Dutch ‘HBO’ leaders visit China

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Written by nanc    Tuesday, 20 June 2017 02:59

Significant Dutch educational missionwill visit China this week.


The largest-ever Dutch delegation from universities of applied sciences to China will arrive this week. They will visit Beijing and theInternational Forum on Industry & Education 2017 (IFIE) in Zhumadian.


The delegation, consisting of the leaders from 10 universities of applied sciences, is headed by former Vice Prime Minister Thom de Graaf. De Graaf, a member of the Dutch Senate, is also the President of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: hogescholen).


The institution’s leaders want to explore intensified cooperation between Chinese universities of applied sciences and Dutch-affiliated businesses in China. The university presidents and representatives also would like to meet with Chinese alumni from their respective institutions.


Business-Education Network

The Nuffic Neso China office in Beijing is organising a Business-Education Network reception at the Dutch Residence in the Chinese capital on Wednesday 21 June. NufficNeso is collaborating with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Bencham Benelux Chamber of Commerce,Edvance Education International and the NANC Netherlands Alumni Network to put on the event.


Nuffic’s Vice-President Theo Hooghiemstra will also join the delegation of university leaders. Nuffic, the Dutch organisationcommitted to increasing international education opportunities, runs 11 offices worldwide to promote and foster cooperation between schools and universities.


Industry & Education

The Industry & Education (IFIE) forum will be held in Zhumadian, in southern Henan province, from 23-24 June. This Friday-Saturday event is located a four-hour train ride from Beijing. The Dutch educational leaders will meet with their Chinese counterparts and potential partners during a round table and othernetworking sessions. The Forum will be officially opened by the Chinese Vice-Minister of Education.


One of the goals of the Forum is to share experiences about the transformation of regional universities in China and takeaways from these changes. The Dutch will share their knowledge about modern agricultural applied sciences education in the Netherlands and curriculum development in cooperation with regional employers and industry.


Sino-Dutch Consortium

The 10 Dutch higher education institutions joined forces in a Sino-Dutch Consortium last year in order to boost cooperation with the Chinese in this area.


The participating Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are: Avans, Fontys, Hanze, HZ University of Applied Sciences, NHL, Saxion, Stenden, The Hague, Van Hall Larenstein and Zuyd. These institutions feature most popular Dutch study programmes, as well as represent the country from north to south andwest to east.

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