Conference EMN Netherlands | The future of the Netherlands and Europe in the battle for talent

Organised by EMN Netherlands

14 November 2019, 12.00 - 17.30h

Europe House (Huis van Europa), Korte Vijverberg 5/6

The Hague, the Netherlands

This year the Netherlands National EMN Conference is devoted to the future of the Netherlandsand Europe in the ‘battle for talent’. The aim of the conference is to provide a comparative overview of policies on attracting and retaining international students. Experts from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Sweden will provide insights into how their national policies are organised and highlight key issues they face in the practical implemention of their international students policy. During the conference special attention will be paid to (inter)national challenges that the Netherlands and Europe face over the upcoming years, such as Brexit.

The conference will combine the national perspective of the Netherlands and the perspective of other Member States. What measures have the Netherlands and other Member States put in place for the attraction and retention of international students? And, when comparing these measures, what lessons can be learned? What will the future look like? Will the Netherlands and Europe continue to be able to attract international students from all over the world?


  • To register for the EMN Conference 2019, please send an e-mail to, stating (a) your name and (b) your organization. You will receive a confirmation as soon as possible after we received your e-mail. The final deadline for registration is the 1st of November.

Other information

  • The entire EMN Conference 2019 will be held in English.
  • Please bring a passport or ID to the Europe House for the EMN Conference.
  • You will receive a badge, program booklet and additional information at the EMN Conference.

Draft programme

11.30-12.00 | Registration

12.00-12.45 | Lunch

12.45-12.50 | Welcome

  • Conference Chair
  • Danny de Paepe (Acting Head of the Liason Office of the European Parliament)

12.50-13.00 | Opening address

  • Aly van Berckel (General Director of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service)

13.00-13.30 | Presentation Dutch Benchmark and European Synthesis Report 'Attracting and retaining international students in the Netherlands'

  • Hanna van der Linden and Maren Stegink (Researchers, EMN Netherlands, Immigration and Naturalisation Service)
  • Questions & discussion

13.30-14.45 | Panel I: Policies and practices in Europe: case studies of France, Germany and Sweden

  • Janne Grote (Researcher and Policy Analyst, EMN Germany, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees)
  • Marie Bengtsson (Coordinator, EMN Sweden, Swedish Migration Agency)
  • Representative from Campus France (name TBC)

14.45-15.15 | Coffee break

15.15-15.45 | Interview sessions with international students and alumni

  • Interviewer: Hans Lemmens (EMN Netherlands, Coordinator / Immigration and Naturalisation Service)

15.45-16.40 | Panel II: (Inter)national challenges and the battle for talent: will the Netherlands and Europe still be a destination where third country nationals want to study in the future?

  • Han Dommers (Manager Student Mobility, Nuffic)
  • Tesseltje de Lange (Professor of European Migration Law, Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Helene Calers (Policy Officer, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission)
  • Liefke Reitsma (Policy Officer, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

16.40-16.45 | Closing remarks

16.45-17.30 | Networking and drinks

Welkomstceremonie internationale studenten Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) | Foto: Peter van der Sijde | RUG, 2015
Welkomstceremonie internationale studenten Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) | Foto: Peter van der Sijde | RUG, 2015