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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 12:51
Record-breaking 90,000 foreign students enroll in Dutch universities
A record number of 90 thousand foreign students are enrolled in Dutch universities this year, making up more than 10 percent of all students. 23 thousand of these foreign students are from countries outside of Europe. This is according to figures released by EP Nuffic, the expertise and service center for the internationalization of Dutch education. According to EP Nuffic, international students increasingly opt for studying in the Netherlands because of the high level of education, the wide range of English language courses and open society the country has to offer. EP Nuffic Chairman Freddy Weima points out that the large number of foreign students also holds a number of advantages for the Netherlands. "The 90 thousand international students provide an international classroom in our higher education. They are also good for economy if the remain attached to the Netherlands. And they often appear to be ideal ambassadors for our country after their studies." Most of the foreign students come from Germany - more than 24 thousand. China is on second place with 6,600 students enrolled in Dutch universities and Belgium comes in third with about 3 thousand students.