Make it in the Netherlands!

The 'Make it in the Netherlands!' action plan, launched on 23 November 2013, calls on talented international students to make their careers in the Netherlands, to spend several years working here and to build lasting ties with the Netherlands even if they leave after graduation. This joint action plan has been initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and involves a broad coalition of stakeholders.

A stronger knowledge economy

The Netherlands wants to retain international students for several reasons: 

  • to boost the quality of education and of academic success rates among both Dutch and international students;
  • to improve international students' academic experience;
  • to strengthen the image of Dutch higher education worldwide
  • to improve the labour market in top sectors (e.g. science and technology) and generate significant economic benefits.

In short: developing stable, long-term relationships with international students will strengthen the Netherlands' knowledge economy.

Download the 'Make it in the Netherlands!' action plan(1.1 MB)

Keen to stay

Currently, 70% of international students are keen to stay on in the Netherlands after they graduate, but only 27% actually do. This is an opportunity for both the Netherlands and for talented international students. A study programme can mean the start of a new career for more international students than is currently the case.

Tailor-made promotional activities

The action plan will include tailor-made promotional activities to address this situation. This involves not only promoting study programmes, but also the combination of study and a career, generating closer ties between education and industry right from the outset.

Do keep in touch

Even if international students leave the Netherlands after they graduate, it is important they maintain a connection with the country to create valuable international networks and potential ambassadors for the Netherlands. An active alumni policy will keep these fires burning.

About the action plan

The basis of this action plan was the advisory report by the Social and Economic Council (SER) titled 'Make it in the Netherlands', and follows on from the SER's argument for a joint approach.

Rather than setting out compulsory agreements, the action plan is the expression of a common aim: to invite international students to start a career in the Netherlands.

Make it in the Netherlands!

last modified Jun 05, 2014 07:43 AM
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