New Holland Scholarship Australia
The Dutch consulate in Sydney has taken the initiative for a credit mobility scholarship programme, the New Holland Scholarship – Australia (NHS-Australia). It is a one-off programme, to commemorate a historic moment in time.
In 2016 we celebrate the first recorded European landing on Western Australian soil by the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog 400 years ago. The NHS-Australia can therefore be placed in a historical context, owing its name to how the Europeans used to refer to the continent of Australia: New Holland.
The NHS-Australia aims to increase the academic cooperation between Australia and the Netherlands. One of the main pillars of the programme is to stimulate new bilateral partnerships and deepen existing ones between Australian and Dutch universities.
In Australia, the main objective is to publicize to the target audience that besides the high level education that Dutch universities offer, the Netherlands is also home to the largest amount of English taught academic degrees from all countries on the main land of Europe.
In the Netherlands we would like to publicize that the high level of Australian education offers plenty of well-funded research opportunities, in a spectacular native-English speaking country.
All the more reason to aim at increasing the number of bilateral agreements between outstanding Australian and Dutch universities, as 2016 also gives us a great opportunity to do so.