The main aim of this event was to stimulate international cooperation between the participating institutions. It was attended by 8 Dutch universities and 19 Spanish universities, including the URV. The URV’s subsequent participation in the EAIE conference, also attended by several of these Dutch universities, enabled this collaborative work to continue
On 27 June, the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE) and its Dutch counterpart, NUFFIC, held the Meeting between Spanish and Dutch higher education institutions in the Ciudad Financiera del Santander in Madrid.
The event was inaugurated by the Dutch ambassador Matthijs van Bonzel; the director of SEPIE Pablo Martín; the head of the Dutch department for promoting education, Han Dommers and the vice-president of Banco Santander, director of international relations and head of marketing, expansion and social impact for the Santander Universities.
Eight Dutch universities attended the event, most of which sent representatives from their respective international relations offices. The Dutch universities were: NHL University of Applied Sciences, Fontys International Business School; Hogeschool Inholland Rotterdam, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen; Avans, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and University of Twente.
There were also representatives from 19 Spanish universities, including the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
During the meeting each university was given the chance to introduce itself and there was a short presentation by Teresa Udaondo (SEPIE) on the Spanish higher education system for the benefit of the Dutch representatives. During his presentation, Han Dommers (NUFFIC) discussed the various possible ways in which the Dutch educational systems engages in international cooperation.
During the second part of the meeting, the organisers held a Speed Networking/Matchmaking activity which enabled the representatives to have quick meetings, with the aim of exploring possible forms of collaboration between their respective institutions.