The introduction of the student loan system in 2015 caused a temporary dip in enrolments. However, as anticipated in our Spotlight report last year, enrolments at research universities bounced back in the 2016/2017 academic year. According to the "Referentieraming 2016" of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, there were 63,000 new enrolments at research universities for the academic year 2016/2017, an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous year and the highest number ever recorded in the Netherlands. This brings the total number of students at research universities to 249,400. This number is expected to peak in 2024/2025 at 273,400 (+9.6%).
The number of new enrolments at universities of applied sciences has also increased by 8.7% (to 99,700) compared to previous year. The total number of students at a university of applied science is slightly lower than in the past, but remains relatively high with a total of 428,200.
Source : Savills