If you are an international student or newly graduated, starting a business in the Netherlands offers an alternative to searching for a job. This option was unpacked this week in a webinar hosted by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences for current and prospective students who had lots of business ideas already.
The Netherlands has topped the EF English Proficiency Index of 2020, making it the country with the best English-speaking skills outside native English-speaking countries. More than 2.2 million took the test. The Netherlands has consistently been in the Top 3 since the index started in 2011. The Top 5 are the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The countries with the highest scores outside Europe are South Africa and Singapore.
With the travel ban having been lifted by the Dutch government on 15th June, a few students and staff of Wittenborg have since left their homelands and returned to the Netherlands. Wittenborg News caught up with a staff member and a student to find out more about their experiences and perspectives of the COVID-19 situation.
On 1 July 2020, a new Donor Act, which also holds implications for international students, will come into force. The new law will make everyone in the Netherlands aged 18 and above who is registered with their local municipality (gemeente) an organ donor unless otherwise indicated, and will also apply to foreign nationals, including international students, the Dutch department of Health has confirmed to Wittenborg News.
Despite many of us leaving the Netherlands for our Summer holidays, there are still quite a few that will be enjoying the beautiful, predictable weather that the Netherlands has to offer. With that in mind, there are many things you can do this summer. Don’t worry, an average student budget will constantly be considered in each activity I find for this article.
The Minister of Higher Education, Ingrid van Engelshoven, has said she is not averse to asking the Dutch Inspectorate of Education to look into the way agencies recruit international students for public universities if there are indications of irregular conduct.
Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will ask the Dutch Ministry of Education to exempt private institutions from proposed changes to the Higher Education Act, which will require them to maintain a strict policy justifying their choice to teach in English rather than Dutch.
Dutch universities have once again scored well in one of the most influential ranking lists in the world, the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings - with 12 of its 13 universities in the top 200.
Just because the Dutch government is tolerant on soft drugs like cannabis, does not mean you get a free pass!
What does it take to start a business in the Netherlands? We asked Wittenborg's business development advisor, Ben Prins, for a few tips.