Dutch universities and colleges popular among Indonesian students
Nuffic Neso Indonesia, the official representation of Dutch higher education in Jakarta has announced that in the coming academic year nearly 400 Indonesians will come to the Netherlands to study at a Dutch university or college. Nuffic Neso helps foreign students secure a place at Dutch institutes of higher education.
The Netherlands and Germany are the two most important European countries for Indonesians wishing to study abroad. Nuffic Neso Indonesia spokesperson Ariono Hadipuro says this is because Dutch education is held in high regard. And students can pursue their studies in English so there is no need to first learn Dutch.
The historical ties between Indonesia and the Netherlands also play a role in many students' their decision to come here. According to Ariono, “Many Indonesian words come from the Dutch”. A total of 1450 Indonesians will be studying in the Netherlands this year. Each year between 350 and 400 Indonesians enrol at Dutch universities and colleges.
Popular studies among the Indonesians are environmentology, business economics and civil engineering. The northern university town of Groningen is surprisingly popular. Ariono says this is because the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen State university of Groningen undertakes many promotional activities in Indonesia and has close ties with an Indonesian university.
However, the largest number of Indonesian students who wish to study abroad go to Australia.
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