Colleges agree code for international students
April 25, 2006 Leave a Comment
State Secretary for Education Mark Rutte is to launch a code of conduct on Wednesday to guarantee the rights of international students in higher education in the Netherlands.
The code is intended to make life easier for students attending institutes providing post-graduate training and education in the English language. Research by student groups indicated a few weeks ago that international students face unique obstacles, newspaper Spits reported.
The sector organisation for colleges of higher education, universities and private institutes has made agreements with the Federation of International Education in the Netherlands (FION) to address the issues raised.
The deal states that the students should receive timely and reliable information about the course and the status of the study. The information must also be available in English and steps must be taken to ensure teachers have an adequate command of English, the usual language of instruction for international courses.
A national committee will monitor compliance with the code.
Last year American Mark Bollt told Expatica of his one-man campaign for a code to protect the rights of international students. Bollt became involved in the issue when he helped a fellow student of Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven appeal the decision to fail him all the way to the Supreme Court.
One of his main points was that international students should receive comprehensive English-language information about courses and regulations.
Welcoming the new code, Bollt said he had discussed the situation for international students with Rutte when they met by chance earlier this year. “It is further proof that you can get things done in the Netherlands if you are persistent. We were not looking for blood; all we want is fairness.”
Source: Expatica Netherlands, ANP, 25 April 2006