WHY STUDY IN HOLLAND?
The Netherlands is characterised by an open-mindedness that welcomes the unknown and approaches challenges in a creative way. The Netherlands is now home to over 200 different nationalities, making the Netherlands a melting pot of cultures, opinions and views. To the Dutch, sharing knowledge and seeking cooperation is preferable to holding your cards close to your chest, because we believe that seeing the bigger picture works to everyone’s advantage. The Netherlands has a teaching and research culture in which freedom of expression, intellectual independence, curiosity and the right to question are paramount. The Netherlands has received international praise for its teaching style, which is interactive and student-centred. The teacher acts as a facilitator and guides students through the learning process. Students work in groups to analyse and solve specific problems. Entrepreneurial qualities such as creativity, self-sufficiency and personal initiative are encouraged. For PhD candidates and professors, this means they are given the opportunity to define their research independently and to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams.
Since its independence in the 17th century, the Netherlands flourished thanks to overseas trade. These days, the Dutch are still very internationally oriented, as reflected in their good command of English. The Netherlands is an interesting destination for ambitious international students, international researchers and knowledge-intensive companies. Dutch higher education offers a very broad range of English-taught programmes at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD), giving the Netherlands a unique advantage among non-English-speaking countries. International students who study in the Netherlands take part in a truly international classroom which includes a good mix of students from home and abroad, and an approach to content that integrates the students’ cultural backgrounds into the teaching. For international staff, this means they get to work in an international team at a knowledge institution with a strong international position and reputation: all Dutch research universities are positioned among the top of the four major worldwide rankings, placing Dutch universities in the top 2% in the world.
Dutch people are entrepreneurs and discoverers. According to the World Economic Forum the Dutch economy remains one of the most sophisticated and innovative in the world. An excellent education and training system coupled with a strong adoption of technology and an excellent innovation capacity result in highly sophisticated businesses. Also, The Netherlands are an frontrunner in preparing students for the (inter)national labor market. As a result the Netherlands has a very low youth unemployment rate: the labor market participation of youth in the Netherlands is twice as high as the EU-average. Furthermore, the unemployment of higher education graduates is amongst the lowest. Regionally there is a close cooperation between the higher education institutions and industry, giving students many opportunities to gain relevant experience during one’s studies. Many Universities of Applied Sciences have professors who have a strong network in the business community and many courses contain real business cases which allow students to solve real time, real life problems. Also, work placements and internships are strongly emphasized in the study programs. Dutch researchers have a strong international reputation and are known to be good cooperators. The Dutch higher education institutions typically have a broad network and strong collaborations with industry: locally, regionally, in Europe and in the world. The openness of the system is unique, with plenty opportunity for academic research collaboration with other universities (internationally and nationally). Examples of this are their joint research with international top institutes and sharing facilities such as laboratories. International researchers will experience how self evident collaboration is for the Dutch. Since the Netherlands is a small country, all higher education institutions are within a three hour drive , which makes it fairly easy to ‘visit the neighbors’ and exchange knowledge. A flight to the capital cities London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin takes less than one hour.