Netherlands Alumni Association of Zimbabwe

Alumni association for all Zimbabwean students who studied in the Netherlands Our strategic goal is to support our alumni better by providing information, networking and mutual support between members and greater advocacy and interventions on their behalf to allow the potential contribution of our hundreds of alumni to help improve the economic climate, business sector and development processes in Zimbabwe.

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Peter Ndlovu promises President Mugabe his national team shirt 29/06/2017

Peter Ndlovu promises President Mugabe his national team shirt

Peter Ndlovu promises President Mugabe his national team shirt Former Zimbabwe footballer Peter Ndlovu says he would be prepared to gift his national shirt to President Robert Mugabe.

Photos from Netherlands Alumni Association of Zimbabwe's post 01/05/2016

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25/03/2016

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff dies

Johan Cruyff © Getty Images

Thu, 24 Mar | 14:46

Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers of all time who dazzled with his artistry and won nearly every honour as a player and coach, died on Thursday at the age of 68 after losing a battle with lung cancer.

Tributes poured in from around the world after Cruyff's family broke the news. Some of the sport's legends said the Dutchman – who epitomised the all-out attack Total Football system – was the best-ever.

Cruyff "died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer", said a statement on Cruyff's official website.

"It's with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Cruyff won three European Cups as a player with Ajax Amsterdam and Ballon d'Or titles in 1971 with Ajax and 1973 and 1974 with Barcelona, where he starred from 1973 to 1978.

As a coach, Cruyff led Barcelona to their first European Cup title in 1992.

A one-time heavy smoker, Cruyff revealed in October last year that he had lung cancer.

He said in February that he had received "very positive" results however.

"Right now, I have the feeling that I am 2-0 up in the first half of a match that has not finished yet. But I am sure that I will end up winning," he added.

Cruyff was one of the all-time greats alongside Pele of Brazil, Diego Maradona of Argentina, France's Michel Platini and Lionel Messi of Argentina, Barcelona's current leader.

"He was the best player of all time," Platini told AFP.

"I have lost a friend, the world has lost a great man. I admired him," Platini, the Uefa president now suspended from football, added.

"Between two drags on his cigarettes, he always spoke of the young, coaching, and education through football."

"We have lost a great man. May we carry on his example of excellence," Pele wrote on his Twitter account.

"Johan Cruyff was a great player and coach. He leaves a very important legacy for our family of football."

"We will never forget you skinny," added Maradona in his tribute.

"He was one of those great, great footballers that made you excited whenever he got the ball and began to play," said England's 1966 World Cup hero Bobby Charlton.

Franz Beckenbauer, who captained Germany when they beat the Netherlands in Cruyff's only World Cup final in 1974, said he was "shocked".

"He was not only a very good friend, but also a brother to me," added Beckenbauer, who went on to coach Germany to their 1990 World Cup triumph.

TOTAL FOOTBALLER

With his precision passes, speed, technique and goalscoring ability, Cruyff set new standards as a player.

He helped end an era of dour defensive football, inspiring the Dutch team in their Total Football offensive that took them to the 1974 World Cup final. Every player had to be ready to take on every position.

"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is," he once said.

Cruyff moved from Ajax Amsterdam to Barcelona in 1973 and stayed there until 1978. He returned 10 years later to coach the Spanish side.

His heavy smoking was blamed for heart bypass surgery in 1991 and he started sucking lollipops on the touchline at Barcelona games.

"Football has given me everything in life, tobacco almost took it all away" he said in a Catalan health department advert at the time.

He started as a coach with Ajax but on moving again to Barcelona they won four consecutive league titles and their first ever European Cup in 1992 at Wembley.

"He quickly became an icon for Barça," the club said in a statement which did not mention that he was sacked in 1995.

"Johan Cruyff painted the chapel, and Barcelona coaches since merely restore or improve it," one of his successors as a player and coach, Pep Guardiola, said of Cruyff.

Barcelona highlighted "his acrobatic strike against Atletico Madrid and the 5-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu (against Real Madrid) in 1974, among many other great moments, will live long in the memory of Barca fans".

The club said fans could pay tribute to Cruyff from 08:00GMT on Saturday at the Camp Nou Stadium where a special condolence area would be set aside in the grandstand.

Cruyff was named Europe's player of the century in 1999 and the legend has lived on ever since.

"The '14' will never be the same. RIP Johan Cruyff," said modern-day Spanish hero Xabi Alonso, now with Bayern Munich, on Twitter in a tribute referring to Cruyff's number 14 shirt.

The Netherlands' football association said that Friday's international friendly against France in Amsterdam would pause in the 14th minute in honour of a player dubbed the "Rembrandt" of Dutch football.

11/03/2016

High-quality education

Higher education in Holland has a worldwide reputation for its high quality. This quality is guaranteed through a national system of regulation and quality assurance.

International rankings

With 12 research universities among the top 200 universities in the world, the academic quality of Dutch institutions is recognised worldwide.

