A Semester in The Netherlands – NUFFIC NESO Visits Taylor’s University To Further Expand Links
The main role of NUFFIC NESO is to promote Dutch higher education and to increase student and staff mobility. Given the many partners universities Taylor’s already have in Holland, NUFFIC came to visit the Lakeside campus to discuss how we might further build on these links.
(L-R, front to back) Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE), Peter Peter van Tuijl (Director NUFFIC), Ms Ilene van Brouwershaven (Dutch Embassy in KL), Ms Inty Dienasari (NUFFIC), Jayvien Lau (Head, Student exchange, TU), and Michelle Lim (University Placement Centre)
NUFFIC is the organisation responsible for internationalisation of Dutch education. As the Chairman of the NUFFIC Board has put it, “Our ambition is for every student to gain international experience. Because where different worlds come together, that is where the most amazing things happen. Of this we are convinced”. While their headquarters in The Netherlands are in The Hague, they also have 11 regional offices around the world. For SE Asia, the Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) is located in Jakarta (Indonesia). Given the many exchange links that Taylor’s University has with The Netherlands, the Director of NUFFIC-NESO, Mr Peter van Tuijl and his colleague Ms Inty Dienasari came to visit Taylor’s University with Ms Ilene van Brouwershaven from the Embassy of The Netherlands in KL.
They were interested to find out more about our various links with The Netherlands, andto explore ways that they could help Taylor’s to expand our existing partnerships. As the Chairman of NUFFIC said, we look to “bring together people, their dreams and ambitions. And we encourage everyone to expand their limits. Together with our national and international partners, we strive to promote the development of our students, as well as the growth of teachers/lecturers, professionals and organisations. This is how we’re securing the Netherlands’ reputation as a leading knowledge economy”.
Taylor’s University’s exchange partners in The Netherlands already include the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, NHTV-Breda University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Stenden University, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, TIO University of Applied Sciences and Fontys Academy for Creative Industries. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement said that, “we pleased that every semester that we get a sizeable group of Dutch students coming to study with us, as it brings diversity and adds another set of international perspectives to the academic life on the Lakeside campus. We already have many students going to The Netherlands and so we look forward to exploring new ways of working with Holland and broadening our range of engagements with Dutch institutions”. To find out more about the exchange opportunities at Taylor’s University, and to read about the experiences that students have had, click here - (Global Matters 2018)