A Portrait of the Changing Academic Profession in the Netherlands

  • Harry van der Kaap
  • Egbert de WeertEmail author
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 16)


This chapter describes, based on the Netherlands’ CAP (Changing Academic Profession) survey, the personal backgrounds, attitudes toward careers and career trajectories, the views on scholarship and job satisfaction of academics in Netherlands. The survey considered a representative sample of the staff in all academic ranks that were involved in teaching and/or research tasks at (research) universities and at Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). According to the survey results the proportion of female academics has increased, along with the acceptance of English as the common language in the academia. Traditional tasks and academic values have survived major policy reforms, contributing to maintain satisfaction levels. Compared to their international colleagues, Dutch academics stand out on various aspects of the profession such as the strong notion of scholarship focused on original and basic research.


Academic Career Academic Rank Career Prospect Academic Profession Permanent Position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS)University of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS)University of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands

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