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The Netherlands’ rise to prominence as the world’s leading trading power in the seventeenth century was made possible by its strategic location at the intersection of long-established European trading routes, and its outstanding connections via its extensive network of rivers and canals. Amsterdam became an entrepôt for goods from the whole world. Even today the Netherlands is known as the Gateway to Europe.
Amsterdam’s significance as a port has long since been eclipsed by Rotterdam, which is much more practically positioned for trade with Germany. The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest and the World’s number three.
Over the centuries the Netherlands has played a leading role in shipping, shipbuilding and overseas trade. This knowledge is of course still available today, amongst others through the two world renowned and oldest maritime institutes “Willem Barentsz” (since 1875) and “De Ruyter” (since 1903).
These two institutes are now partnering with the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) to offer world class maritime education in Malaysia, delivering programmes from diploma level to postgraduates that will lead to employment opportunities in Port & Shipping Management, Maritime Law, Maritime Transportation Management, Maritime Safety, Security and Environment Management and Oil & Gas.
Besides these two institutes, NMIT also works actively with its other partners from around the Netherlands such as NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, Dutch Offshore Academy and Dutch Energy College. Through these strategic collaborations which entails significant credit transfer and exemption, NMIT diploma graduates are able to obtain Dutch degree qualifications at a fraction of time and cost as they only need to study another 1 year in the Netherlands after spending 2.5 years in Malaysia for their diploma.
I am convinced that NMIT can become a “Regional Centre of Excellence” not only for Malaysian students, but also for students from other South East Asian countries interested in a maritime career.
Former Deputy Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia