University colleges demand more money for tech studies

Summary

A co-operation between seven of Flanders’ university colleges released a statement requesting more financial support from the government for technological and economic study programmes

Studies for bottleneck professions are underfunded say colleges

Flemish university colleges are collectively demanding more government support for their economic and technological study programmes. According to the colleges, these two streams account for about 45% of their students, but they are underfinanced by the Flemish government.

For a student in applied informatics or chemistry, a university college receives up to 60% less support than for students in many other programmes. The directors feel that the current financing system is to blame. “The government established the parameters in 1994 and hasn’t updated them since,” said seven college directors in a press statement.

Teacher training and health-care education, for example, get much more financing than economic and informatics education. “Study streams that prepare students for bottleneck professions are now not receiving enough means,” stated the directors. “If Flanders by 2020 wants to be a top economic region, it should better invest in the education of qualitative and flexible entrepreneurs and technicians.” 

Flemish university colleges demand more government support for their economic and technological study programmes.

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