Become a Partner

The rapid growth of China is of great importance to the Dutch business community. Still, not many Dutch students actively gain knowledge on China during their studies. This is unfortunate for the development of Dutch talents. Ever since 2012 a growing community of companies, research universities and governmental bodies have joined forces, together with the NAHSS, to change this unfavourable observation. The relations within this community are based on the shared importance, for both the corporations and the NAHSS, to realize the aim of the programme: to enable the participants of the NAHSS to become fully aware of the global shift China is causing and to prepare them for the increasing importance of the continent during their careers.

An Investment

By partnering with the NAHSS you invest in the economical future of the Netherlands by contributing to the development of Dutch talent. On top of that, the NAHSS offers a unique platform to get in touch with a group motivated students – selected for the programme by their universities and NAHSS partners – who have a special interest in China on subjects such as urbanisation, innovation and sustainability. Every year the selected students conduct research and work on a project for one of our partners within a relevant and topical overarching theme. In 2020 this theme is The Power of Connectivity.

Supervisory Board

The interests of our partners will be guaranteed by the Supervisory Board of the NAHSS, which consists of the following members: Anton Pijpers (President Executive Board Utrecht University), Dieuwert Inia (Managing Partner McKinsey & Company NL), Peter Wieringa (Vice-Rector Delft University of Technology), Karin Mössenlechner (Director Asia & Oceania Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Peter Diez (Director International at Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement), Co de Heus (CEO Royal de Heus), Gerrit-Jan Steenbergen (CIO A.S. Watson group) and David Gianotten (Managing Partner-Architect OMA).

Partner contribution

As partner of the NAHSS you will be expected to contribute both financially and in kind (e.g. company visit, workshop). Without the contributions of our partners the programme would not be able to organize this national honours programme for excellent Dutch students. The relationships with our partners are based on the shared interest for both partners and the initiative to realise the ultimate goal:to enable the participants of the NAHSS to become fully aware of the global shift China is causing. Because of the growing importance of the Asian continent this programme should be considered as an future investment, which could not be realized without help of our appreciated partners!

Do you want to become a partner?

Does your organization share our vision and would you like to know more about a partnership with the NAHSS? Please contact the Program Board ( for more information and have a look at our Value Proposition.