Study abroad essential, education minister says

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Every beginning academic should go abroad, says former Education Minister and current Labour MP Ronald Plasterk, who was a leading professor in molecular biology before embarking upon his political career.

“A lot of research can be done in Holland. But spending some time abroad is an immensely enriching experience.” Mr Plasterk was speaking in Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s Expat On Air programme to comment on the growing internationalisation of Dutch higher education.

According to Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education, 43,000 Dutch students go abroad every year, while 75,000 foreigners come to study here in Holland. Nuffic says the numbers are still growing.

For them, Nuffic organised on Saturday the Day of the International Student in The Hague.


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