Help for international students to stay in the Netherland
The "Make it in the Netherlands" plan
As part of its intention to make the Netherlands more attractive to foreign talent, the Dutch government has released details of an action plan designed in coalition with universities, industry, unions, employer and student organisations and the Chamber of Commerce.
Jet Bussemaker, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, launched "Make it in the Netherlands" in front of hundreds of international students at the careers event on November 23, 2013. The plan is designed to first attract international students and then help them form strong ties with the Netherlands. According to the minister, motivated foreign students boost success rates of universities and Dutch students, while the labour market needs international talent.
Studies have shown that while 70 per cent of international students would like to stay in the Netherlands after graduation, only 27 per cent actually do so. Recent estimates by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis estimated that if one in five foreign students stays in the Netherlands after graduating, public revenues would increase by 740 million euros.
The plans has three stated aims. Firstly, to ensure all international students feel welcome in the Netherlands and know that they can start a career in the country. Secondly, it aims to have as many international students as possible decide to work in the Netherlands after they graduate, especially in the top sectors and sectors with good labour-market prospects. This means the collation will begin strategic recruitment and work to boost retention before, during and after students’ studies. Lastly, it want to ensure that all international students maintain a bond with the Netherlands after they have completed their studies, even if they go home.
Read the full Make it in the Netherlands programme:
Download the programme booklet