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Netherlands Ambassador

harry-molenaarMalaysia and the Netherlands have long-standing excellent bilateral relations. Both countries are also major trading partners. Close to a third of Malaysian exports to the EU enters Europe via the Netherlands. For palm oil exports this figure reaches roughly two thirds. This makes the Netherlands Malaysia’s second largest trading partner among the countries of the European Union. The Netherlands has during the last few decades constantly been in the top ten of countries providing foreign direct investment in Malaysia.

The system of higher education in the Netherlands enjoys a worldwide reputation for high quality. Experience shows that people who have studied at a Dutch higher education institution perform very well in other parts of the world. This quality is achieved through a national system of regulation and quality assurance. The Netherlands was the first non-English-speaking country to offer courses taught in English. The Dutch higher education institutions together offer 1,560 international study programmes and courses; 1,543 of which are taught entirely in English. This makes the Netherlands the front-runner in continental Europe.

I am therefore delighted that the Dutch Maritime Institutes Willem Barentsz and De Ruyter are involved in the Malaysian/Dutch private education institution Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) offering world class maritime education in Malaysia at its City Campus and EduCity@Iskandar Campus in Johor Darul Takzim. I am convinced that Malaysian students will find the programmes very gratifying and an important basis for a successful career. 


Mr. Harry Molenaar

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia