TU Eindhoven abolishes three quotas after publication of government’s budget statement

September 17, 2019

The quota will be abolished for three of the six TU/e quota-based programs. For the other three programs, the quota are raised.

Photo: Vincent van den Hoogen.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will abolish the intake limit (quota) for three of the six quota-based TU/e programs as of the next academic year (2020/2021). For the other three programs, the university is increasing the maximum number of students that can be admitted. This is possible thanks to the increase in resources allocated to TU/e in the national budget, which was presented today, on Prinsjesdag. The Executive Board of TU/e is pleased that this decision can be taken, because of the huge demand for engineers, especially in the Brainport region.

Higher intake capacity

The quotas (also referred to as decentralized selection) are being abolished for the bachelor programs Biomedical Engineering / Medical Sciences and Technology, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For the programs Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering and Industrial Design, the university will increase the number of students to be admitted. The university board will decide on the numbers in December.

Maintaining quality

The government budget includes an increase in funding for TU/e, which will grow to about 16 million euros extra in 2022. The university is pleased with this commitment, as it allows the education of more engineers without compromising the high quality of the education. This is desperately needed because of the significant gap between education capacity and labor market demand for engineers, which is a situation that affects the Dutch knowledge economy.

More engineers

Student enrollment at TU/e has more than doubled over the past seven years, but government funding has lagged behind. As a result, the university has been unable to invest sufficiently in extra staff and facilities. Rector Frank Baaijens: “If the ratio between the number of students and academic staff grows lopsided, the quality of education will be affected and workloads will increase. This forced us to apply the brakes, a particularly difficult decision, because society and industry need more engineers. We are therefore happy that we can now admit more students. We are going to do our utmost to recruit the necessary academic staff to offer optimum educational quality, also to the additional students.”

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