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Country Guide The Netherlands

CARe country guides, developed from May to October 2020, contain systematised relevant information on the national labour markets in the 10 project countries, with the aim of supporting researchers at risk/with refugee background in finding support, job and training opportunities in their host countries. 

In the development and revision of the country guides, the CARe consortium is receiving invaluable help by the selected group of national experts coming from relevant national institutions and CARe focus groups.




Higher Education and Research in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has two main types of higher education: research universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities focus on the independent practice of research-oriented work in an academic or professional setting. Universities of applied sciences are more practically-oriented, preparing students directly for specific careers.

The distribution of government grants to the universities partly depends on performance indicators such as the numbers of diplomas, first-year students and doctoral degrees. Universities may divide their state aid between 'education' and 'research' as they see fit. Each university bears the cost of its housing and infrastructure.

The Dutch research system is a complex system with many actors, funding mechanisms and inter-relations. Research in the Netherlands varies from basic research to applied research, and is carried out on a wide array of topics. Each Minister is responsible for research policy related to the topics of his/her Ministry. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science has a co-ordinating role, and co-ordinates Dutch research policy. The Minister for Economic Affairs is responsible for co-ordinating the Dutch technology policy.

More information can be found on the EUI website

All information about working in academia in the Netherlands can be found on the website FactCards.  The website provides information from arrival (residence, family matters, visas and work permits) to  practical information about living in the Netherlands (accommodation, medical and child care, insurances, taxes and tips about the culture) to studying and working in Dutch higher education to specifically research-related information and useful resources.


Experiences from researchers:

The focus group participants in the Netherlands found the language requirements challenging.

Full reports on the CARe Focus Groups and Employer Survey are available here.

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