After three years of living and working in the Netherlands, I have often reflected on the differences between the Dutch and their southern neighbors. Student loans that have to be repaid are difficult to comprehend for a number of reasons. Young Dutch people are worse off than their Flemish contemporaries in that respect. In terms of interdisciplinarity, the Netherlands is doing much better. In my opinion, Flemish universities are still too stuck in the mud when it comes to disciplines. For example, every Dutch Technical University has a department of philosophy. What’s more, the Digital Society bachelor’s program at Maastricht University was set up on a wholly interdisciplinary basis.

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Author profile picture Katleen Gabriels is a moral philosopher specializing in computer ethics at Maastricht University. She conducts research into the relationships between morality and computer technologies.