An international flavour was recently created at a Horsham college.
Collyer’s hosted a “Study in the Netherlands Event”, with speakers including co-ordinator Kim Zwiterserloot (University College Utrecht), Mann Leo (University College Roosevelt), Suzanne Bosman (Erasmus University), Carolyn Barr (Leiden University); Ricardo Abbas (University of Groningen), Anne Kuijs (Tilburg University) and Claudia Spierings (Maastricht University).
Many Collyer’s students had already expressed an interest in studying abroad and were pleased to be given the opportunity to ask questions of the expert speakers, who were on hand to explain the structure and nature of a variety of courses.
Ian McAlister, senior tutor with responsibility for the progression directorate at Collyer’s said: “Dutch Universities offer a very real opportunity to study at an international level and it was great to see such enthusiasm both from our speakers and our students.
“Kim Zwitserloot and her team represent some exceptional educational establishments and presented superbly to a packed audience on the virtues of ‘Going Dutch’!”
Along with a multi-cultural perspective, the universities offer a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications, taught and examined in English. For many students the possibility of completing their higher education journey in one of many locations or universities seemed a very real and achievable dream.
Kim Zwitserloot was delighted: “Collyer’s is a highly respected and very well-known educational institution and it has been a real pleasure and an honour to visit. We are very encouraged by the enthusiasm of the students and the genuine depth and range of their questions. There was a real buzz in the air, and you could tell that they were genuinely interested in the prospect of study in a new environment.”
Ian McAlister added: “As the majority of our students progress into Higher Education, we have found that strong results affords them a wide choice. We have also noticed that our students are becoming much more selective about those choices and it is therefore important to make them aware of new opportunities and avenues to consider. Studying in the Netherlands is certainly financially viable and socially and intellectually challenging and may well suit a good number of our students.”
Vice Principal Melanie Russell added: “Our thanks go to Kim and the team of speakers for their entertaining delivery and for taking time out to deal with an avalanche of probing questions from our students. Their warm, friendly approach and professionalism is hugely appreciated by us all at Collyer’s.”
Contributed by the College of Richard Collyer
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