Tilburg University struggles to fill vacancies for lecturers

Tilburg University struggles to fill vacancies for lecturers

Tilburg University is struggling to find suitable lecturers; this became clear during a meeting of the Education, Research & Impact Committee. This development does not benefit the quality of education.

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The university recognizes that it has been struggling to hire lecturers for a number of years. This mainly concerns finding qualified lecturers in the short term, according to Vice-Rector Magnificus Jantine Schuit.

To fill the gaps, less suitable lecturers are hired based on annual contracts. The idea is that these temporary employees will be replaced as soon as better-qualified lecturers are found.

Ratio student and lecturer imbalance

As a result of the unfilled vacancies, the student-lecturer ratio is rising. Because the student numbers continue to grow but no new lecturers are added, proportionally a lecturer is responsible for more students than before.

As a result, the university is compromising the quality of education, just when government funding becomes available through the student loan system to improve this quality.

Translated by Language Center, Riet Bettonviel

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