The board, consisting of seven Dutch and international members from the educational and development field, is chaired by Ms Jet Bussemaker, former Netherlands' Minister of Education, Science and Culture.
The Orange Knowledge Programme is a five year global development programme, aimed to strengthening professionals and organisations through education and training. It contributes to the goals of the Netherlands’ development cooperation policy, in which education plays an important role.
Ms Bussemaker: 'In the current international world, education is a source of empowerment, connection and economic growth. The Orange Knowledge Programme can make an important contribution to this. I look forward - together with my fellow board members - to contributing to the Orange Knowledge programme'.
Knowledge and expertise
The Advisory Board’s goal is to bring in knowledge and expertise from various international professional fields. The Advisory Board offers the programme management team solicited and unsolicited advice on the strategic approach, implementation of the programme and the progress of achieving the programme’s outcomes.
'The Orange Knowledge Advisory Board is not only an international group of experts in the field, it consists of people that are committed to the goals of the programme and the intended impact’ Remaining objective and critical however, the Advisory Board is a very helpful institution to making this programme a success’, says Freddy Weima, director-general of Nuffic.
The Orange Knowledge programme offers funding in 52 countries for individual scholarships, tailor-made trainings and institutional partnerships between Dutch and foreign education institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education.
It focuses on the priority themes of the Dutch government and aims throughout the programme for inclusion, employability and environmental sustainability. The Orange Knowledge Programme is managed by Nuffic in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that finances the programme. Running till mid-2022, it will offer thousands of people the chance to change their future.
The Advisory Board meets twice a year and consists of:
- Ms Jet Bussemaker (chair), Professor of Governance, Science and Societal Impact, Leiden University Medical Center and the Governance Faculty of Leiden University. From 2012 until the end of 2017 Ms Bussemaker served as Minister of Education;
- Mr Wim Boomkamp, former President of the Executive Board of Saxion University of Applied Sciences;
- Ms Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Knowledge Management & ICT Services of the Association of African Universities;
- Mr Glenn Pardede, Managing Director at PT East West Seed Indonesia;
- Ms Marije Balt, Founder and Director of SpringFactor research & consultancy, university lecturer and former diplomat specialised in youth employment in Africa;
- Ms Gro Tjore, Deputy Director General of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU);
- Mr Rob de Vos, former Ambassador to South Africa and former Director General International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.