The Netherlands government has earmarked Euro 11 million for capacity building in Bangladesh for scholarships and other capacity building assistances during the next five years (2018-2022).
Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, confirmed this to Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal who met Victor Rutgers, Manager for Global Development of Nuffic at its head office in The Hague on Saturday.Earlier, the Netherlands government reassured Bangladesh of its inclusion into their priority list from among the countries earmarked for significant capacity building assistance.
The existing academic collaboration between Bangladesh and the Netherlands is set to get a boost and diversified following some changes in the Nuffic’s new programme.
Nuffic is the Dutch government agency responsible for internationalisation of education through scholarships, trainings in the Netherlands and capacity development projects in the recipient countries.
Victor Rutgers also confirmed that Bangladesh shall remain a priority country in their global engagements with 50 countries, Bangladesh mission in The Hague said.
After a yearlong review of their existing programmes for scholarships and capacity building assistances, the Nuffic has brought major changes in the global programmes as they have unveiled the new programme termed “Orange Knowledge Programme” (OKP).
The OKP is the successor to the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE).The OKP merged the two preceding programmes into single integrated approach with the addition of new elements, including increased involvement of alumni, attention to cooperation between knowledge organisations and communication focusing on the presentation of results.
The main objective of the new programme is to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development through the strengthening of organisations, key to sectoral development in OKP partner countries.
At the meeting, Ambassador Belal sought sustained Dutch knowledge and expertise-based support for Bangladesh’s institutional capacity building and human resources development for the implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.