Launch: National Action Plan on Diversity and Inclusion

As of 1 September, the Netherlands has a national action plan to promote diversity and inclusion in teaching and research.

With this action plan (in Dutch) , the Dutch universities and research institutions, in conjunction with the government, have taken a further step in their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Nine parties signed the plan, including the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) (of which the UvA is a member), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

The action plan sets out clear conditions and a framework to enable the parties to achieve various diversity goals, such as creating equal opportunities for female academics and attracting students and staff from a bicultural background. New targets will be set this year, for instance, on the percentage of female professors at Dutch universities by 2025.

The KNAW will also issue advice on how to prevent intimidation and misconduct in teaching and research, and there will be an ‘impulse programme’ for researchers from a multicultural background. There will also be a national advisory board that is entrusted with tasks such as monitoring progress. ‘It’s important that we work towards a safe learning and working environment for all,’ said Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (OCW). ‘Let’s cherish rather than problematise what is unique about each and every one of us. That’s also a prerequisite for academic quality.’

Other signatories

Alongside the parties above, the following signed the action plan: the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), the Expertise Centre for Diversity (ECHO), the National Association of Diversity Officers (LanDO), the Network of PhD Candidates in the Netherlands (PNN), and PostdocNL.

Useful Links

Click here to view a recording of the video of the launch with English subtitles, click here for Dutch subtitles.

Dutch government press release plus link to the action plan

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