Enthusiasm abounds at US seminar on education cooperation

Publication date: Jul 06, 2017 08:40 AM

A lot of interest and enthusiasm was exhibited at a recent seminar in New York about educational cooperation between the Netherlands and the US. It should be holistic, multilateral, and include knowledge diplomacy. Opportunities abound and now is the time to strengthen ties.

The remarks, made by an international panel of higher education experts, echoed the conclusions of a report on strengthening ties with the US on education. The report, which was commissioned by Nuffic in close cooperation with the Consulate-General in New York, concludes that investing in knowledge and expertise in the field of education has added value for both the Dutch knowledge sector and US higher education. 

Report on "Strengthening ties with the US on Education"(74 kB)

Unique value

The president of the Dutch Banking Association, Chris Buijink, who recently chaired a temporary public-private taskforce that issued recommendations to the Dutch Trade and Investment Board on the strengthening of export and investment promotion in the Netherlands, emphasised the need to attract knowledge and talent internationally.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey (USA), pointed out the unique value that the combined Dutch universities have to offer to the US. All thirteen Dutch research universities are in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Main conclusions

Partnerships and joint efforts, between diplomatic missions, institutions, not-for-profit organisations and foundations, such as the Netherlands-America Foundation, the business sector, and alumni, are key to strenghtening ties in the field of education, was one of the main conclusions at the seminar.

The report, titled Strengthening ties with US on education, an exploration, focuses on the north-eastern region of the US and recommends exploring additional cooperation in sectors where the Netherlands has a competitive edge, such as water, high tech, ICT, creative industries, and life sciences.

Strengthening ties with US on education, a brief exploration(1.2 MB) 

Generation Study Abroad programme

A concrete reason for the study was the inclusion of the Netherlands as destination country in the large-scale Generation Study Abroad programme of the American Institute for International Education (IIE).The aim of this initiative is to double the number of students studying abroad to 600,000 by 2020. At the seminar, IIE president Allan Goodman stressed the long-standing collaboration that already exists between institutions in both countries.

The report will be presented in the Netherlands and discussed by Dutch stakeholders in the coming months.

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