(Rotterdam) – Protests will take place against the cutbacks in higher education in The Hague on Friday, January 21st. The protests are intended to send a signal to the Dutch government that universities are against the cutbacks. Earlier the University Boards in Utrecht and Tilburg have declared the day to be free of any lectures to actively support the protests in The Hague. Only exams will continue as planned.
The Erasmus University has refused to do the same, but instead handed over their responsibility to the deans, though claiming to support the planned protests. Today’s email sent out by the ESE education management states that “the ESE has decided to continue all of its scheduled education”. For the professors this means they are required to find a replacement if they want to join the protests. For students this will mean that the usual attendance requirements will remain unaffected. Students active in the first and second years of their Bachelor program “still have to meet the 70% attendance requirement”. Students will be informed about this via a SIN-online message.
The information in this email contradicts earlier reports outed by the Erasmus Student Service Centre (ESSC) which stated that lectures may be canceled and that there are no consequences for skipping class. Although the Erasmus University and the ESE claim to support the protests they do not show as other universities have done. The board’s vision remains that individual deans are to decide what will happen on the day of the protests and how far they are willing to go in supporting the protests. Now dean Philip H. Franses has not shown courage to make the decision of canceling classes to prove his claims as being displeased by the cutbacks. He further stated that he will not attend the protests as he has other commitments on the campus that day.