NFP/ MSP alumni event in Jordan

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Publication date Nov 29, 2016 08:25 AM

On 16 and 17 November 2016 an alumni event was held by EP-Nuffic at the dead sea in Jordan for alumni of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), MENA Scholarship programme (MSP) and Shiraka (former MATRA-South) programmes. Around 40 Jordanian alumni attended the event, which was opened by the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Jordan, Mr. Paul van den IJssel.

The first day focussed on strengthening ties with alumni in Jordan who had studied in the Netherlands, as well as encouraging future collaboration between the Netherlands and Jordan.

Presentations were held by former NFP tailor-made training recipient, Mr. Al Zawahreh of the Municipality of Zarqa, who outlined the benefits of such a training at the municipal level in Zarqa, and Mr. Ghazi Musharbash who took the audience on a trip down memory lane while portraying 30 years of successful Jordanian- Dutch business partnerships. This was followed by a networking activity, presentation on the Holland alumni network, NFP/MSP specific alumni activities and a video shout out from Netherlands alumni associations around the world. The day ended with a workshop ‘Connecting alumni’, where the wants and needs of alumni surrounding the formation of a Netherlands alumni association were discussed in small groups and presented in pitches to the audience.

On day 2 sessions were held in themes which are supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Amman for Jordan: water, human rights and trade promotion. These were led by: Ms. Tessa Terpstra (Netherlands Embassy in Amman), Ms. Qazal Jamali (The Hague Academy of Local Governance) and Mr. Hans Wurzer (Institute Clingendael). Alumni were able to participate in two rounds of interactive sessions. This was followed by a final plenary session where a show of hands revealed that the majority of attendees is interested in maintaining the bonds that were established during the event, and is keen to take steps towards forming a Netherlands alumni association in Jordan.  

The event closed with networking drinks and bites with the Dutch business community in Jordan.


All in all it was a very successful first EPNuffic alumni event in the MENA region. Brought together by EP-Nuffic in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Amman, which was closely involved in the organisation and execution of the event. It was also unique, as it was the first event to focus on alumni of one country alone, as well as the first that was open to alumni of the MSP and Shiraka programmes, the latter of which are managed by

For more information and/or any questions please contact Charlene de Zoete ( and Mirjam Brüggemann (

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