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Rutte: ‘Brainport region helps to give the Netherlands international appeal’

18 December 2012

The Brainport Career Fair and the Brainport Innovation Seminar took place at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) on Wednesday 7 November as part of the economic mission being undertaken by a delegation from Brainport Eindhoven Region in the Turkish capital. Present at the seminar were Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister Lillianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and Mayor of Eindhoven Rob van Gijzel. During his speech the Prime Minister stressed the importance of Brainport Eindhoven Region for innovation: “It is due in part to the Brainport region that the Netherlands is now ranked 5th in the Global Competitiveness Index.” Rutte called on Turkish talent to go for an engineering career in the Netherlands.

The aim of these sessions was to promote the Netherlands, and more specifically Brainport Eindhoven Region, as an attractive innovative High-Tech region for talent, R&D cooperation, trade and investment. Brainport Career Fair

The career fair gave final year students of various technology faculties of the ITU the opportunity to find out about the career possibilities among 30 companies from Southeast Netherlands. More than 100 interested highly educated Turks visited the career fair.

Brainport Innovation Seminar

The career fair was complemented by the Brainport Innovation Seminar at which Prime Minister Mark Rutte invited the 310 Turkish students there to take up a career in the Netherlands. Mayor Rob van Gijzel emphasised the importance of cooperation: “We are not simply coming here to recruit talent to Eindhoven but to establish a lasting partnership with the emphasis on knowledge exchange.”

The Global Competitiveness Index

The Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum is one of the world’s most respected rankings. It analyses the competitiveness of 144 countries and provides insight into the pillars of productivity and prosperity. Classification is based on twelve pillars and the state of the national economy. According to the index, the power of innovation in the Netherlands is growing and growing, in part through the stable financial market and the excellence of the education. The high quality of the infrastructure in our country also receives high praise in the annual report.

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