JAKARTA, KalderaNews.com – After 25 years of dedicated service in fostering Dutch knowledge collaboration with Indonesia, Nuffic Neso Indonesia has transformed into Nuffic Southeast Asia, as of January 2024.
This strategic evolution marks a significant milestone in the organization’s journey. Nuffic Southeast Asia is positioned as a regional office committed to advancing and nurturing knowledge and education partnerships between the Netherlands and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Emphasizing the commitment reflected in this transformation, Peter van Tuijl, the Director of Nuffic Southeast Asia, notes, “This evolution signifies more than just a change in name; it shows a strong commitment to building important relationships for the Dutch Knowledge Sector in Southeast Asia.”
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Nuffic Southeast Asia’s regional role signifies a substantial expansion of its capabilities. While continuing its ongoing activities, such as managing Dutch Knowledge Programmes, supporting the NL Knowledge House and co-organizing WINNER (Week of Indonesia-Netherlands Education and Research), the office is poised to embrace new and enhanced initiatives.
In addition to strengthening its ties with neighbouring countries, Nuffic Southeast Asia is committed to reinforcing the connection between the Southeast Asian region and the European Union (EU).
This strategic approach aims to build a wider network of educational cooperation, promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration within the region and with EU partners.
Highlight the Achievements and Milestone
Nuffic’s journey in Southeast Asia began in 1996 when the office was known as the Netherlands Education Center (NEC). In 2007, NEC officially transformed into Nuffic Neso Indonesia, aligning with the naming convention of other Nuffic Neso offices worldwide.
In a formal farewell to the longstanding Nuffic Neso and a warm welcome to the newly established Nuffic Southeast Asia, Lambert Grijns , the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN, took a nostalgic journey back to the year 1996. Ambassador Grijns reminisced about the foundation of the Netherlands Education Center (NEC), the precursor to Nuffic, which marked its inception in that significant year.
The ambassador underscored the pivotal role played by the collaborative efforts in the fields of knowledge, science, and education between Indonesia and the Netherlands over the past 25 years. Expressing gratitude, Ambassador Grijns extended a heartfelt thank you to those who have contributed to this remarkable journey.
The ambassador went on to highlight the achievements and milestones reached during this quarter-century period. He praised the dedicated individuals who, as the connecting link, engaged with students and parents alike. Their participation in seminars and fairs across Jakarta, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia solidified their role as consultants, addressing queries and guiding prospective students through the intricate process of education abroad.
A significant mention was made of StuNed, a widely recognized brand that played a key role in promoting educational opportunities. Though StuNed no longer exists, the legacy continues as questions about it persist. Ambassador Grijns commended the transition to other programs, including the Orang Knowledge Program, as a testament to the continuous commitment to fostering educational collaborations.
Acknowledging the challenges faced by the consular section during peak months, particularly in July and August, due to a surge in visa applications, the ambassador praised the relentless efforts of embassy colleagues who worked day and night to ensure that every student’s application was processed promptly.
However, Ambassador Grijns emphasized that beyond the ‘what,’ the essence lies in the ‘how.’ He highlighted the close collaboration and symbiotic relationship between the embassy and the educational mission. Describing it as a perfect mission, the ambassador noted the harmonious partnership that went beyond sharing the same roof, evolving into a truly collaborative endeavor.
In conclusion, Ambassador Lambert Grijns expressed his deep appreciation for the dedication, hard work, and achievements of those involved in building a bridge of knowledge and education between Indonesia and the Netherlands over the past 25 years. The event served as a moment of reflection, celebration, and gratitude for the shared journey in promoting academic excellence and cultural exchange. More info about Nuffic Southeast Asia.
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