The Dutch House of Representatives has agreed to stretch the rules in the ius promovendi and allow scientists with a doctor’s title, that have written a dissertation, to promote graduates. If the bill is accepted by the Senate of the Dutch Parliament in March you only need a doctor to grant your doctorate.

With the improvement, part of a law on internationalisation, Dutch universities gain the liberty to appoint non-professor supervisors to promote graduates under one condition: the promotor must have written a dissertation.

The legal innovation ends the ius promovendi-monopoly of professors in Dutch universities. Currently only a scientist at the level of ‘professor’ can act as a supervisor, even if he or she has very little to do with the daily supervision of the specific candidate.

Foreign scientists profit from these extra possibilities, especially the scientists that end up in the Netherlands working as an ‘assistant professor’ or young research talents that would like to start an international career in our country.

In their countries of origin these ‘Assoc. Profs’ would be able to grant their candidates their doctorate but in the Netherlands, that was not the case. Up until now. With the bill, Dutch universities can adapt to international standards.

In future, a commission of professors within universities (Faculty Promotions) can appoint other staff scientists as promotors.

The amendment is part of a law that passed the House on February 27th.