The number of international students on full degree programs in the Netherlands has doubled in the last 10 years to more than 81,000, bringing the total number of foreign students in Dutch higher education to a record high of over 112,000.
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.