Will English master programs at the university such as Management of Cultural Diversity and Economics and Finance of Aging soon disappear? There is such a risk.
Secretary Halbe Zijlstra (Higher Education) has commissioned the NVAO organization to investigate whether it is justified that master program classes are given in English.
The law states that education should be given in Dutch, unless there are good reasons not to. And ‘good ‘reasons’ mean that there are international students in the classroom or because the curriculum can be given only in English. Tilburg University offers over 50 graduate programs, of which a large part is in English.
If the NVAO concludes after the visitation that using English as a language of instruction is unjustified, the university will have to switch back to Dutch.