This year’s participants presented their research findings at the 2014 NAHSS closing ceremony.
The NAHSS 2014 has officially come to an end. After a six-month period of preparation, literature research, interviews, and company visits in both the Netherlands and Asia the participants have presented their findings on different sub themes of urbanisation. The findings resulted in great insights for the NAHSS partners and a stunning article in the Dutch Financial Times.
On Friday the 26th of September, all participants presented their findings at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the NAHSS partners, both private and public institutions. Secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Renée Jones-Bos, also member of the NAHSS supervisory board, opened the event. Afterwards, the closing ceremony moved to the Chinese Embassy in The Hague, where both the Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim Mr. Lui Chun and chair of the NAHSS Marjan Oudeman spoke a word of thanks.
This year another 100 participants have gained experience in Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai, of which the locations Shanghai and Beijing were added to the 2014 program. Next to that, the number of participants has increased from 75 to 100 this year. Even though this year’s program was extended in both number of participants and locations, it has again proven to be successful. All participants have experienced Asia and encountered both the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Asia. All students have participated in an academic program and a research project, visited many Dutch and Chinese companies, and experienced the culture by several cultural activities. Just like the previous editions, the NAHSS 2014 program in Asia ended after a successful business week of ten days in Shanghai, where all participants came together to experience Asian business life and learn about the challenges that Dutch companies encounter in Asia. Many of the students said that they developed themselves on many different aspects. This summer in Asia has changed their perspective on Asia and broadened their view towards Asia and the importance of it. They have become aware of all the great opportunities this continent has to offer and might even consider a career in Asia.
For the third year in a row the NAHSS has been a great success. Another 100 students have gained experience in Asia due to this initiative. The NAHSS alumni-network now counts 205 students who got the opportunity to experience Asia in many aspects, thanks to the unique character of the NAHSS. Hopefully the next, and fourth, edition of the program will again be successful in offering excellent students this great opportunity!
For an impression of the closing ceremony click here.