From 1 June, Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office in South Africa will be led by Huba Boshoff. She will replace Mervin Bakker who will be heading the International Strategy & Relations department at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Huba is a very experienced international education professional and has been with Nuffic for two years as Development & Partnership Manager focusing on the Southern Africa region. Before that she has worked in various international roles at Stellenbosch University including manager of international partnerships. “ I am excited about taking on this role. Building on a strong platform of collaboration, I look forward to cocreate further opportunities for education and research between South Africa and the Netherlands and in so doing also contribute to knowledge exchange on the African continent.”
Upon his departure Mervin stated: “It is a strange time to say good bye, because I am not able to meet the stakeholders and friends of Nuffic Neso South Africa in person to express my gratitude for the excellent collaboration over the past years. With Huba in charge, I am sure the very good collaboration will continue. With her experience, network and personality, she is the best successor I could wish for. For sure, also in my new role, I will remain an ambassador of the collaboration with South Africa”.
About Nuffic Neso South Africa
Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office South Africa is a representative office of Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. We are a non-profit foundation largely funded by the Dutch government. Nuffic Neso South Africa supports and represents Dutch education institutions in South Africa and the wider region. We connect Southern African and Dutch pupils, students and researchers from schools, colleges and universities with each other and with business/government. Our main activities are:
• Positioning Dutch higher education in close collaboration with South Africa/SADC region
• Capacity development in education
• Providing information for Southern African students on study and funding opportunities in the Netherlands
• Providing information on study programmes and internship places for Dutch students in South Africa
• Engage with the Holland Alumni network regionally