At the moment, 18 per cent of all students fail to pass first year. By 2015, this must be reduced to 15 per cent. The quality of lecturers at Maastricht University must also improve, and the number of students who take more time to complete their studies should be reduced even further. These are some of the items specified in the performance contract between the university and the State Secretary for Education. A committee assessed the UM’s plans - just like those of seven other universities - as very good. Four others are good. Only Utrecht University’s plans were considered excellent.
Dutch universities and schools of higher education will no longer receive their funding unconditionally, but on the basis of their performance. This measure is in line with government policies to get a better grip on universities and schools of higher education and thus to increase the quality of education. There is a huge sum of money involved: seven per cent of the total amount for education. The distribution of funds will be based on performance contracts. Any institution that has not delivered by 2015, will receive less money from then on.
The UM’s ambitions are not spectacular, but President of the Executive Board, Martin Paul, already said early this year that he feels it is an achievement “to retain the same level in difficult times. Education at the UM is already very good.”