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Dutch Ambassador Launches Orange Tulip Scholarships at Bengaluru Tech Summit to Boost Study in Holland Program

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The 400-year-old Indo-Dutch relations is at an all time high. Indo-Dutch bi-lateral trade and cultural relations founded on the bedrock of its talented people will be enhanced with greater student mobility from to In this context, Dutch Ambassador, launched (OTS) during the Bengaluru Tech Summit held on 30th November, 2018 at Palace. "We are happy to formally launch the 2019-20 Orange Tulip Scholarships for Indian students to study in Holland. OTS was piloted in 2017 under Support Office (NESO) This year, 19 Dutch universities are offering around 55 scholarships in bachelors and master courses totaling a value of 4,57,290 INR 3.65 cr* approx," said.

"will be home to the world's youngest workforce by 2027, according to is the second most innovative country and the fourth most competitive economy in the world as per rankings of 2018," he added. "Harnessing the young talent, and innovative from both our nations, we look forward to create intersections for innovative solutions to global problems through industry-academia collaboration," he said.

Many universities are offering waiver of tuition fees for various courses, interesting pedagogy eg. Museology (study of museums), Medical and Pharma Drug Innovation, International Leisure etc. to attract Indian students.

OTS puts on the talent map for attracting highly qualified Indian students to study in Holland. Around 2,021 Indian students went to Netherlands for higher in 2017 clocking 30% increase over 2016 in enrollments.

"has a deficit of thousands of engineers. With 5,00,000 engineering pass outs from India and many from Bengaluru, there is immense opportunity to bridge the engineering talent gap in Holland," says Gert Heijkoop, in Bengaluru.

OTS was launched in in 2008 and in successive years in Mexico, Korea, Brazil, and It piloted in 2017 in India with Indian students availing 24 scholarships worth 541191 or INR 4.1 CR approx* Since 2010-11, the relative importance of German and Chinese students has been decreasing and countries such as UK, India, and USA is steadily increasing.

Applications for OTS are now open. Students can visit Neso to know the deadlines for various

Neso co-curates peer learning workshop with IIIT on Cybersecurity - Increasing incidents of cyber attacks and data protection efforts are underway globally. According to NASSCOM, an IT industry trade body report, this is expected to create $35 billion revenue and employment opportunities for about 1 million Indian professionals by 2025.

Considering the exponential magnitude of the issue, the Government of along with partners from industry and academia formed partnership with Centre for Strategic Studies to further strengthen industry-academia partnership this year. The Prime Ministers of India and formally announced this collaboration during the held in India in May 2018.

Under the Indo-Dutch collaboration, Govt. of Karnataka Dept. IT & BT dept. and Centre for Strategic Studies organized the first-ever in The Hague in July 2018. Five brightest minds from IIIT Bangalore were sponsored by the Govt. of Karnataka to attend the summer school in The Hague. The students presented key learnings on Cyber-security and fake in a workshop co-curated by Nuffic Neso and the IIIT students at

Other highlights of Study in Holland program

STEM courses are amongst the most popular for Indian students aspiring to study in Netherlands. Per 2016-17 Nuffic Neso stats, over 1283 Indian students applied for Engineering followed by Economics, Business Administration (242) and Sciences (144) Amongst the non-technical streams, Agriculture and Environment ranks highest with 120 applications followed by Social Studies (71) and Arts and Culture (60) About Nuffic Neso

Nuffic has set up Netherlands Support Offices in 11 countries. These offices are located in countries that are strategically important for Dutch higher education: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and They were set up with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, The main task of a Nuffic Neso is to promote Dutch higher education and to support students who want to study in Holland. They also facilitate institutional cooperation. They also support the Holland Alumni programme by maintaining and organising events and training sessions for alumni and alumni officers at Dutch higher education institutions. In addition, the Nuffic Nesos for Dutch education institutions as well as others interested in international education marketing.

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First Published: Sat, December 01 2018. 10:55 IST
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