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This is how your basic grant died

This is how your basic grant died

These days it is nothing out of the ordinary for students to accumulate large debts. For almost 30 years preceding 2015, this was different. In 2015, the Dutch government put an end to the largely disliked basic grant. A story about hard cutbacks and wondrous promises. “The situation completely exploded that evening.”
How the hundreds of millions of euros from the basic student grant nationwide evaporated within five years

How the hundreds of millions of euros from the basic student grant nationwide evaporated within five years

The hundreds of millions that the abolition of the basic student grant would generate each year was to be used in full to improve education. That was the promise made by Minister Bussemaker back in 2015. However, due to shady promises, rising student numbers and a fainthearted minister, it remains to be seen whether students will actually ever rece...

University Council is critical, quality agreements not a formality

MAASTRICHT. The quality agreements, which were on the University Council's agenda yesterday afternoon after Observant had gone to press, are not likely to be approved without a struggle. This was apparent last week during the joint meeting of two University Council committees.
Seven intensive contact hours is pressure point

Seven intensive contact hours is pressure point

Maastricht University will receive millions of euros - money becoming available from the abolishing of the basic grant system - to improve the quality of education. The first faculty plans are on the agenda of next week's University Council meeting. For approval. The plans include items such as small tutorial groups, a mentor programme (lecture...