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The Netherlands wants to attract more talent from abroad

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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

3 Comments To This Article

  • 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.