Your Global Future

This program was finished in summer 2022, but you can consult the main takeaways in a couple of short videos (with English subtitles). See:

This program aims to deploy your human capital in a more entrepreneurial way and leverage your international experience and connections as a newcomer. The academic perspective offers room for reflection on one’s personal qualities and how to find synergy between those qualities and the development of new (labour market) opportunities.

Course providers: Utrecht University and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Target Audience: Newcomers with a refugee background who have higher levels of education (bachelor level plus) and sufficient command of English.


'The Dutch entrepreneurial business culture' (Dr. Hein Roelfsema)

This first session focuses on the Dutch corporate culture and what this means for the entrepreneurial capacities needed to succeed in international business. After a plenary lecture, groups will discuss to what extent cultural differences are important in connecting to the international labour market and what role entrepreneurship and innovation play in this.

'Finding appropriate employment in new labour markets' (Dr. Leendert de Bell)

What are possibilities to find high-quality employment in the Netherlands and Europe and how can you increase your chances on the labour market? In this session, we will discuss how the labour market works for highly educated people and how you can approach employers. In addition, this session will provide insight into how you can expand capacities gained in the country of origin, but above all, how you can show them as necessary on the Dutch and European labour market. It will also discuss to what extent you can discover a gap in capacities and how you can fill these gaps.

'Working in a knowledge based entrepreneurial society' (Dr. Hein Roelfsema)

This session will focus on the knowledge skills needed to succeed in European business, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation skills. In addition, it is important to have a good cultural understanding of diversity and to work in teams and what this means in a European context. After a brief introductory lecture, work will be done in a number of working formats that highlight the key characteristics of entrepreneurship and innovation in a diverse environment.

'Creating networks and opportunities' (Christian de Kraker, MA)

For newcomers, it is important, after a period of civic integration, to build up social networks that make it possible to make a contribution and find work that matches their level of education. In addition, it is important for newcomers to link their international social capital to a new environment and in this way form a connection between the new environment in the Netherlands and Northern Europe on the one hand and the social capital in the countries of origin on the other hand. Such a multicultural attitude can strengthen the chances on the labour market for entry but also for continued growth. In this session, strategies for building up social capital in Europe and the Netherlands will be discussed and opportunities for strengthening social capital will be explored.

'Supporting people left behind' (Christian de Kraker, MA)

Newcomers often have the opportunity to support people that have not been able how to escape disadvantaged positions in the home country. In most cases, helping means using remittances to support income. However, new connections and opportunities in Europe may also create innovative ways and entrepreneurial ways to support people left behind. In this session we will discuss best practices on how to do this and share experiences. Also, the session provides some practical tips and do’s and don'ts on how to organise support for people left behind.

'Should I stay or should I go?' (Dr. Leendert de Bell)

Recent data for the Netherlands show that only about half of the newcomers eventually stay in the Netherlands. A large part migrates further across the world and perhaps a small portion returns to the region and maybe even the country of origin. In addition, there is a substantial group that will not be able to find a permanent residence in the Netherlands and will need to find a strategy to deal with this. In this session we go deeper into experiences, wishes and possibilities for a long-term perspective outside the Netherlands.