Nuffic- Promoting Dutch High Education (Dirk Haakman)

Nuffic is a non-profit organization that is focused on global cooperations concerning higher education. This independent organization is based at The Hague, Netherlands. It was established on January 11, 1952, initiated by institutions on higher education with the goal of benefiting educational cooperation in the Netherlands and abroad. So take a closer look at this video on the opening of Nuffic Neso Brasil to get a better understanding of what Nuffic – Promoting Dutch Higher Education – is all about.

Today, Nuffic is working in cooperation with different Dutch government sectors and public and private organizations to govern academic cooperation programs. They aim to promote international education to students as well as academic staffs by granting scholarship programs. It is also part of their objectives to attract foreign students to study in the country.

Nuffic strongly believes and promotes their motto, “Linking knowledge worldwide”. For its branding campaigns, Nuffic has a specifically identifiable logo, ‘Study in Holland’, that pertains to Dutch higher education that helps uniquely identify it in their global promotion. To read an interview with Dirk Haakman, check out this page.

Nuffic works with various partners, two of the most notable are the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nuffic also has a lot of partners in several countries which includes ACA (Academic Cooperation Association), ASIE (Association for Studies in International Education), EAIE (European Association of International Education), ENIC-NARIC, EUA (European University Association), NAFSA-Association of International Educators (USA) and Neth-ER (Netherlands House for Education and Research). The work is highly relevant at a time when an increasing number of community colleges broaden their academic goals.

Nuffic employs 250 people to work on their objectives in linking knowledge worldwide. Majority of the employees work at their office at The Hague while the others work at the Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Offices (Nuffic NESOS) in different places worldwide. These offices are situated in places that are considered important for Dutch higher education. More and more U.S. schools seek teachers outside its borders too, as we learned at a recent CYACCE conference, so there may be some very good opportunities.

They are located in Vietnam, Taipei, China, Indonesia, India, Russia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand. These countries were selected to make a diverse range of the study options. Nuffic also made an online database of international study program named the Studyfinder to provide convenience for students who want to avail their programs in a peaceful setting. For a complete list of Nuffic Associate Partners, take a look at this post. Impressive!

Nuffic provides an interesting environment for their staff and emphasizes teamwork in their activities though they are aware there’s a global brain race going on for quality instructors. Yet they keep on being focused on achieving their goals and objectives. They are certified in ISO 9001:2008 which ensures that they are systematic and their quality assurance outline is structured.

Well, let’s hope that all of Nuffic’s efforts across the globe will keep on having a positive impact on governmental organizations, educational institutions, and students and that over the coming years, we’ll see little or no automation glitches like the ones Microsoft has to deal with every so many years. So what’s left is just wishing all you students, scholars, volunteers, government representatives, professors, scientists, and all those that I’ve now forgotten, a very healthy and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!