Holland Alumni Conference in Manila Philippines, 24-25 June 2014

Jul 04,2014


1st Holland Alumni conference in the region, organized by Nuffic The Hague in cooperation with NESO Thailand, Indonesia and India and Netherlands Alumni Association Philippines, financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Holland alumni from 7 different countries (Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia) were selected to join the conference. For Thailand due to a limited time frame we have decided to give the priority to NAAT Board members and SIH Ambassadors to participate this time.

This conference was divided into 2 different programmes, on the 1st day the invitees were board member of the Netherlands alumni associations, NESO Alumni officer and NFP officer at Embassies from respective countries, mainly to share our best practices and difficulties which the Netherlands alumni associations have experienced in order to help Holland alumni from Myanmar finding their way to set up the association in Yangon and for all associations to learn good tips from each other. The day was opened by Mr. Chris, head of NFP department, Nuffic The Hague, followed by HAN presentation by Noor Groenendijk, and presentation on keeping your alumni network engaged by AO from NESO India, Thailand and Indonesia. During the workshop in the afternoon the floor was given to Holland alumni from Myanmar to join different groups to share their views and to gain experiences from others, as well as to see discuss the possibility to get a financial support from Nuffic to start up the association.

On 2nd day the room has filled with more than 100 participations. Mr. Hero E.G. de Boer, the Netherlands Ambassador to Philippines opened the session with his cheerful words stated that all Holland alumni are an Ambassador to the Netherlands. He has encouraged all alumni to realize how important they are, followed by a presentation on NFP and NFP alumni activities by Ms. Mariska Vermeer and a presentation on HAN in general by Noor Groenendijk.  Afternoon session was leaded by a professional company in Manila, we called this an ice breaking and networking session when everyone has learned about the differences in the culture of each country. It was an effective way of starting a networking session, it helped people get to know each other and buy into the purpose of the event, everyone has become more engaged and contributed more effectively during the whole afternoon. NFP officer from the Netherlands Embassy Thailand had a separate talk with alumni from Myanmar and also Cambodia discussed about starting up Holland alumni association in their country, the following up to be done.

This was a successful event and definitely was a great start for organizing Holland alumni conference outside the Netherlands. Furthermore NFP department at Nuffic has realized that a good cooperation with NESO is also one of key to success in term of Holland Alumni Network.

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