The aim of the long-term agreement is to keep a larger number of students within the higher education system and to provide these students with the kind of education that will bring out the best in them.
In brief, the long-term agreement aims to:
The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is allocating additional funds in support of this effort to increase study success rates. Initially, the funds are granted on a conditional basis. In 2011, the Ministry assessed whether the universities achieved the relevant objectives. A decision was then made as to whether these additional funds would be allocated on a structural basis.
In comparison with previous agreements, the April 2008 long-term agreement between the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the VSNU focuses more intensively on the aspects of orientation, transfers, study success rates and excellence.