King meets international students and alumni at nl4talents
international students and alumni, international officers, alumni and career officers
|Publication date||Nov 23, 2016 05:00 PM|
In the presence of King Willem-Alexander 530 international students visited the fifth edition of the yearly event nl4talents in Rotterdam.
“Today we celebrate the importance of the presence of international students in the Netherlands”, said Freddy Weima, Director-General of EP-Nuffic. He showed a picture of a newly born baby wearing a onesie of Wageningen University, whose parents met while studying in Wageningen. They named him Wang Mingen; ‘Thanks, Wageningen’ in Chinese. Weima: “Truly a good way to stay in touch with the Dutch.”
Chair of the Executive Board Kristel Baele welcomed the students in the auditorium of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Alumni on Stage
In conversation with chair of the day Danny Mekic’ alumni talked about their successful career and gave tips to the students in the room. Juliana Marques from Brazil landed a job at Philips after her studies. ‘Know what job you are looking for’ was her advice: it helped her to give direction in her job search. “And do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do something”.
Stuff Dutch People Like
How do you deal with the peculiar habits of the Dutch as an international student? Embrace them, says Canadian Colleen Geske of the blog Stuff Dutch People Like, who has already been living in the Netherlands for twelve years. She lists some survival tips: extend your arm when cycling, prepare for long meetings, use your agenda (‘The Dutch are not known for their spontaneity’) and learn some good swear words (‘The Dutch curse using diseases’).
Devika Rai from Nepal received the 25,000th scholarship of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). Rai is studying for a master’s degree in Public Health at KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) and works at an NGO in Nepal. The king met her and other NFP students, Career in Holland ambassadors and Study in Holland reporters.
King Willem-Alexander and chair of the board of directors Freddy Weima talking to students and alumni, among them 25,000th NFP fellowship student Devika Rai (in pink sweater)