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The Orange Knowledge Programme 2018; an overview of facts, figures and experiences

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07.10.2019

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Facts and figures OKP 2018

The Orange Knowledge Programme provided 1,778 students with individual scholarships in 2018. The scholarships for master's and short courses do not only offer the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills – they are a life-changing experience. The relevance of an individual scholarship for mid-career professionals from developing countries is much wider than the course material itself. It changes students’ perspectives, and perhaps even their view on the world.

Once students have finished their courses or training they are ready for the next phase of putting that knowledge and skills to excellent use in their home countries. However, an added bonus for these professionals, the Dutch stakeholders and embassies in the partner countries is the lifelong links to the Netherlands. These ties are also tangible proof of the sustainability and reciprocity achieved when funding international education initiatives as part of the Dutch government's development policy.

Alumni who stay connected to their fellow students and to the Netherlands can create excellent opportunities now and in future for Dutch businesses and the Dutch knowledge economy. Nuffic actively support activities that expand and strengthen the Holland Alumni network worldwide. This includes alumni from the Orange Knowledge Programme, but also from previous programmes such as the Netherlands Fellowship Programme and nIche programmes. Nuffic supports our alumni twofold: by encouraging them to form and join official alumni associations, and by offering refresher courses and thematic alumni events.

In 2018, three alumni events were organised with Orange Knowledge funding. These events took place in Colombia, and Lebanon and also a pre-alumni event was hosted in the Netherlands on the Day of the International Student, 17 November.

Nuffic is proud to see that Orange Knowledge alumni continually use the skills and knowledge in the field. Juma Mdeke for example gained a master’s degree in Land and Water Development for Food Security at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Juma has a group of ‘champion farmers’ in Tanzania with whom he regularly keeps in touch. “Due in part to the knowledge about irrigation which I gained in the Netherlands, their production has increased from 5-7 tonnes of rice per hectare, to 10 tonnes. The working methods here are still very different compared to yours, of course,” he adds.

Interested in reading the full annual review of the Orange Knowledge Programme, click here.

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