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Clarity in the Funding of Higher Education

Based on the ‘Helderheid in de bekostiging van het hoger onderwijs’ (clarity in the funding of higher education) memorandum (dated 29 August 2003 and the supplement dated 27 August 2004), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science asks for clarity regarding the following funding-related matters:

  • Radboud University did not outsource any registered training programmes to other organisations in 2020.

  • Radboud University did not use any public funds to carry out private activities in 2020. No educational public-private partnerships were concluded. The private activities are partly incorporated under Radboud University Holding B.V., a full subsidiary. The activities of Radboud University Holding B.V. are partly the result of the statutory valorisation obligation. The university does not want to enter into participating interests and shareholdings, and wants to reduce the existing ones, partly to limit the associated risks. The university uses other methods for valorisation, such as patents/patent rights and start-up loans in the context of the KERN regulation. The holding company also includes an internal secondment agency for students. The starting principle is that no facilities or activities based purely on commercial considerations will be realised.

  • Radboud University only grants exemptions at the request of the individual student. Exemptions are granted by the Examination Board. The grounds on which exemptions can be granted are laid out in the Education and Examination Regulations. Exemptions are registered in the student file.

  • Radboud University only enrols foreign students if they fully comply with the relevant legislations and regulations.

  • Radboud University does not take part in the PhD education experiment.

  • Radboud University does not take part in the demand financing experiment.

  • Radboud University does not take part in the learning outcomes experiment.

  • There are no art education or customised programmes.

  • Enrolment procedures are in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Radboud University does not spend any government funding on offsetting the tuition fees that students have paid. If a third party pays the tuition fees on behalf of a student, then that is explicitly stated in the authorisation issued by the student.

  • Students who only follow part of a programme are registered as contract students in accordance with the ‘Contractcursisten aanschuifonderwijs’ (contract courses in advanced education) scheme that applies at Radboud University. Their data is not shared with DUO.

  • The students themselves register and enrol for one or more programmes in Studielink, without any intervention from Radboud University. Radboud University does not enrol students for programmes other than those for which they have registered.

  • Teacher-training modules. In the 2020–2021 academic year, eight students enrolled in this at Radboud University, two more than in the 2019–2020 academic year.