Further attracting business through education

Amsterdam’s attractiveness for businesses and startups speaks for itself; the capital's digital infrastructure is unparalleled, its talent pool is packed full of technical, ICT and creative knowledge, and the city is incredibly well-connected to Europe and the rest of the globe. So it should come as no surprise that the number of international schools has risen by 47 percent in the last five years.

Unsurprisingly, this spike has resulted in some pretty long waiting times. Luckily, Netherlanders are a resourceful bunch, so in a bid to help maintain the country's already amazing business climate, the Dutch cabinet – as well as the Amsterdam and The Hague regions – have injected a one-off cash infusion of €10.7 million into international schools in the Netherlands.

Expansion of five Amsterdam schools

The money will go to five schools in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and two in The Hague. For most of the schools, the extra placements will become available from August. The chosen institutions have not yet been announced, but two obvious choices include the British School of Amsterdam and Amstelveen's International School of Amsterdam.

To give a bit of perspective, there are currently 19,000 students enrolled in an international school programme in the Netherlands, so this new funding will increase countrywide capacity by over 6%. Naturally, waiting times will be significantly reduced in the Amsterdam area. 

Brexit to increase demand

It doesn’t end there, though: during the fallout of Brexit, lawmakers are expecting even more companies to set up shop in the country; it's already been reported that Amsterdam is in talks with many London-based financial firms about their imminent relocation.

As part of its Delta Plan for International Education, the City of Amsterdam aims to have a further 3,000 international school placements by 2020. “Good international education is an important factor for international businesses to base themselves here,” said Henk Kamp, the Dutch minister for economic affairs, in an interview with Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool (Dutch link).