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How to convince alumni to stay after study in the Netherlands?

Work in Holland 29 April 2012, 18:05

Attracting international students after graduation and encouraging alumni to return to Holland for work, is an important contribution to the Dutch economy based on knowledge and intellectual skills. To make it easier for alumni to find information on work opportunities in Holland, Nuffic is launching a new business and career portal.

study in hollandAttracting international students after graduation and encouraging alumni to return to Holland for work, is an important contribution to the Dutch economy based on knowledge and intellectual skills.

To make it easier for alumni to find information on work opportunities in Holland, Nuffic is launching a new business and career portal.

The latest report of a study on the careers of Holland alumni shows that some of them did not receive sufficient information on career opportunities and incentive programs allowing them to remain in or return to Holland.

Only 11% of of the respondents stayed in or came back to Holland to work. Many of them found positions in the education or scientific research and development sector. Many respondents employed in these sectors were doing a PhD. Other respondents in this group were working in private knowledge-intensive companies. For instance, many alumni did not know the highly-skilled migrants scheme and about zoekjaar afgestudeerde’ (search year) that allows graduates to stay in Holland for one year to look for a job.

That's why it is very important to inform international students which study in the Netherlands as well alumni who have recently finished education in the Netherlands.The business and career portal will develop the information provision for international students and alumni. The portal is a joint effort of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Nuffic.

The new portal will also allow companies in Dutch top sectors and higher education institutions to interact with potential knowledge workers. The portal is expected to be set up in November 2012 during a special career event for international students.

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