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International Student Recruitment Officer (32-40 hrs per week)

Job description

You concentrate specifically on identifying alternative scholarships for potential students for ITC courses and connects these prospective students with the providers of scholarships and specific funding opportunities. You also fulfil a broker position to identify resources for prospective international students and bring prospective students (directly and indirectly) into contact with these resources. Furthermore, you assume a pro-active role in identifying and consolidating new opportunities and ensures proper information provision about alternative scholarship programmes and funding opportunities (including private sector/Dutch companies) to prospective students.

  • You explore, identify and maintain additional scholarships programmes and funding opportunities for prospective students in ITC’s education programmes, including:

- scholarship programmes from national and multinational organisations
- possibilities with the private sector to provide co-funding for prospective students
- calls and grants that include scholarship components

  • You build, stimulate and maintain contact with the ITC alumni network, local agencies, companies and professional organisations to identify funding and scholarship opportunities
  • You ensure that prospective and future students have access to and receive timely up-to-date information about alternative scholarship programmes and funding opportunities
  • You ensure that prospective students are properly guided and supported in the scholarship search and application process
  • You will be in contact with recruitment and scholarship officers/expertise within the UT and at other institutes/universities

The faculty aims at increasing the annual student intake with alternative funding sources, with 20-25 students for its Master’s programmes within a period of two years. The position will focus foremost on student intake for its Master’s programmes. In a second phase, the scope of the position can be broadened towards PhD, short-course and distance students.

This is a new full-time position at ITC. You will develop your activities complementary and in close coordination with the UT’s Marketing and Communication (M&C) Department, the UT Scholarship Office and International relations (SOIR), Coordinators of the current scholarship programmes (NUFFIC/OKP, ITC-Scholarship Programme) and the admission and financial officers.

You will be positioned in the Education Unit of the Faculty Bureau of the Faculty ITC and will be working under the daily supervision of the Educational Manager. You will also be in regular contact with the programme management of ITC’s master’s programmes and the project officers of the Faculty ITC.

Your profile


  • Have at least 5 years of experience with international higher education, student recruitment, international scholarship programmes and funding opportunities
  • Have a clear understanding of the funding needs and opportunities for non-EU students
  • Have good communication skills and are able to connect easily with the various stakeholders (scientific and non-scientific staff) within and outside the faculty, and ask for support if required
  • Have relevant network contacts
  • Are able to set priorities, are hands-on and performance-driven
  • Are creative in finding new possibilities and have perseverance in make them effective
  • Have affinity and the capacity to work in an international context and team
  • Are willing and to travel abroad
  • Are fluent in English, Dutch language skills are appreciated

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment for 32 – 40 hours per week. You will be initially employed for one year. Prolongation of the contract after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,807.00 and € 5,922.00 (fulltime), depending on experience and qualifications (job profile External Collaboration Coordinator, level 3 or 4).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment

Information and application

For more information you can contact Drs E.J.M. (Emile) Dopheide, Educational Manager (e-mail: emile.dopheide@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 21 September 2021 (choose “apply here” below). Your application should include (i) a motivation letter and (ii) a detailed CV.

About the department

Prospective international students at the University of Twente (UT) could avail of a large variety of scholarship opportunities, ranging from partial scholarships to 'full' scholarships. Most scholarships are part of a subsidy framework and are allocated through a scholarship programme. The UT Scholarship Office looks after the administration of a number of specific scholarship programmes for degree programmes at the UT.

The specific mission and background of the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), makes that origin and needs of prospective ITC students are quite different and more specific from the average international student at other UT faculties and programmes. A predominant part of the students interested in the master’s programmes at ITC originates from the global south. Each year, the number of applicants and academically acceptable candidates for ITC master’s programmes from non-EU countries is relatively large. However, this interest is often not converted into actual enrolment because a large part of the potential students depends on a limited number of scholarship programmes (NUFFIC/OKP, ITC-Scholarship Programme, World Bank).

About the organization

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

International Student Recruitment Officer (32-40 hrs per week)
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