Nuffic is hosting its annual ‘Day of the International Student’ at the World Forum in The Hague.
For many international students, Nuffic’s ‘Day of the International Student (DIS) 2011’ is a great chance to meet students from all over the world while participating in various activities, such as workshops, lectures, drinks, dinner and a party.
Nuffic began hosting this annual event in 2005, as a way of showing its appreciation of the fact that all these international students had decided to continue their studies in the Netherlands.
Sabine Amft, project leader of DIS, says the event is also aimed at trying to connect cultures and allow the students to get in touch with Dutch culture and habits: “All these international students will be our Holland alumni – our goodwill ambassadors in their home countries.”
DIS 2011, hosted at the World Forum in Den Haag, will kick off in the morning with introductory speeches and an introduction to Dutch manners. Amft: “There’s also an information market, called ‘DIS Plaza’, where attendees can learn more about different aspects of studying in the Netherlands, as well as a ‘Meet-&-Greet’ lounge where one can just relax and have a drink, while also trying to get in contact with other students by Twitter or Facebook.”
This will be followed by a large variety of workshops, including a crash-course in Dutch and workshops aimed at improving networking and presentation skills. “International students can even try to ice skate,” Amft says. DIS 2011 will then end with a party featuring live music.
Besides fun and games, Amft says the event gives international students a chance to meet some 2000 other students from more than 100 countries, and “of course the students can then extend their international networks.” Organizing an event for such a wide array of students from so many different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds is a huge and daunting challenge in and of itself. “For me, trying to get as many international students as possible to the World Forum in The Hague is the biggest challenge, as the students are not only coming from all over the Netherlands but also from around the world.”
International higher education is of course also a money-making business for the Netherlands, and such DIS events therefore have a recruitment and promotional function for the business of Dutch higher education.
“The main motto of the Nuffic is ‘Linking Knowledge Worldwide’,” Amft says. “DIS is a way to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and learning from people all over the world. DIS is a way to realize this motto and really experience it in real life.”
DIS’s organizers once again have high hopes for the success of this year’s event. “Our expectations are that, again, some 2000 international students will have one of the best days during their time in the Netherlands,” Amft concludes. “A day they’ll never forget, during which they’ll meet new people and have fun.”
Day of the International Student will be held on 12 November 2011 in the World Forum, The Hague. For more information and to register go to www.dis2011.nl.
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