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Change at the helm of Nuffic Neso South Africa


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Portrait picture of Huba BoshoffHuba Boshoff is the new head of Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office in South Africa. She replaces Mervin Bakker who will be heading the International Strategy & Relations department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Huba is an experienced international education professional and has been with Nuffic for two years as Development & Partnership Manager, focusing on the Southern Africa region. Previously she worked in various international roles at Stellenbosch University, including manager of international partnerships.

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"I am excited about taking on this role”, Huba explains. “Building on a strong platform of collaboration, I look forward to cocreate further opportunities for education and research between South Africa and the Netherlands and in so doing also contribute to knowledge exchange on the African continent.”

Upon his departure Mervin Bakker stated: "It is a strange time to say goodbye, because I am not able to meet the stakeholders and friends of Nuffic Neso South Africa in person to express my gratitude for the excellent collaboration over the past years. With Huba in charge, I am sure the very good collaboration will continue. With her experience, network and personality, she is the best successor I could wish for. For sure, also in my new role, I will remain an ambassador of the collaboration with South Africa.”

About Nuffic Neso South Africa

We have Netherlands Education Support Offices in 10 countries. They act as representatives of the Dutch knowledge sector abroad. The Nuffic Nesos are located in countries that are strategically important for Dutch higher education: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. They were set up with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Our office in South Africa supports and represents Dutch education institutions in South Africa and the wider region. We connect Southern African and Dutch pupils, students and researchers from schools, colleges and universities with eachother and with business and government.

The main activities are:

  • Positioning Dutch higher education in close collaboration with South Africa and the SADC region.
  • Capacity development in education.
  • Providing information for Southern African students on study and funding opportunities in the Netherlands.
  • Providing information on study programmes and internship places for Dutch students in South Africa.
  • Engaging with the Holland Alumni network regionally.


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