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Holland Alumni Receptions in Indonesia

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A series of Holland Alumni Receptions were successfully held in four cities in Indonesia this year. In conjunction with the Dutch Placement Days and European Higher Education Fair, more than 300 alumni and representatives from Dutch Higher Education Institution and company attended the events.

As the Netherlands is celebrating the 100th anniversary of De Stijl, the Holland Alumni Receptions' theme this year incorporated the spirit of the revolutionary art movement into the programme. With a tagline of "lines of vision, colours of expertise", the receptions aimed to connect alumni from diverse study backgrounds and expertise with each other and their alma mater, and to introduce them to the talent pool. 

This year, Nuffic Neso Indonesia as the organiser of the event cooperated with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IKANED (Association of Holland Alumni in Indonesia), 15 Dutch Higher Education Institutions, and 6 companies and organisations who are currently looking for talents.

The first alumni dinner was held in Surabaya, directly after the Dutch Placement Day, on October 30, 2017. Known for its strong alumni relations, there were at least 28 alumni coming to the event at Four Points Hotel. Six universities cooperated in organising the Surabaya dinner, namely International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) - Erasmus University Rotterdam, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University and University of Groningen. 

The second alumni dinner was held in Yogyakarta, at The Phoenix Hotel. It was held on October 31, 2017, a day before the European Higher Education Fair. Five universities (ie. Erasmus School of Economics, International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), Leiden University, Maastricht University, and Utrecht University) took part and it was attended by 30 alumni. The alumni was welcomed by the new Nuffic Neso Indonesia Director Peter van Tuijl, and the programme featured several throwback photos from the alumni. Two alumni, Dhani Dwi Astuti from ISS and Doni Widyandana from Maastricht University shared the stories behind their throwback photos, reminiscing of some very nice memories during their stay in the Netherlands.

Just like last year, the biggest alumni reception was in Jakarta. It was attended by almost 200 alumni, with 15 Dutch Higher Education Institutions taking part, namely Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Inholland University of Applied Sciences, International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), Leiden University, Maastricht University, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam School of Management, TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Amsterdam (UvA), VU University Amsterdam, University of Groningen, University of Twente, and Utrecht University.

Opened with a series of remarks from Nuffic Neso Indonesia Director Peter van Tuijl, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Rob Swartbol, Education Advisor of the Embassy Sarah Spronk, and Advisor of Holland Alumni Association in Indonesia (IKANED) Prof. Roy Sembel, the programme was followed by elevator pitches by participating companies. The event also features videos from prominent and promising alumni, such as Tissa Aunilla (co-founder of Pipiltin Cocoa/Utrecht University alumna), Inaya Rakhmani (Head of the Communication Research Centre at University of Indonesia /University of Amsterdam alumna), and Immanuel Hutasoit (Controller of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia/The Hague University of Applied Sciences alumnus). The plenary programme was culminated with a moving speech by Indy Hardono, the Scholarship Coordinator of Nuffic Neso Indonesia and herself a Nyenrode Business University alumna.

The final and major part of the programme that evening was the networking dinner, where alumni can meet staff from their alma mater and meeting company representatives. 

The last alumni dinner was held in Palembang. It was held at the restaurant of Hotel Aryaduta on November 6, 2017, a day before the EHEF Palembang. Eleven alumni from Palembang and other towns in South Sumatra came to the dinner, some even had travelled for five hours long from their hometown. It was the first Holland alumni dinner in Palembang and the alumni were very enthusiastic.

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