On behalf of the government of the Netherlands, the Dutch Embassy has launched a scholarship program to celebrate the country’s 70 years of liberation and honour the sacrifices Canadian soldiers made during WWII. Thanks to this program, 70 Canadian students will receive grants to study at a Dutch university or college.
Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, announced the Liberation Scholarships program in Waterloo on May 28, during her visit to Canada with the Royal heads of state, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
The Dutch higher education mission, led by Bussemaker, seeks to strengthen the ties between Canadian and Dutch higher education institutions. The scholarship program aims to make this goal possible, and is supported financially by the Dutch government, Dutch academic institutions and a select group of Dutch and Dutch-Canadian companies.
Dr. Andrea Baumann, Associate V-P Global Health, who attended the state visit in Waterloo, along with McMaster President Patrick Deane, said: “The scholarships are good news for our graduate program, while the Dutch higher education mission overall is confirmation that we are doing important work and continuing to lead the way with the joint McMaster/Maastricht Global Health program.”