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Student stats: Still in the Netherlands 6 years after graduation

Work in Holland 9 August, 07:50

In 2008, 8,137 international students graduated from Dutch universities across the country. In 2014, 34% of those same graduates were still living and working in the Netherlands. Tech graduates surpassed this overall amount by 4%, reaching 38%.

Open Day at the University of TwenteIn 2008, 8,137 international students graduated from Dutch universities across the country. In 2014, 34% of those same graduates were still living and working in the Netherlands. Tech graduates surpassed this overall amount by 4%, reaching 38%.

Where tech grads are working

One third of tech graduates work as engineers, consultants, analysts, or developers within the Business Services sector. Over 16% of grads found jobs in either the Manufacturing and Energy or Public and Care sectors. Another 15.8% of them work in the ICT sector and 10.7% found employment in the fields of Trade, Transportation, Hotels, and Restaurants.

Most (52.8%) of the other international graduates that remained in the Netherlands found jobs in the Public and Care sector. Only 19.2% of them started careers within the Business Services sector right away.

Where tech students studied

International tech students graduating from Dutch universities of applied sciences stayed to work in the country more often than those that were studying at research universities — 42.2% (at UAS institutions) compared to 39.7% (at research institutions).

Alongside tech grads, 31.7% of students that completed a programme in Sciences also found jobs in Technology-related fields.

Tech programmes increasingly popular

From 2008 to 2015, the total amount of international graduates at Dutch universities increased by 1.7 times, from 8,137 to 13,642. The percentage of tech students also increased, from 18% to 20%. In 2015, 2,702 graduates remaining in the Netherlands were specialised in Technology.

These stats identify a trend in which Technology programmes in the Netherlands are becoming exceptionally popular, especially considering that students of these programmes find stable jobs in the country after graduation more often than other grads.

Browse through Technology programmes in the Eurogates database to see what courses are available!

Source: Statistics Netherlands, cbs.nl

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