Published On: Fri, Jan 4th, 2013

More trainee posts for Curaçao students

WILLEMSTAD – The government wants to increase the number of trainee posts in crucial sectors so that more students can gain practical experience. A study is to reveal whether a national trainee bureau could help accomplish this, according to the government in the General Considerations with the budget for 2013. The trainee bureau will focus on three areas: help students find a trainee post; assistance during the trainee period and support with remigration. At the moment Curaçao students in the Netherlands can approach ‘Kennis voor Curaçao’ from Maarten de Jong. On average the bureau intermediates for approximately 100 students, mostly at HBO-level. According to De Jong, there is a need for a better structure on the policy for apprenticeship. He applauds the Ministry of Education for giving this matter attention. ‘The terminology apprenticeship is very vague. Sometimes it means a work experience of four days or an apprenticeship of four months at HBO-level. There is no univocal picture”, said De Jong. He thinks it’s advisable to chart the trainee need so that the local educational institutions and local companies are on the same line.

On a yearly basis 800 to 1000 trainees from the Netherlands come to the island. With World Apprenticeship, the other intermediary bureau from De Jong, he arranges accommodation or trainee post for approximately half that number. He is undecided whether a national trainee bureau or a better structure on the trainee policy will fulfill the government’s wish.


As regards higher education on Curaçao, an instrument will be developed to adjust the defrayment system on an annual basis. This is to contribute toward a solvent and organizational set up of the local university UNA. Introducing new programs that meet a social need will be studied. An amount of 16,758 guilders is reserved for the higher education in 2013. The most important part of the means is meant as government subsidy to the UNA, whereby a percentage is meant for development and implementation of the policy for science. Possibilities to expand the direct and indirect funding for the university will be looked into.

According to the government, scientific research should prevail in the development of the Curaçao society and participation of the population in social processes. Within this framework the government wants a policy that stimulates scientific research by creating a climate that contributes to promotion researches and establishing new chairs. In 2012, the UNESCO chair for water technology was established. This is the second chair from UNESCO on Curaçao. The chair falls under the technical faculty of the UNA. Coincidentally the United Nations declared 2013 the international year of water co-operatives. The purpose of the chair is to promote research, training, information and documentation on the production and distribution of water. The chair is also to facilitate the cooperation between international academics and UNA-lecturers. The first UNESCO-chair ‘Small Island Developing States’ was established in 2009 but officially launched in 2011.

The policy on scholarship will also be investigated this year. The new policy is to lead to an adequate system, a more efficient implementation, better collection instruments and the financial possibilities to study in the region. The students will have more possibilities to study close to home at institutions that meet the quality requirements. The government expects the ties with the island will stimulate the students to return to the island sooner.

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