Beta might be the second letter of the Greek alphabet, but in the Netherlands it is used to mean 'science' in terms of education. Thus schools and universities talk of beta-onderwijs (science education), beta students and a betafaculteit (science faculty). The arts and humanities are known as alfa subjects. The Netherlands is constantly grappling with a shortage of students wanting to study beta subjects – perhaps they should change the name.
Talk about being hip-hop-ranggi eh...?
Thursday, 6 September 2007