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The Netherlands wants to attract more talent from abroad

30th September 2013, Comments 9 comments

The Netherlands must become a more attractive destination for talented foreign students, researchers and knowledge workers.

In accordance with a proposal by education minister Jet Bussemaker, the cabinet has decided to develop an action plan to lure talented young people to the Netherlands to study, and persuade them to stay here when they start their career.

The Social and Economic Council published an advisory opinion entitled 'Make it in the Netherlands!', which underscores the importance of attracting and retaining talented foreign students. The government agrees with the SER that students - both international and Dutch - are a boon not only for institutions of higher education but also for the private sector and the Netherlands as a whole. The government notes, especially, that this could also result in a larger pool of skilled workers for certain sectors, like hi-tech R&D, without crowding out Dutch candidates on the labour market.

The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) concluded that foreign students have considerable economic value for the Netherlands. The CPB estimates that, if one in five foreign students stays in the Netherlands after graduating, public revenues would increase by €740 million. Many international students themselves are also keen to stay here after graduation. Some 64% of Master's students surveyed plan to stay, 16% will leave and the remainder don't yet know what they will do. Similar figures apply to PhD students. In this regard the Netherlands scores about the same as France (65%) and higher than the United Kingdom (51%), but lower than Sweden and Germany (76% and 80%, respectively). Foreign students are more likely to want to stay in the Netherlands if they have already gained some work experience here during their studies.



Holland.com / Expatica

9 Comments To This Article

  • carrico posted:

    on 1st October 2013, 04:35:50 - Reply

    I am all in favor of attracting a talented broad.
  • De Groot posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 20:55:32 - Reply

    Hugo, Spain has long replaced NL as "drug smuggling / use capitol. The gay bars in Amsterdam are far less lively than any big place in Spain. Have been going to both places for years , researching these subjects.
  • Hugo posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 17:01:25 - Reply

    if talent is drug smuggling drug use or homosexuality NL shall be destination nomber 1.
  • horfnork posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 14:54:18 - Reply

    Why would anyone stay in the Netherlands? It's a place where the govt thinks nothing of meddling in your life because they have a bunch of stereotypes that they just have prove. Case in point is the law a few years ago, where cities went around telling everybody that they had to borrow EUR 10k to pay for a "intergration" course that told people who'd been living and working in the country for years how to do basic things like open a bank account or visit the doctor. People who taught at Dutch universities in Dutch were told, in fact, that they had no proof that they spoke the country's language and that they had to go sit in a year-long basic language class. I even had to spend several evenings in order to avoid that the local govt was trying to foist on me. Their attitude was "You're foreign". So, a few hundred Euros and a potential lawsuit later, the ran off. The Netherlands also won't give you permanent rights in the form of dual nationality. Yes if you're born white and Dutch, then it's OK. If you're any asylum seeker, it's OK. If you're European, it's OK. But if you're earning EUR 85k, paying 59% tax and have a pretty good job..... Unlike some European countries, students who've chosen NL can't freely work (within limits) during or after their studies. So they don't bother looking and they leave after graduation. Just about everybody I've known has left or is leaving the Netherlands, including those who speak the language, know how society works and have never asked for anything from the govt. Those that are coming are staying for far shorter periods. It was never a big destination, but there are just so many things wrong that putting a little bit of paint on a bit of wall can't cover the stains of the rest of the house. [Edited by moderator]
  • elvis posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 14:52:29 - Reply

    @David: in the NL you have 25 days per annum holidays while in the US it starts at 12 days per annum and you gain 1 day each year you serve your company. But overall top talent are often workaholics so holidays should not be a big concern.

    The US has less job security but then the NL job security is gradually diminishing as well making you to think what exactly top talent gain by coming to the NL?

    I disagree universities are more expensive in the US: with proper assistant-ship you are very well covered for both tuition and stipend. I received a monthly 1500 dollars stipend for 4 years 12 years ago plus full tuition remission.

    Bottom lines is if you are a hard working individual willing to make your future, the US gives you fare more opportunities and security than the socialist NL.
  • David posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 13:32:01 - Reply

    @elvis
    US working culture is a lot less family friendly. You are expected to work a lot more, and you get not many holidays. Especially foreigners would want a lot of holidays to visit their home country. So I could see families staying here. Other than that the wealth redistribution is not very profitable for top talent. Netherlands is set up for the mediocre to thrive.

    But not many people will be admitted to the US and going to university there is very expensive compared to Netherlands. And compared to the rest of Europe, I think Netherlands is one of the better countries for foreigners.
  • shri posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 11:05:38 - Reply

    I'd say they are better holding on the 'talent' they have already hooked.
  • elvis posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 10:46:52 - Reply

    I made this several years ago and here I go again: why would a student come to the NL for Masters/Ph.D. when in the US he/she gets: 1) tuition remission worth several thousands dollars a semester? 2) TA/RA ship which pays around 1800 dollars a month easily? 3) a cheap car (e.g. Ford Focus; yes it is a cheap one in the US) for few thousands dollar? 4) After education, just by accepting an offer over another one, easily gets a bonus of 5-10 thousands? 5) His/her first job lands $70,000 a year? 6) No tax on his/her savings, sale tax of max 8.75% (state of CA) and income tax of max 30% (all local, state, and federal combined)? 7) a jean for 30 dollars while in the NL it will cost him/her 90 Euro? 8) a new car without the stupid BPM? 9) a car ownership without blind road tax not linked to how much he/she actually drives? 10) far better health services and MDs that can actually help him/her when he/she suffers rather than sending him/her home with a paracetamol pack? [Edited by moderator]
  • evlsi posted:

    on 30th September 2013, 10:35:39 - Reply

    I know 3 guys from India who have come, stayed few years, gained some experience, and left within 4, 2, and 3 years respectively. I also know of a researcher who is now very well known in his field and left NL too after 10 years. I know of world renown faculty who came to visit TU Delft and ran away calling me and asking how could I possibly tolerate NL?

    Sure educated foreigners have economic value for this tiny land but if messed with, they will go forever. I also doubt if any of them would keep his/her money in this tax-over-wealth country.