Students and lecturers deserve better!
In the interest of both students and lecturers, sign this petition!
the staff of the Dutch universities
that investments in university education and its closely knit relationship with research is continuing to decrease. In recent years, the amount of governmental funding per student has fallen by a quarter. As a result, the workload among university staff has increased to unacceptable heights. The quality of university education and research is therefore seriously at stake.
The threat will be: even more massive lectures, fewer contact hours and less supervision time per student.
Staff at Dutch universities are worn out. Six out of ten employees have physical or psychological complaints.
If there is no realistic funding for current academic tasks, the students will not get the education they need, and this will endanger the international position of our higher education. This should not happen in a knowledge society like the Netherlands!
Four thousand new lecturers should be hired, as already promised by the departing government. The funds released due to the abolition of the general student scholarships should, as promised, be used for this purpose.
However, the current government plans lead to substantially less funding for university education. The so-called "quality agreements" do not solve this problem. In the first place, more money must go to university education, not less.
It is insufficient to invest more in research only. Both education and research need more money, and the current plans lead to a disturbance of the interrelationship between these two. More pressure on education will also affect research.
In short, the current government plans lead to a further shortage of lecturers, a further increase in workload amongst both lecturers and students, a decline in the quality of education, and even greater disturbance of the interrelationship between education and research. This should not happen.
Onze petitie "Meer geld naar het wetenschappelijk onderwijs" is zojuist meer dan 500 maal ondertekend, en de teller loopt razendsnel op. We hebben nu aan alle CvB-voorzitters gevraagd of ze onze petitie willen ondersteunen.
Op 1 november zal onze petitie worden gebruikt in het kamerdebat over het regeerakkoord. Dus de tijd dringt. Verspreid de petitie daarom zoveel mogelijk in uw netwerk. Laten we met ons allen pleiten voor meer investeringen in het wetenschappelijk onderwijs en het behoud van de verwevenheid met het wetenschappelijk onderzoek!