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This April we celebrated seven decades of international knowledge cooperation, a joyous occasion that called for an event where we reflect on the impact we have made and the challenges that the world faces present day. Together with our national and international partners,- we created an unforgettable symposium “Shaping Futures’. We hope you had a good time, just like we had. We look back on a day full of inspiring speakers, new insights and warm encounters.

Since our inception in 1952, our work is centred around international knowledge exchange by strengthening education systems and investing in empowerment of people across the world. During our symposium, we looked back on the journey so far and share experiences of our many companions who have joined our efforts in the past years.

Participants were welcome to engage in conversations on the role of the Netherlands and our international partners with respect to knowledge cooperation for development.

Our symposium commenced with a reflection on Nuffic’s global development initiatives. Followed by a series of digital roundtables where leading experts were sharing their views on international knowledge cooperation through the lens of policy, shared experiences and building bridges. Presenter Marijke Roskam guided us through the conversations. The themes were deepened during digital break-out sessions, showcasing what we have jointly achieved in the past decades. Offline participants got to engage in table discussions on the same topics, exchanging and learning on the spot. During these interactive sessions Nuffic Alumni, as ‘change agents’ and leaders of the future, together with our Dutch and international partners have discussed inspiring projects and initiatives, and exchanged on the impact they achieved on individual, institutional and organisational levels.

Programme

10.00 General opening Talkshow, hosted by Marijke Roskam
Titia Bredée, director general Nuffic
Pascalle Grotenhuis (director social development and ambassador for Gender Equality, Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Talkshow with special guests, among others
Dr. Anika Altaf (Director Include Knowledge Platform)
Ezinne Aninwe (Nuffic Alumna – international institute of social studies)
Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole (Secretary general Association of African Universities)
Daniela van den Brink (Student Leiden University College)
Joseph Cedrick Nsengiyumva (Chief financial officer Rwanda Development Board)
Myrtille Danse (Executive director Netherlands Food Partnership)
Dr. Dhiah el Diehn Abou-Tair (EDU-Syria project manager)
Lucas Dols (Founder Sounds of Change)
Louise Kallora-Stimpson (Deputy Head EU Office - British Council)
Alexander Knoth (Chief Digital Officer and Head of Section Digitalisation DAAD)
Pim Korsten (Researcher and Strategist FreedomLab)
Dr. Florence Mayega Nakayiwa (Deputy executive secretary RUFORUM)
Dr. Sylvanus Mensah (Technical Specialist for TVET and Undergraduate Training)
Manal Moussane (United Nations Youth Representative)
Alina Müller (Student Leiden University College)
Chris de Nie (Senior advisor food security Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Albert Nsengiyumva (Executive secretary Assocation for the Development of Education in Africa)
Oluwaseun Okunuga (OKP scholar KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
Yannick du Pont (founder SPARK)
Lindy van Vliet (Head of Knowledge KIT)
Rob de Wijk (Founder The Hague Center for Strategic Studies)
African Studies Centre Leiden (Student representatives)

Musical support by Dutch Conservatorium.

11.10 Short break
11.30 Break out sessions (online) and table discussions

The online break out sessions are 45 minute workshops and interactive discussions co-created between Nuffic and our partners from the past and present. You can expect in-depth conversations, case-studies and lively discussions.


The offline table discussions are for the participants attending the live event.
12.15 Short break
12.20 Break out sessions round 2 (online)
13:05
The end of the online Symposium


Plenary talkshow

POPULAIR

Plenary talkshow

donderdag 21 april
10:00 - 11:10 uur

Breakout sessions

Youth & employability: 21st century skills and decent work Round 2

Hans Nijhoff (Maastricht School of Management) e.a.

Gender & Inclusion: Inclusive development: challenges and opportunities Round 2

Hadewijch Klaassen (MDF Training & Consultancy) e.a.

POPULAIR

Youth & employability: 21st century skills and decent work Round 1

Hans Nijhoff (Maastricht School of Management) e.a.

POPULAIR

Digitalisation: Bridging the digital divide in education

Liz Dempsey

Food & Nutrition Security: Local needs and global insights Round 1

Engelie Beenen (HollandDoor) e.a.

Climate: Catalysts for change Round 1

Frank van Weert (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation) e.a.

Climate: Catalysts for change Round 2

Frank van Weert (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation) e.a.

POPULAIR

Partnerships: Linking continents and minds

Almira Atika (The World Bank, Indonesia) e.a.

Food & Nutrition Security: Local needs and global insights Round 2

Engelie Beenen (HollandDoor) e.a.

POPULAIR

Gender & Inclusion: Inclusive development: challenges and opportunities Round 1

Hadewijch Klaassen (MDF Training & Consultancy) e.a.

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