Platform for International Education


PIE proudly presents examples of very successful capacity building projects with partnerships of Dutch higher education institutes and partners from the Global South.

Profession Oriented Eduction in Vietnam

In Vietnam a NICHE project  university empowerment and incentives for self-sustaining expansion of Profession Oriented Higher Education Teaching (POHE) has been initiated by Saxion University of Applied Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, MDF Training & Consultancy with Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. The Vietnamese Ministry of Education (MOET) has recognized the position of POHE teaching in the higher education system and recorded a decree. A system of decentral and autonomous certification of POHE teaching is being established by MOET with technical support form the project. Read more

Horticulture training Centre in Egypt

Between 2011 and 2016, hundreds of Egyptian farmers have been succesfully trained in horticulture at two locations in Egypt. The courses were mainly focused on improving the quality of products, water management and the position of women in the Egyptian horticultural chain. "We are confident that the Egyptian trainers we have trained over het last few years have got what it takes to continue the practical training centre. They are motivated and are already raising new funds to finance their activities. The Egyptians must do it themselves", according to Henk Verwey (PTC+). Read more

Capacity development & establishment of water institute in Benin

The Governement of Benin together with the national university, Universite Abomey Calavi, has taken the initiative to start a new National Water Institute (INE) as the country's central knowledge institute for water research and education. To further support Benin in addressing its water challenges, a project within the Dutch NICHE programme was established. This project was developed with the aim of supporting the development of the new water institute, which will broadly enable Benin to be better placed to manage its future water challenges. Read more

Improvement of higher education in water management in view of climate change in Vietnam

This capacity building programme has contributed to societal challenges in Vietnam around climate change resilience, created opportunities for Vietnamese and foreign SME's, introduced new innovations in water management and the set-up of a new start up company, a joint venture between Vietnamese and Dutch higher education institutions.


MBA Agribusiness Ethiopia

This multi-year project with Jimma University in Ethiopia aims at setting an Executive MBA Agribusiness in the market. This program is the first of its kind in Ethiopia. Partners in this project are Maastricht School of Management (MSM), Wageningen University, Stellenbosch University and Q-Point BV. The project has the broader ambition to achieve increased food security and agricultural growth in Ethiopia, create better access for Ethiopians to more and more nutritious food, and contribute to increased trade relations between Ethiopia and the Netherlands. Read more

Female Talent Development Toolbox Ethiopia

The Ethiopia Education Strategy Centre (ESC) and Maastricht School of Management (MSM) have launched an online Female Talent Development Toolbox in support of increasing the number and strengthening the position of women in academic and leadership positions at higher education institutions in Ethiopia. Read more


Strengthening Indonesian Agribusiness

A conference marked the closure of a five year project on increasing performance of the agribusiness education and training in Indonesia. The Bogor Agricultural University together with MSM and the Indonesian Agribusiness Association organized the international conference "Strengthening Indonesian Agribusiness: Rural Development and Global Market Linkages" in April 2016. Among others MSM contributed to the establishment of a national Agribusiness Association functioning as a knowledge-sharing platform between academica, government and businesses. By the end of 2015, more than 400 lecturers and researchers were member, 13 entrepreneurs, 9 companies and 85-agribusiness study programs. Read more

Mainstreaming social component into Justice, Law & Order Sector in Uganda

The Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development (NTISD) Uganda, and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University developed together a modular-structured Post Graduate Diploma program in Social Justice, that is unique in Africa. During the project, funded by Nuffic/NICHE, 270 students were trained in this program and more are enrolled for the next rounds. The capacity of NTISD staff involved in education has increased, and significant numbers of faculty and support staff, of either gender, have received specialized training (in pedagogy, academic writing, project finance etc.). An important indirect result of the project is that from 2014 onwards, NTISD is funded through the government payroll. This makes the Institute more viable, and by consequence, its prospects for collaborative teaching and research have enhanced. Read more

Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania

KIT has been supporting the Ifakara Helath Institute (IHI) to make better use of their database and develop relevant research to improve their course offering. This will position IHI as a powerful leader in public health in Tanzania. The project resulted in improvement of institutional capacity, in terms of leadership and managment, and IHI staff have improved their data handling and analysis skills. The addition of 4 PhD students has increased the institution's research capacity and IHI now has a curriculum for a Masters in Public Health Research. These changes improve IHI's ability to understand and implement complex health programmes, and to evaluate the system's performance. This makes IHI a strong leader and important resource for public health in Tanzania. Read more

Impact of Master of Public Health programs across six countries

The human resources for health crisis has highlighted the need for high-level public health education to add specific capacities tothe workforce. Recently, it was questioned whether Master of Public Health (MPH) training prepared graduates with competencies relevant to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study aims to examine the influence fo the MPH programs geared towards LMICs offered in Vietnam, China, South Africa, Mexico, Sudan and the Netherlands on graduates' careers, application of acquired competencies, performance at the workplace, and their professional contribution to society. Read more: Outcome & impact of MPH programs across six countries: education for change. Impact of MPH programs: contributing to health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries?

Strengthening the Kitabi College of Conservation and environmental management in Rwanda

Wageningen University Centre for Development Innovation, in consortium with the South African Wildlife College and Cameroon’s Ecole de Faune, have been working together with the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) in Rwanda. Cora van Oosten, project coordinator on behalf of the consortium, says: “Our aim was to transfer our collective knowledge and experience to KCCEM, a new College which is rapidly growing. Together, we developed an approach of ‘learning-by-doing’, through adaptive planning and continuous reflection. The major outputs of our projects are a solid business model allowing KCCEM to operate economically viable by generating its own income.." Read more