History and Goals
Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. For the Netherlands – an open and export-oriented economy – the continent is of vital importance; Dutch export to Asia rose significantly over the last few years. However, as a result of limited international mobility of Dutch students (i.e. only 0.10% of the Dutch students study in Asia), Dutch students have limited knowledge of and experience with the Asian cultures and the Asian business network. To prepare Dutch talent for the international labour market and the ever-growing demand of knowledge of the Asian cultures, it is important that Dutch talent is offered an opportunity to experience Asia. The Netherlands-Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) enables them to experience Asia and by doing so, this generation can further strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Ever since the founding in 2012, the NAHSS actively focuses on carrying out the importance of Asia-related knowledge and experiences. Educating and motivating students, exchange of knowledge, improving the relations between Asia and the Netherlands and creating awareness of the (future) importance of the continent are among the goals of the NAHSS. Working on a bilateral network and understanding of both Dutch and Asian students, companies, universities and government agencies is key in this.
The NAHSS aims to do so, initially by organizing a national honours program for excellent Dutch undergraduate students of all Dutch research universities and disciplines. This program offers these students the unique possibility to experience Asia during a summer program containing academic, business and cultural aspects. This initiative enables the participants to become fully aware of and able to capture the opportunities that arise on the Asian continent for the Netherlands. Not only aims the NAHSS to underline the importance of Asia for the Netherlands, but hopes to further stimulate and influence the (academic) careers of these students in a Asia-oriented manner.