The new bachelor’s programme of Science that will be offered by University College the next academic year has caused irritation among various Dutch sister universities. In particular Eindhoven University of Technology is vexed. The latter fears fragmentation of science studies and accuses Maastricht of breaking the agreement made at a national level with the ministry of Education. This agreement focused on concentration and a division of tasks, not the introduction of new players on the market. The UM, however, was not involved in the talks, because these concerned the universities of technology and science faculties of larger general universities. Eindhoven is not just acting on idealistic motives: the TU/e has plans for its own University College Eindhoven with a broad bachelor's programme in Liberal Engineering Sciences. The Maastricht Science bachelor's programme, which will allow students to compile their own science study, is therefore a direct competitor in the south of the Netherlands.
Eindhoven now wants the minister of Education to take action, but the minister has made it known through his spokesperson that the UM has not broken any rules.