Become a partner

The rapid growth of China is of great importance to Dutch businesses. Still, few students gain knowledge of China during their studies. This is unfortunate for the development of talent studying in the Netherlands. In 2012, a growing community of companies, research universities, and governmental bodies joined forces by founding the Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS). Recently, the NAHSS broadened its focus to also include Southeast Asia alongside China. The NAHSS, and therefore indirectly its partners, aim to prepare students for a career with Southeast Asia and China as major players on the world stage.

An Investment

By becoming a NAHSS-partner, you invest in the future of the Dutch economy by contributing to the development of talent studying in the Netherlands. On top of that, the NAHSS offers a unique platform to get in touch with a group of top perfoming students – selected for the programme by their universities and NAHSS partners – who have a special interest in Asia and topics like urbanisation, innovation and sustainability. The selected students conduct research and work on projects for the partners of the NAHSS. Every year, the students do so with a relevant and topical overarching theme. In 2024, this theme is Navigating Change.

Supervisory Board

The interests of our partners will be guaranteed by the Supervisory Board of the NAHSS, a board of experienced professionals that oversees the activities of the Program Board. Currently, the Supervisory Board consists of the following members: Anton Pijpers (President Executive Board Utrecht University), Dieuwert Inia (Managing Partner McKinsey & Company NL), Wouter Jurgens (Director Asia & Oceania Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Gerrit-Jan Steenbergen (CIO AS Watson), Ilse Pauwels (Director International Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), David Gianotten (Managing Partner - Architect OMA), and Nina Keulers (Student Counsellor at Utrecht University).

Partner contribution

As a partner of the NAHSS you will be expected to contribute both financially and in-kind. Besides the consultancy project, our partners get the opportunity to host a company visit in Asia, an inhouse day in the Netherlands, masterclass or workshop. Without the contributions of our partners, the NAHSS would not be able to organize this national programme for top performing students studying in the Netherlands. The relationships with our partners are based on the shared interest for both partners and the initiative to realise the goal: to enable the participants of the NAHSS to become fully aware of and prepared for a career with Southeast Asia and China as major player on the world stage. Because of the growing importance of Asia as a whole, this programme is a future investment, which could not be realized without the 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.