Signing ceremony

On 12 May, VU Vice Chancellor Professor Lex Bouter and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Bert Koenders, signed the Declaration of Intent at Stellenbosch University (SUN), with which VU Univerity Amsterdam has enjoyed good relations for a long time.

The declaration of intent covers a three-part programme aimed at skills development and is intended for South African Master’s and PhD students. The programme will enable Master’s and PhD students to:

  • take subjects at universities in the Netherlands in the field of Water and Water Management, Agriculture, Transport and Logistics, Tourism, and Finance and Accounting;
  • learn how to write a good-quality research proposal. This will enhance their chances of successfully completing their PhDs;
  • for academic staff members who have not obtained their Master’s, finance will be made available to help them do so in the Netherlands. In addition, their replacements will be financed during the time that they are in the Netherlands.