Continuation of Neso South Africa
In 2015, EP-Nuffic launched a pilot to establish a Netherlands Education Support Office (Neso) in South Africa. This pilot phase will soon be completed. There are various opportunities to intensify collaboration with South Africa and other countries in the region. This is why EP-Nuffic believes there is every reason to prolong the Neso South Africa pilot in 2017.
The opportunities are particularly in the fields of capacity development, mutual student mobility, attracting doctoral candidates, applied research in conjunction with the business community (the ‘Living Labs’) and strengthening the local Holland Alumni network. These opportunities are not restricted to higher education, but can also be found in vocational education and training.
Provisional Ambitions Strategy
The opportunities and ambitions concerning Neso South Africa will be laid down in a Provisional Ambitions Strategy for Neso South Africa. Over the next few months, EP-Nuffic will use this document to consult a range of stakeholders from South Africa and the Netherlands. These consultations will serve as the basis for mapping out the future of this Neso office.
Neso management in 2017
At the end of 2016, Chief Representative Officer Samia Chasi will leave Neso South Africa. Between 1 January 2017 and 1 July 2017, she will be replaced temporarily by Noor Groenendijk who currently serves as a project leader at the EP-Nuffic Education Promotion department in The Hague. In that role, she is closely involved in the Holland Alumni Programme and the development of thematic alumni networks. The decision on who will lead the Neso after 1 July 2017 will be made in the months ahead.