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On the whole, the level of psychology research is high in theNetherlands, with hardly any flaws at all, says a committee thatwas formed to assess the Dutch level of research in the field ofpsychology. The Netherlands contribute significantly to the globaldevelopment of psychological research. Some improvement, however,can be achieved by upping the level of cooperation with otherpsychologists, as well as biologists and medical doctors. Onlythree out of the 57 research programmes assessed failed to get apass mark, among which the Utrecht developmental psychologyprogramme headed by Professor Heymans.

New Amsterdam

Most Dutch people know that New York was once called NewAmsterdam. It is also fairly common knowledge that the Dutch boughtManhattan for 60 guilders and that Peter Stuyvesant was NewAmsterdam's last governor. Less common knowledge is what the Dutchwere doing there and what part they played in the early history ofwhat later would become the United States of America. A group ofUtrecht history students is trying to fill this gap, and theresults of their educational project 'The world of PeterStuyvesant' is now available at the Internet It offers texts from twenty seventeenthcentury books relating to the colony 'Nieuw Nederland', and alsoexplanations and/or translations of words. Last month the studentsvisited New York to give their educational project its finishingtouch.


The Tilburg professor Jochem Bl"sing is not pleased with theprominent role of the English language in the academic world. Tocompensate, therefore, he decided to teach in German. Although heconsiders internationalization a must, he wonders why it is takenfor granted that the lingua franca should be English. He thinksthat it is easier for Dutch students to speak German thanEnglish.

It pays to study

To study means to stand by and watch former fellow pupils whostarted jobs immediately after leaving school have a lot more moneyto spend. According to data from the Central Statistics Bureau,however, this advantage is only temporary: by the time they are 33,university graduates have earned more than their contemporaryformer fellow pupils with only a secondary education. In the longrun itpays to study, apparently.