CPB report reinforces UM internationalisation policy22 May 2012
Maastricht University (UM) is very pleased with the conclusions that Secretary of State Halbe Zijlstra draws from research by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) into the benefits of internationalisation in higher education. The CPB report found that international students have a positive effect on the Dutch Treasury if a proportion of them stay in the Netherlands to work after graduation. The CPB also confirmed that international student mobility has a positive effect on the quality of education and that, on average, international students studying in the Netherlands perform better than Dutch students studying abroad. In consultation with the institutions, Zijlstra has introduced measures to maintain an intake of outstanding international students.
The CPB’s conclusions reinforce UM’s internationalisation policy. The findings regarding the quality of education and international students are in line with UM’s extensive experience on the subject of internationalisation. Moreover, the CPB findings comply with data that Maastricht University gathered earlier on this topic. UM hopes that the ministry will provide sufficient tools to help maintain the quality of its student population through an effective selection policy, and to build a meaningful relationship with its alumni.
Follow the link below to read the press release issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ocw/nieuws/2012/05/16/zijlstra-wil-buitenlandse-studenten-binden.html