The “Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs” (KIVI) also known as the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers in English, via its chapter KIVI International Engineer’s, started its cooperation with Europe China Returnee Alliance ( ECRA) and Wuhan University Alumni Association Benelux ( WHUAB) in career coaching and capability development for Chinese students studying in the Netherlands.
The three parties launched their first event “Meeting Masterminds” webinar on July 19, 2020. KIVI welcomes Chinese students and young professionals joining the engineer’s community to meet Dutch and other international engineers working in the Netherlands for knowledge sharing, interdisciplinary dialogue and trend watching. Dr. Ahmed Elkadi, Chair of KIVI International Engineers, joined the event with Mr. Frank Meijer, Head Coach of KIVI Engineers coaching service and Mr. Ignacio Vasquez, member of the board of KIVI International Engineers. Ms. Dan Zhu, Vice Chair of ECRA and Chair of WHUAB together with a team of ECRA/WHUAB Operation staff facilitated the event organization. Mr. Luo Ping, Education Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands met with the KIVI, ECRA and WHUAB team after the webinar and emphasized the shaping of global mindset of Chinese engineers and young professionals.
The Koninklijk Instituut Van Ingenieurs (KIVI) was founded in 1847. It is a professional community for Dutch engineers and international engineers living and/or working in the Netherlands. It aims at improving society by stimulating high quality of engineering education and maintaining a positive image and identity of engineers. It also serves as a think tank for government and industry. KIVI International Engineers focuses its mission on creating a platform for international engineers meeting Dutch engineers to discuss technical & societal topics, inspire and socialize with each other.
Europe China Returnee Alliance (ECRA) has a history dated back to 1999. It is an independent and non-profit organization for European nationals who have prior and on-going China study and work experience. Located at the seaside of Scheveningen, it hosts professional and social gatherings of the Dutch and other European China Returnees, and advises the Chinese Business Association Netherlands (AICEN), Chinese Engineers & Scientists Association (VCWI) and Chinese Students & Scholars Association (ACSSNL) on better understanding the Netherlands and Europe.
The Wuhan University Alumni Association Benelux (WHUAB) is a part of the global alumni network of Wuhan University, a leading Chinese university founded in 1893 with around 500,000 alumni in China and worldwide. The Benelux Chapter was founded in 2017 in the Hague, currently has 200+ members studying and working in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.