Some international students came across their current study programs through the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic); either during one of their education fairs, at one of the 11 Nuffic Neso offices worldwide, or on their website. The site is filled with information about insurance, housing, grants, visas and other issues concerning studying in Holland. Last week, the Nuffic commemorated their 60th anniversary.

EUR cooperation

As Judith Hoogmoed, an international relations officer, explains, many people within Erasmus University cooperate with Nuffic for a wide range of activities. And since Nuffic strives to “link knowledge worldwide”, as their motto says, universities, including Erasmus, can rely on their expertise when it comes to fostering international exchange in higher education worldwide. Jacco Neleman, a press officer further, describes that EUR cooperates with the organization on many issues, like education marketing and scholarships. “Also, we have a couple of collaborations, like the Mobstacles network, an expertise team of Nuffic on the field of immigration for international students and interns in the Netherlands”.

60 years of success

Astonishingly, in 1952 the Dutch already foresaw that the future lies in globalisation and intermixing of different nations, which subsequently lead to the creation of Nuffic. Currently, The Netherlands have one of the most diverse student bodies. The internationalisation issues will be further explored in the Nuffic annual conference which will be held on March 13 in Amersfoort, with the spotlight on ‘regionalisation versus globalisation’.

If you haven’t checked the Nuffic website yet, do keep in mind that it has a lot of valuable information about the practicalities of living and studying in the Netherlands. MD