Who are we?

We are Nuffic: the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. From primary and secondary education to vocational and higher education and research.

As a knowledge centre and public service provider we contribute to strengthening the Dutch education sector and knowledge economy. We do so together with our national and international partners.

With commissioning parties such as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission, we can carry out our tasks across the entire education sector.


Our ambition is for every pupil and student to gain international experience. Because where different worlds come together, that is where the most amazing things happen. Of this we are convinced. From our head office in The Hague and 11 offices around the world we bring together people, dreams and ambitions. And we encourage everyone to expand their limits.

Together with our national and international partners, we strive to promote the development of our pupils and students, as well as the growth of teachers, professionals and organisations. This is how we’re securing the Netherlands’ reputation as a leading knowledge economy.

Strategic agenda 2016-2020

Internationalisation: a world of difference

In our globalising world, internationalisation is of growing importance for the entire education spectrum. Nuffic therefore wants all pupils and students to acquire international knowledge and skills from 2020.

We also want to progress to becoming the leading expertise and service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education. This means we have to collaborate closely with the entire education community. We also have to be responsive to the specific wishes of our clients.

To realise our strategic ambitions for 2020, we have drawn up six agenda items, grouped into three clusters.

A. House of Internationalisation

The recent Dutch cabinet vision on inter­nationalisation expressly described Nuffic as the ‘house of internationalisation’. This is a role we are happy to take on.

Agenda item 1: Acting as a source of inspiration for internationalisation based on our expertise

Our customer surveys and interviews have revealed a need for thought leadership. To this end we are developing new products through research and co-creation, and applying previously developed products in other sectors. Our existing knowledge is fuelled by research that we either commission or conduct ourselves. And most of all, by the many positive and inspiring examples we see in real-world practice.

Agenda item 2: Service provider and intermediary for the entire education sector

There is a wide range of internationalisation activities in the various education sectors. We offer distinctive services tailored to the developments under way in each sector:

  • primary education: the youngest pupils also stand to benefit greatly from international experience. We are expanding our advisory and informational role to reach more schools and, more importantly, more pupils.
  • secondary education: it is important for the sector to develop a cohesive internationalisation policy. We aid schools in the process of internationalisation and the professional development of their teachers.
  • vocational education and training (VET): we assist VET institutions in the professionalisation of the education they provide and in making internationalisation an embedded component of education. We are doing so by offering new services aimed at increasing the mobility of students and teachers.
  • teacher-training programmes: we intend to reinforce the foundations. Internationalisation in education requires qualified teachers. Every student who completes a teacher-training programme should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate internationalisation into their lessons. That is our ideal.
  • higher education: We assist institutions in selecting the form of internationalisation that best fits their needs. Our goal is to ensure that by 2020 all Dutch higher education institutions have the knowledge required to choose appropriate options. We will also be aiding them in the hunt for talent.

B. New focus areas

In the years ahead, we will consolidate, further develop and enhance coherence between our existing activities.

Agenda item 3: Towards a sector-wide internationalisation agenda for education

All pupils and students deserve the opportunity to gain international and intercultural competencies. After completing their studies, they will benefit greatly from these skills in our increasingly globalised world. Curricular continuity policies are essential in this regard: pupils and students must be able to build on their prior learning.

Agenda item 4: Capacity building to match internationalisation objectives

Capacity building in education and research is an important form of cooperation with developing countries. Our goal is to help these countries develop their own knowledge infrastructure in response to local and international needs.

Agenda item 5: Linking internationalisation of education with the job market

Binding international talent and the value of internationalisation to the job market have become key themes. As a result, the significance of the corporate sector as a target group has increased. Alumni play a key role within this group. For these reasons, we will be intensifying our alumni activities in the years ahead.

C. Organisational development

We are developing into an organisation with an entrepreneurial and innovationoriented culture.

Agenda item 6: A powerful, flexible and innovative organisation

From a traditional task-driven organisation to a demand-oriented and innovative service provider: that describes the shift in culture before us. We need to be effective, flexible and innovative in order to respond to needs and developments in our environment.

ISO certification

Our organisation is ISO-certified.

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