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Day of the International Student 2018

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During the celebration, Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Reina Buijs spoke of the importance of sharing knowledge through programmes such as the Orange Knowledge Programme and emphasised how valuable Holland Alumni is to the Netherlands. The Holland Alumni network was promoted, as well as the possibility to become an Orange Knowledge ambassador, including on social media.

Inspiration session
Hosted by journalist Senay Özdemir, an inspiration session was held with alumni Victoria Norgbey from Ghana and Charmae Nercua from the Philippines as well as student Kezang from Bhutan. Victoria was back in the Netherlands after more than two decades to share her truly inspirational story of change. Interested? Read the interview with Victoria that we set up for the occasion here.


The stories of these people in the panel were in many ways familiar to the students, who were able to ask questions on how to deal with difficult things such as missing family and friends or going back to a totally different culture. Some of the students also shared their stories on camera. Watch one of the inspiring compilation videos here.

Let’s lunch!    
During lunch, everyone enjoyed meeting fellow countrymen and -women as well as many others who are also experiencing this life-changing time in the Netherlands. After lunch, a networking game connected even more people. An endless series of selfies were taken with new friends by the time that the event was concluded with the group picture, exchanging phone numbers to stay in touch.

We thank everyone who joined us at this first Orange Knowledge celebration of the Day of the International Student for making it a very special and memorable day.

We hope to meet many of you again next year! Pictures of the event can be found here.

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