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Holland Alumni Seminar with Minister Bussemaker in Indonesia

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Holland alumni and their employers gathered at the Erasmus Huis on Monday, February 13th 2017, to attend the Holland Alumni Seminar and the Opening of the Erasmus Training Centre held on the occasion of the visit of the Minister of Education, Culture, and Sciences of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Jet Bussemaker.

In her keynote speech, Minister Bussemaker emphasised the importance of studying abroad, saying that those who have spent their time in another country are more likely to be more creative, efficient, and innovative. She also mentioned that alumni are important ambassadors that build bridges between Indonesian and Dutch society, with international mindset that makes alumni a more valuable asset for both countries. 

Minister Bussemaker

She further addressed the alumni, “Greater cooperation calls for more people like you. Young, ambitious, smart people with international experience and a broad perspective.”

The speech was followed by a presentation on Holland Alumni Network by EP-Nuffic Director Freddy Weima. Currently there are more than 9,600 alumni in the database of Holland Alumni Network Indonesia, with diverse geographical locations, age groups, education backgrounds and work fields.

The seminar itself was attended by 78 alumni from various sectors and ten employers who acknowledged the quality of Holland alumni in their companies/institutions. During their interviews hosted by Education Advisor of the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia Sarah Spronk and Scholarship Team Coordinator of Nuffic Neso Indonesia Indy Hardono, the alumni and employers expressed the added values of studying in the Netherlands through scholarships or capacity building programmes.

Effendi Gazali, who took his PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen, said that there was a personal connection between Indonesia and the Netherlands, and that was an advantage for Indonesian students. Gazali is also an Indonesian prominent figure in the field of communication, who became popular after co-founded a TV talkshow in 2008. 

Meanwhile, alumna Regina Sari Fabianti said that studying in the Netherlands had expanded her network and given her an international experience. Fabianti graduated from both University of Groningen and Eindhoven University of Technology, and currently works at SBM Offshore Indonesia.

After the seminar, guests and alumni were invited to go to the official opening of the Erasmus Training Centre outside. The centre is an initiative by four Dutch universities (Leiden, Stenden, VU Amsterdam, and Groningen), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Nuffic Neso Indonesia. It will support reciprocal student mobility between Indonesia and the Netherlands, and serve as a platform for training of Indonesian professionals. 

To see more photos from the event, kindly go to the facebook page of Holland Alumni Network Indonesia here: 
Photos - Holland Alumni Seminar 

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