Twenty-six talented Chinese students travelled to the Netherlands in late February to pay a personal visit to Dutch research institutions that have openings for PhD candidates.
Those who are selected will have an opportunity to do their doctoral research at one of twenty leading universities and research institutes.
The matchmaking project is part of the Talent and Training China-Netherlands (T&T) Programme, set up within the framework of the Dutch Innovation Platform’s “1000 PhDs” initiative. The candidates ultimately selected will begin their PhD programme in September. The China Scholarship Council (CSC) will be making scholarships available for the programme.
The Innovation Platform decided in 2009 to launch a two-year pilot programme with China, a country that has developed into a leading centre of science and scholarship in recent years. China produces more than four million university graduates a year, and half of these have degrees in science and technology. Many of them are eager to continue their studies and research in the West. The Netherlands is an excellent place in which to conduct doctoral research, a fact that is not well enough known, even though Dutch research gets top marks for quality in the international rankings.