Dutch institutions occupy good positions in the top three ranking websites worldwide. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Netherlands is the fourth country with the most institutions in the top 100. In total, 12 of the 14 Dutch research universities are in the top 200 worldwide.

Each autumn the most important international university rankings are published: the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. While it is important to review the methodology of each ranking, the fact that almost all Dutch research universities (14 in total) are represented in the rankings means that the academic level in the Netherlands is very high.



General rankingsQS World University Rankings 2015-2016Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016Recognised degrees

The Dutch Higher Education and Research Act states that degree programmes offered by higher education institutions must be evaluated against a specific set of criteria, which assess a programme’s content and level.

Bachelor’s and master’s programmes that meet these criteria are accredited (i.e. officially recognised) by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This accreditation system was set up to guarantee that higher education programmes in the Netherlands meet the highest standards.

You will be awarded a recognised degree only after completing an accredited degree programme.

PhDs and specialised courses

PhD programmes are not accredited by the NVAO but fall under the responsibility of the institutions. This also applies to programmes and courses leading to a certificate or a diploma, including specialised courses.

The quality of specialised courses that are part of an accredited master’s programme is assured through the accreditation of the main programme. The quality of other types of courses falls under the responsibility of the institutions.

Foreign accreditations

The fact that a course is not accredited does not mean that it does not meet certain quality criteria.

Institutions may also offer bachelor’s, master’s or other programmes that have been accredited in another country. In these cases, the degree may be recognised in that country, but not necessarily in Holland.

For example, a master’s programme offered by a Dutch university of applied sciences that has been validated by an accredited British university that awards the degree.

Central register

In our Studyfinder database of international programmes and courses a special icon indicates if the programme or course is accredited.

You can find an overview of all NVAO accredited programmes in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO). The overview is only available in Dutch.

Timeline Photos 20/10/2015

Timeline Photos

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) Feature: Patrice Mukova

“The training programme enabled me to understand how the Netherlands has a long established international reputation for high standards of teachings and research. The Netherlands has extensive education facilities and resources. The trainings mix both theory and practice.

I was exposed to most of the Netherlands based international organizations dealing on issues to do with international justice based such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Court of Justice and TM Asser Institute. This provided me a platform to exchange information , expertise, skills and ideas on key areas of interests.

I was able to meet key contacts in the discharge of international justice among the ICC chief prosecutor and the spokesperson of the organisation who I am now in regular contact. I also met many other international justice experts and I am now on the mailing list of many international justice institutions which are providing me with vital information necessary for the discharge of some of my work.

As a journalists I am now able to produce in depth reports and analysis on issues to do with transitional justice because of my training and experience in Netherlands.
The training programme also enabled me to share knowledge and experience of professional trends in multimedia journalism.
I was equipped with multi-media skills. I am now a multi-media journalist and can now blog among other social media skills I acquired. All these skills have benefitted both myself and the organisation I work for”

Mr Patrice Makova studied Inside International Justice at RNTC in 2012.

Timeline Photos 06/10/2015

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The Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) Feature: Makanyara Kayonza

“The Netherlands has a binary system of higher education which means there are two types of programs: research-oriented education and professional higher education traditionally offered by research universities and hogescholen, or universities of applied sciences respectively. It is an intensive type of system that differs from the Zimbabwean education system.

With international recognition, the Netherlands has a diverse and multifaceted culture, coupled with multicultural norms and beliefs from different parts of the world. After gaining hands-on experiences in the Netherlands I am now able to evaluate values and functions of livestock in society; use an analytical approach for project design; design development strategies for a specific livestock system; evaluate and discuss diversity in livestock systems, environmental challenges and their mitigation options; calculate indicators for environmental assessment of animal production systems; analyze with an economic-based model innovations in animal production systems.”

Mr. Makanyara Kayonza studied MSc Animal Science-Animal Production Systems at Wageningen University from 2012 to 2014.

29/09/2015

Magazine

Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?

8 August 2013

From the sectionMagazine

There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC's Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets - or "granny style" - bike complete with wicker basket and pedal-back brakes, examines what made everyone get back in the saddle.

The 70s velo-rution

Before World War II, journeys in the Netherlands were predominantly made by bike, but in the 1950s and 1960s, as car ownership rocketed, this changed. As in many countries in Europe, roads became increasingly congested and cyclists were squeezed to the kerb.

The jump in car numbers caused a huge rise in the number of deaths on the roads. In 1971 more than 3,000 people were killed by motor vehicles, 450 of them children.

In response a social movement demanding safer cycling conditions for children was formed. Called Stop de Kindermoord (Stop the Child Murder), it took its name from the headline of an article written by journalist Vic Langenhoff whose own child had been killed in a road accident.

The Dutch faith in the reliability and sustainability of the motor vehicle was also shaken by the Middle East oil crisis of 1973, when oil-producing countries stopped exports to the US and Western Europe.

These twin pressures helped to persuade the Dutch government to invest in improved cycling infrastructure and Dutch urban planners started to diverge from the car-centric road-building policies being pursued throughout the urbanising West.

Path to glory

To make cycling safer and more inviting the Dutch have built a vast network of cycle paths.

