6 October 2020

Universities of Applied Sciences can do more for equal opportunities in the labour market

Graduates from Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences who have a migrant background experience more difficulty finding jobs than do other graduates. Employers’ selection procedures and discrimination are often cited as major reasons. However, a recent study by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University (UM) and the research agency headed by Eva Klooster found that degree programmes should also make changes to promote equal access to the labour market. The study of Higher Professional Education (HBO) programmes at Universities of Applied Sciences was based on around 8000 questionnaires completed by graduates and 75 interviews held with students, teaching staff and employers. The report, which has been published today, was commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW).