The Dutch system of higher education enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. This quality is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance.
Holland was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English. The Dutch higher education institutions together offer 1,560 international study programmes and courses, 1,543 of which are taught entirely in English. This makes Holland the front-runner in continental Europe.
The Dutch education system is interactive and focuses on teamwork, which makes it easy to meet other international students. Studying in Holland means developing an open mind and increasing your international orientation.
Industries & Research
The Dutch people have a history and tradition in inventing and discovery. Dutch scientists and engineers have made a remarkable contribution to human progress as a whole, from something as simple as the sawmill to microbiology and artificial organs. The Dutch contribution towards shaping of world includes Microscope, Yacht, Wind powered sawmill, Stock market, Telescope, Submarine, Pendulum clock, Electrocardiograph (ECG), Artificial kidney (Hemodialysis), Compact disc & laser disc.
The Netherlands is the 16th largest economy of the world & founding member of the European Union, the OECD and the World Trade Organization
The Netherlands has a prosperous and open economy, which depends heavily on foreign trade. The economy is noted for stable industrial relations, fairly low unemployment and inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub. Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery.
Famous Ductch companies include Philips, Akzo Nobel, Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, ING, ABN-AMRO, Fortis, KLM, Heineken and Amstel
One characteristic of Dutch society is that family members are relatively independent of one another, particularly in financial terms. The elaborate national system of social welfare makes this possible. The Dutch tolerate a wide variety of lifestyles with the attitude that everyone should be able to live as they wish as long as they are not too much of a public nuisance.
Despite being basically reserved, the Dutch have a manner of speaking that may startle you with its directness. They look you straight in the eye and can sound very abrupt, especially when they are speaking English or another foreign language and cannot express all the shades of meaning they would be able to express in their own language. They do not mean to be impolite, and their habit of coming to the point quickly can actually make things easier for the foreigner.