Different ambitions in gender equality at Dutch universities

Different ambitions in gender equality at Dutch universities

The Dutch universities have sent Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker their ambitions for gender equality. The government and the universities have made gender a priority and are trying to increase the number of women in top positions. The numbers show a difference in ambition among the universities, with Tilburg University as one of the more ambitious ones.In the list of current numbers, Tilburg University comes in very low, with only 13.6 percent of female professors. By 2020, our university wants to have 25 percent, which would be average if all universities meet their goals.

On top of the list is the Open Universiteit (Open University), that has 26.1 percent right now and wants to increase that number to 35 percent in 2020. Wageningen University also is working hard on its gender numbers. Since last year, the percentage of female professors in Wageningen has increased from 7.6 to 11.6, and the goal is to have 24.59 percent in 2020.

The VAWO (scientist’s union) listed all the numbers, based on information from the Association of Universities in the Netherlands:

Universiteit V hoogleraren in 2014 (%) Streefcijfer in 2020 (%)
Open Universiteit 26,1 35
Radboud Universiteit 23,1 25
Universiteit Leiden 23,3 30
Universiteit Utrecht 20,8 25
Universiteit van Amsterdam 19,2 25
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 18,9 25
Vrije Universiteit 19,2 20,8
Universiteit Maastricht 17,2 22
Tilburg University 13,6 25
Universiteit Twente 12,7 20
Technische Universiteit Delft 11,3 15
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam 9,5 25 (in het jaar 2025)
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven 8,6 20
Wageningen University 7,6 24,59 (incl. persoonlijk hoogleraren)

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