The BBC News website carried an article 31 October concerning the issue of English in Dutch universities – a hot topic currently being debated also at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. "Dutch Language Besieged by English at the Unis", the title reads.
There are growing reasons why students choose to study abroad, and the result is, particularly in the Netherlands, that this year has seen an influx of international students enrolling - 10,000 more than usual, according to NUFFIC, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has itself seen a 50% increase in enrolments from last year. The question is, then, what attracts so many students to Dutch universities?
International students who continue to work in the Netherlands after graduation contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury.