international students due to the attractive price/quality ratio. In combination with a fixed overall budget and the ‘open access’ system (with student selection only possible in some programmes) the universities are facing a prisoners’ dilemma, which may lead to a “growth race to the bottom”.

The conference 'Funding universities' on Friday October 5 2018 aims to contribute to the debate about the future of the university system and its funding by taking a broader, system-level, viewpoint. A viewpoint that addresses more fundamental issues related to the funding of universities. What are the public and private benefits and costs of the Dutch university system? What does society gain from funding academic education and research? What kind of incentives could the funding system embrace, given examples from other countries, to achieve desired outcomes? And how do developments such as internationalization, digitalization and changing labour markets influence the (funding) system?

At this conference – organized by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands VSNU – leading (international) scholars explore these and other questions with you and share lessons learned from other countries.

We hope to welcome you on October 5.

Mirjam van Praag, President of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands

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13.15 - 13.30Opening by Pieter Duisenberg and Mirjam van Praag
13.30 – 14.30Keynote Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics: "What can the Dutch learn from the UK system of university funding?"
14.30 – 14.55Break
15.00 - 15.45Speakers
- Bas Jacobs, Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Economic Policy at Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Bas van der Klaauw, Professor of Economics at VU University Amsterdam
- Marijk van der Wende, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University
15.45 – 16.30Panel discussion
16.30 – 17.30Drinks