Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

More than 900 international talent attendees at ITEA 2016

20 Apr 2016 00:00 | Amsterdam School of International Business

Last Friday April 15, the third edition of International Talent Event Amsterdam (ITEA) drew more than 900 international talent attendees of which many students of the International Business School and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

The yearly ITEA is a golden opportunity for businesses and international students to forge contacts. It also offers students the chance to inform themselves on the opportunities to start their own business.

Workshops, coaching, counselling

Over 50 companies presented themselves during workshops and a job market. Professionals were in attendance at the event to provide speed coaching and career counselling. Experts gave advice on issues such as work permits, start-up visas, formalities and accommodation.

In total there were 24 sessions and workshops. LinkedIn and the municipality of Amsterdam announced their collaboration. Marcel Molenaar, Country Manager LinkedIn Benelux, presented a report with unique real-time data about 900.000 LinkedIn members who live/work in Amsterdam. It is the first time that a Dutch government organisation makes use of LinkedIn data. They give insights into the Amsterdam labour market.

The Start-Up Corner was a new part of the event which took place in a separate reserved space. In total ten innovative start-ups joined in, pitching their company and talking to interested students.

Amsterdam as European business hub

The Amsterdam metropolitan region wants to become one of the top five business hubs in Europe, and the availability of Dutch and international talent is an important business location factor for the over 2,500 foreign businesses already present in the region. Employers are interested in international talent due to the cutting-edge, creative and innovative insights that these professionals offer.

International talent increases productivity and provides solutions and specific knowledge for businesses whose operations transcend national borders. They frequently are extra motivated employees who are able to build bridges between economies, markets and cultures.

ITEA is organized by UvA (University of Amsterdam), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam Inbusiness and the Amsterdam Economic Board. The event is within the scope of ‘Amsterdam Works’, the Amsterdam Economic Board’s programme in which the business sector, knowledge institutions, universities of applied sciences and research universities pool their strengths to attract international students and knowledge workers to the Amsterdam metropolitan region and keep them there.