These are clearly marked, have smooth surfaces, separate signs and lights for those on two wheels, and wide enough to allow side-by-side cycling and overtaking.

Image captionThe sign reads 'Bike street: Cars are guests'

In many cities the paths are completely segregated from motorised traffic. Sometimes, where space is scant and both must share, you can see signs showing an image of a cyclist with a car behind accompanied by the words 'Bike Street: Cars are guests'.

At roundabouts, too, it is those using pedal power who have priority.

You can cycle around a roundabout while cars (almost always) wait patiently for you to pass. The idea that "the bike is right" is such an alien concept for tourists on bikes that many often find it difficult to navigate roads and junctions at first.

Image captionA roundabout where cyclists get their own lane and have priority over motorists is being trialled in Berkshire for Transport for LondonEarly adopters

Even before they can walk, Dutch children are immersed in a world of cycling. As babies and toddlers they travel in special seats on "bakfiets", or cargo bikes. These seats are often equipped with canopies to protect the children from the elements, and some parents have been known to spend a small fortune doing up their machines.

As the children grow up they take to their own bikes, something made easier and safer by the discrete cycle lanes being wide enough for children to ride alongside an accompanying adult. And, as young people aren't allowed to drive unsupervised until they are 18, cycling offers Dutch teenagers an alternative form of freedom.

The state also plays a part in teaching too, with cycling proficiency lessons a compulsory part of the Dutch school curriculum. All schools have places to park bikes and at some schools 90% of pupils cycle to class.

Behind the bike sheds

In the university city of Groningen, a cyclists' dream even by Dutch standards, the central train station has underground parking for 10,000 bikes. Cyclists are accommodated in the way motorists are elsewhere, with electronic counters at the entrance registering how many spaces are available.

Bike parking facilities are ubiquitous in The Netherlands - outside schools, office buildings and shops. In return you are expected to only lock up your bike in designated spots - if you chain your bike in the wrong place you could find that it is removed and impounded, and that you will have to hand over 25 euros to get it back.

Image captionBike parking, Amsterdam style

At home, even people who live in flats without special bike storage facilities can expect to be allowed to leave their bikes in a communal hallway.

In the 16th Century, houses in Amsterdam were taxed according to their width, a measure residents countered by building tall, narrow houses. So hallways get filled with bikes - but so many people cycle, no-one really minds, and just clambers past.

It's not about your ride

Cycling is so common that I have been rebuked for asking people whether they are cyclists or not. "We aren't cyclists, we're just Dutch," comes the response.

The bike is an integral part of everyday life rather than a specialist's accessory or a symbol of a minority lifestyle, so Dutch people don't concern themselves with having the very latest model of bike or hi-tech gadgets.

They regard their bikes as trusty companions in life's adventures. In that kind of relationship it is longevity that counts - so the older, the better. It's not uncommon to hear a bike coming up behind you with the mudguard rattling against the wheel. If anything, having a tatty, battered old bike affords more status as it attests to a long and lasting love.

No lycra, no sweat

The famously flat Dutch terrain, combined with densely-populated areas, mean that most journeys are of short duration and not too difficult to complete.

Few Dutch people don lycra to get out on their bike, preferring to ride to work, the shops or the pub in whatever clothes they think appropriate for their final destination.

Of course, the cycle paths lend themselves to sauntering along in summer dresses in a way a death-defying, white-knuckle ride in rush-hour traffic does not. It is also partly because of this that people don't need showers at work to be able to commute by bike - it's a no-sweat experience.

Dutch people also tend to go helmet-free because they are protected by the cycle-centric rules of the roads and the way infrastructure is designed. If you see someone wearing a cycling helmet in The Netherlands, the chances are they're a tourist or a professional.

I bought a helmet for my ride to the UK reporting for BBC Newsnight on the differences between cycling in The Netherlands and the UK. My local bike shop had just one on display, which the shop assistant said had been there "a few months or maybe a year".

Media captionAnna Holligan's bike ride from The Hague to Westminster, done as part of a Newsnight report on cycling infrastructure, in three action-packed minutes.

Right not might

The fact that everyone cycles, or knows someone who does, means that drivers are more sympathetic to cyclists when they have to share space on the roads.

In turn, the cyclists are expected to respect and obey the rules of the road. You may be fined for riding recklessly, in the wrong place or jumping red lights. Police (often on bikes) will issue a 60-euro ticket if you are caught without lights at night, and you will have to shell out even more if any of the mandatory bike reflectors - of which there are many under Dutch law - are missing.

Accidents do still happen of course, but in the event of a collision involving a cyclist, insurers refer to Article 185 of the Dutch Road Safety Code which deals with something called "strict liability". It is often mistakenly interpreted as a law that establishes guilt. What it essentially means is the driver will usually be expected to cover at least 50% of the financial costs to the cyclist and their bike.

When out on the road, Dutch cyclists feel powerful and protected, making the whole experience much more enjoyable. There are dangers on the roads, but very rarely do they involve heavy goods vehicles, poorly designed junctions or dangerous drivers.

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