Nuffic Nesos to Stay Open for at Least 2020 and 2021
Nuffic Wants to Contribute to New Strategy to Bind International Talent
While the Netherlands Education Support Offices (Nesos), currently active in 10 countries around the world, continue to face an uncertain future, for the time being they will remain open, at least for the next two years.
This is according to Freddy Weima, director of Nuffic, which is the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. In an interview Weima describes 2019 as a "tough year" for the organisation after being informed during the summer that the government has decided to stop the financing of the Nesos and the Holland Alumni Network.
"This brought about lots of uncertainty for our employees," Weima said in looking back on the tumultuous year. "In the meantime, what has become clear is that the Nesos can stay open in 2020 and 2021. The good news is that our activities around evaluation of diplomas and the National Agency Erasmus+ will continue - stronger even; it will be solidified in legislation."
In answer to what can be expected in the next year, Weima said 2020 will be an exciting year. "Not only for Nuffic, but internationalisation in general. This year, definite decisions about the financing of Nuffic in the future will be taken. It has also been agreed that a new cabinet strategy for internationalisation is needed, particularly in terms of the recruitment and binding of talent. Nuffic can and would like to make a big contribution to this strategy."
by James Wittenborg