Neso China focuses on the following activities:
- promoting Dutch higher education in China by organising various activities to support Chinese students and academics with study and career opportunities in the Netherlands;
- supporting the visa procedure with the Nuffic Certificate China;
- supporting the Netherlands Alumni Network in China (NANC) and involve alumni as ambassadors in bilateral cooperation;
- initiating and coordinating partnerships in Sino-Dutch knowledge collaboration projects, like Living Labs and Pre-doctoral Programme;
- supporting Dutch education institutions in finding partnerships in China for student outbound mobility.
Study in Holland promotion
Neso China organises and hosts various activities to support Chinese students who want to study in the Netherlands. These include:
Dutch Days of Education Festival
This is a series of events, including a scholarship fair, an interview sessions and alumni reunions.
Aside from public activities, Neso China also launches online campaigns during the festival and invites media to visit the events and to do interviews.
Orange Campus Days
Every year, Neso China visits Chinese universities and high schools together with Dutch university representatives. The visits provide institutions opportunities to meet their potential students. The institutions we visit are all first-class universities or international high schools.
To prepare Chinese students physically as well as mentally for their journey and for student life in the Netherlands, Neso China organises pre-departure briefings. During the briefing we share knowledge to help students overcome any difficulties they might encounter in the adaption to a different culture, study methods and society in the Netherlands.
The pre-departure briefings are regarded as an extra service for Dutch institutions. Well-prepared students know what to expect in Holland and this will contribute to a smoother procedure at the Dutch institutions. University representatives in China are invited to the briefings to meet their new students.
Every November, AcademicTransfer participates in the PhD Workshops in China together with a delegation of Dutch PhD professors. The goal of this workshop is to draw the attention of Chinese master's and PhD students to specific PhD and postdoctoral opportunities abroad. It is organised by Fairlink and Neso China and includes a scholarship briefing and Study in Holland promotion.
Study in Holland and Scholarships Info Session
This event is open to students who are interested in studying in the Netherlands and applying for scholarships. It is normally held at the Dutch embassy and consulate. Dutch university representatives in China are invited to meet their new students.
The event reaches more students via the livestreaming tool. Media also report on the event on major education portals.
Orange Tulip Scholarship Awarding Ceremony
This event is held in close collaboration with the Dutch embassy. Orange Tulip Scholarship awardees receive the awards from the ambassador. Sponsor universities, awardees’ parents and media are invited to attend the ceremony and celebration.
Neso China provides webinar services for Dutch education institutions to reach prospective Chinese students, resident in not only China but also in other countries.
Orange Quiz Nights
At the Orange Quiz Nights Study in Holland promotion is combined with an alumni event. The quiz nights are open to prospective students, alumni and the Dutch community in China. People can get more knowledge of the Netherlands and keep connected with the Dutch community.
Education Agent Training
Every year, Neso China organises training sessions for education agents. This event is also an opportunity to get connected with the local marketers and exchange market information.
Neso China organises an annual online competition on social media. The theme and prizes are different each year. The competition aims to increase awareness of Dutch higher education among Chinese students and to gain specific attention for the sponsors.
Neso China provides support for 2 scholarships specifically for Chinese students:
Orange Tulip Scholarship
The Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) is a partial scholarship offered by higher education institutions, government institutions, or the private sector to provide talented Chinese students with the opportunity to study in the Netherlands.
This programme can be used as a promotional tool for studying in Holland. We have been managing and promoting this programme since 2012, while the education institutions select the grantees. We have succeeded in increasing the number of scholarships for Chinese students. The online application system for OTS 2021-2022 has been open since 1 November 2020.
The Sino-Dutch scholarship programme is a cooperative project between Nuffic and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Neso China supports this scholarship programme through promotion and communication with CSC.
Nuffic Certificate China
All students with the Chinese nationality (except Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) who want to follow an English-taught study programme in the Netherlands for more than 3 months require a Nuffic Certificate. Without this certificate they cannot get a student visa for the Netherlands.
Students who receive this document have demonstrated that they have an adequate command of the English language and that they have submitted authentic diplomas.
Neso China assesses the applications and issues the Nuffic Certificate together with Nuffic’s Credential Evaluation team in The Hague.
NL alumni network China
The NL alumni network is a platform for international alumni, students, and interns, as well as Dutch education institutions, embassies and organisations. Through the network they can exchange knowledge, information, and contacts.
The NANC (Netherlands Alumni Network in China) continually involves alumni in Sino-Dutch projects to enhance the ambassadorial role of alumni in bilateral cooperation.
Do you work at a higher education institution or at a Dutch embassy? Then you can keep in touch with your alumni through the network in your own community or via the global network.
Neso China also plays a prominent role in Sino-Dutch knowledge collaboration. A few examples are:
Nuffic has developed an instrument for international collaboration called Living Labs. Each Living Lab is a bilateral initiative between universities, businesses and governments targeting a specific sector.
Living Labs stimulate innovation by developing competencies of people and applied research through the execution of real-life practical assignments. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals working in a specific sector come together in a Living Lab. The Netherlands chose logistics as the priority sector in China.
Orange Expert Webinars
Nuffic, Neso China and the Holland Alumni Network in China work together to position the Netherlands as a knowledge port through education and research. Neso China organises the Orange Expert Webinar in partnership with the Dutch embassy, consulate, Dutch higher institutions, Chinese research institutions and companies.
The Orange Expert Webinar functions as a platform to share Dutch knowledge and expertise in the perspective of education, to position the Dutch higher education as a knowledge center in the leading industries and to attract Chinese talents to the top sectors.
The pre-doctoral programme was jointly developed by the top 3 Dutch universities: Leiden University, Groningen University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, to support future PhD candidates in their PhD process. Neso China supports with the course promotion, online application administration and awarding ceremony.
Study in China - WilWeg
Neso China hosts receptions for Dutch students in China, in collaboration with the Dutch embassy.
We also support Dutch education institutions in finding partnerships in China for student outbound mobility.