Dutch Universities are working hard in order to attract students from India and Indonesia, the higher education sector is promoting the universities in both countries.
The universities know that over the next 10 years, the population of the Indian middle class is expected to reach 550 million, making it larger than the total European population. During this time, they also expected the demand for high-quality higher education will grow by 18% to 30% of the middle class popularity by 2025.
A similar trend is evident in Indonesia where more than 15,000 Indonesian students attended various event across Indonesia promoting studying abroad at Dutch institutions.
"Numerous studies have suggested the number of Indian students studying abroad will grow by 256% over the next 10 years," says spokesperson for Nuffic, the Dutch organisation that encourages and support international cooperation in higher education.
"Economic growth in Indonesia is also encouraging recruitment abroad for Indonesian students wishing to attain a post-secondary education. Because of this increasing demand, Dutch higher education institutions have become more and more interested in attracting students from these countries," Nuffic added.
Nuffic plans to open fully 'Netherlands education support office', known as Neso, in India by 2014. Nuffic's network of Nesos operators in locations strategically important for Dutch higher education and at present there are two Nuffic Neso desks in India that are helping to attract Indian students to study in Holland.
One office is located in Chennai and another in Ahmedabad. Because of there success, the orgainsation has decided to expand its efforts do the new Nuffic office will be located in Bangalore, the center of research and development in higher education in India.