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Make it in the North

Nearly 75,000 international students choose to study in the Netherlands. Of these, over 70% would like to find a job after graduation in the Netherlands, but only 28% have succeeded in doing so.

Simultaneously, businesses and organizations sometimes find it difficult to attract internationals. While internationalisation is a vehicle for innovation and productivity growth, it seems that the skills of international talents are not fully used by the Northern businesses.

The consulting event ‘Make it in the North’, held on Thursday, June 16, was organized to discuss ways to retain international talent for the North of the Netherlands in terms of employability. The consulting event’s aim was to gather information on the topic and to define follow-up steps. Representatives from companies, knowledge institutions, special interest groups and students met to discuss the topics from different angles. The topics of discussion were:

  1. Vision of the ideal workplace for internationals .
  2. Benefits and pitfalls of challenges of hiring internationals and of finding a job in the North.
  3. What would attract you to participate in an international career event in the North?
  4. Brainstorm on ideas on how to bring industry closer to internationals.

The results from the discussion groups are now being collated and analyzed, and the organizing team will then decide on the next steps to take.

The event was organized by NEXT (student organisation of University of Groningen), IWCN (International Welcome Center North), University of Groningen, Municipalities of Groningen and Assen, EP NUFFIC, DUO / Europass and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.