Over a third of all international students who graduated from Dutch universities have remained in the Netherlands five years later and more than 70% are employed according to a report released by EP-Nuffic.
EP-Nuffic figures from 2014-2015 show that one in ten students on Dutch higher ed campuses were international after another year of growth for the sector. Germany and China were significant source markets.
This week, Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker presented the first awards for the Netherlands’s new national scholarship programme this week during a breakfast at Schiphol Airport.
In The Netherlands, Nuffic, the organisation promoting internationalisation in higher education and the European Platform, which supports international efforts among teachers and schools in primary and secondary education, have combined as the Ministry of Education introduces a new unified approach to internationalising education.
A “new phase” of education policy in the Netherlands calling for the “mainstreaming of internationalisation” has been introduced by the Minister of Education. In a letter to parliament she outlined plans to establish a €5 million a year scholarship scheme, improve talent retention and facilitate TNE.
The Dutch government has committed financial support for development of a game that will give international students a head-start on learning the Dutch language and Dutch culture before they arrive in the Netherlands. In its early stages of development the game is set to be rolled out in 2015 by non-profit organisation Nuffic.