Housed in the Auditorium of YSU, about 200 participants avidly listened to a presentation and joined a discussion with Nufffic Neso (Netherlands Education Support Office), which is the official representative of the Directorate of Education of the Netherlands that focuses on higher education. This institution is in charge of promoting and providing information on international study programs in the Netherlands. The presentation was delivered by Ms. Kustin on Friday (18/9/2015) for about 45 minutes, and continued with a question and answer session.
On the agenda, the discussion is mainly about higher education system in the Netherlands. Then, some flagship courses in Netherlands were also promoted, such as water management, security, logistics, law & holti-agriculture, and medicine.
Of all the information provided, information on scholarship programs drew much attention of participants. "For scholarships, Netherlands government offers both full and partial scholarships” Kusti said.
She then mentioned some types of full scholarship program, among them are StuNed (Studeren in Nederland) which is specifically given to Indonesian students, and Netherland Fellowship Program (NFP) for approximately 51 nations, preferebly African countries. While for partial scholarships, they offer Orange Tulip Scholarship, which is available for students of Master's degree, PhD program, or short course.
In the second session, the event continued with the promotion and presentation of Michigan State University and Indiana University. A representative from Michigan State University, Julie Sinclair, stated "In America, especially my university, it's common to step directly, from bachelor's degree to PhD without taking Master's degree”.
Meanwhile, Daniel Whitmer from Indiana University confirmed that the university puts more concern on arts or non-technical subjects, such as Computer Science/Informatics, Law, etc. He also asserted the applicants must properly prepare the required documents if they want to enroll in an overseas university, particularly in the United State. One of the important documents that must be submitted is a language proficiency certificate, namely the TOEFL or IELTS certificate. (Wulan)