The Netherlands: Government Pushes Students Onto the Fast Track

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 693
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.693


Amsterdam—Faced with budget constraints, the government announced a round of reforms in 1994 designed to shorten the time it takes students to complete their studies. Dutch universities have also begun to move away from a system based on equality among institutions to one in which universities specialize in particular fields and offer courses geared more to excellence.