Strategic cooperation and Europe


It is vitally important to have high-quality international partnerships and networks in the field of research and teaching. The Netherlands benefits from consolidating and diversifying its networks. This doesn’t simply happen by itself, but is the return on many years of investment in international networks, designed to build mutual trust as the basis for cooperation. The Dutch knowledge institutions are attractive partners because they span the full spectrum of knowledge areas.

Europe is becoming increasingly important for higher education and research, as demonstrated by the further implementation of the European Higher Education Area (Bologna) and European Research Area. European programmes (e.g. Erasmus+ and Horizon2020) provide a growing number of tools for entering into cooperation arrangements, facilitating exchanges (students and staff) and making targeted investments in knowledge expansion and economic growth. They also need to facilitate the work of graduates in the European labour market. All of this has implications for the movement of talent.

Horizon 2020

The new research program of the European Union is called Horizon 2020. The program is aimed at encouraging innovation and ensuring the competitiveness of Europe.

Horizon 2020


European Research area

The European Research Area (ERA) is the term used for EU research policy, research programs, and research and development in Europe.

European Research Area


Widening participation

Widening participation is an important part of Horizon2020 in order to facilitate the participation of new EU member states to Horizon 2020. Widening participation


Global development

In order to realise sustainable strategic partnerships for the Netherlands, universities want to work on developing a future strategic agenda for grants and capacity development.

Global development


European Union (EU)

European programs and policies are of growing importance for the Dutch research universities.