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05 November 2021

Income of universities in the Netherlands by source of funds

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In this data publication we show the trends in income of the group of universities by source of funds and focus on the funding sources of individual universities.

In short

  • The total income of the universities has developed positively since 2004, from 4.2 to 7.9 billion euros in 2020.
  • The government remains the largest source of income for the universities.
  • The Vrije Universiteit (VU) has the largest share of government funding of all universities, with 65% of the total income.

Income of universities in the Netherlands by source of funds

Analysis
The total income of the universities has developed positively since 2004, from 4.2 to 7.9 billion euros in 2020. The government remains the largest source of income for the universities, although its share has decreased from 61% to 57% since 2004. Income from 'Work for third parties' in particular has risen faster than the government grant, as a result of which the share of this source of income has grown in the period 2004-2018, from 22% to 26%. The share of Tuition fees grew slightly from 7% to 10%. The share of 'Other income' falls from 10% to 7%.
 

Income of universities in the Netherlands, by university and source of funds

Analysis
The Vrije Universiteit (VU) has the largest share of government funding of all universities, with 65% of the total income. At Erasmus University (EUR), less than half (48%) of income consists of government grants and the shares of 'Work for third parties' (28%) and 'Other income' (15%) are relatively large. The Vrije Universiteit (VU) has the lowest share of 'Work for third parties' (14%). It should be noted here that VUmc's third-party assignments are not included in the university's annual accounts (where this is the case for most others). At 16%, the share of tuition fees, course, teaching and examination fees is relatively large at Tilburg University (UvT).
 

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