MAASTRICHT. The national entry restrictions, which was introduced for all bachelor’s programmes of law in the Netherlands this academic year, will be abolished again next year. The VSNU, the Association of Dutch Universities, took the decision this month. Faculties that want to continue applying a student quota may do so. The Maastricht Law faculty is pleased with the abolition. “Our greatest problem with the national entry restrictions was that DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) was very late allocating students, only after 15 July,” says director Marlies van Dongen. “Foreign students in particular don’t want to be kept in a state of suspense for so long. They give up and choose a different university. This has been very disadvantageous for us. We have a total of approximately 70 students less.”
Students who want to study Law in Maastricht will be admitted on the basis of matching and binding, just like before. The faculty compels future students to complete a questionnaire during their enrolment via Studielink. Looking at school grades, study skills, job experience, expected hours of study, et cetera, they then decide whether there is a match. “If students enrol on time and score well on the questionnaire, we can let them know at an early stage whether they have been admitted. This provides certainty,” says Van Dongen.