The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (the NVIC) was founded in 1971. Eight universities in the Netherlands and Flanders participate in the institute with an aim to stimulating internationalisation of their teaching and research activities in the Middle East.
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo is an academic centre that provides services for scholars and students from the supporting universities. The main focus of our activities has always been on the fields of Arabic & Islamic studies, Egyptology, Archaeology and Papyrology. Since 2012, the Institute has started widening its scope, and has defined three additional focus themes:
1. Cairo: the Urban Challenge
Cairo is one of the largest cities on earth, with a very long history. The 20 million inhabitants, the pollution, city migration, unemployment, infrastructure, traffic problems, housing issues and the omnipresent historical heritage, make Cairo a very interesting subject for city-planners, urban designers, sociologists, geographers, architects and experts in the fields of development studies, urban studies, mobility, NGOs, public administration, environmental studies, heritage management, tourism, etc.
2. Politics, Law and Society in Egypt
Egypt is one of the most important countries in the Middle East on the political and cultural levels. Since the 2011 revolution, the country has enjoyed a growing interest of experts in the fields of political studies, democratization, civil society, public administration, the political and social role of Islamic groups, international law, NGOs, human rights, women’s rights, globalization, etc.
3. Art & Culture
Art and culture are study areas in their own rights. In addition to studying the art and culture of Egypt, the Institute has a role in disseminating Dutch and Flemish culture and promoting Dutch-Flemish-Egyptian cultural cooperation and cross-fertilization.
The staff members of the institute, as well as its temporary research fellows, undertake research on behalf of the supporting universities. The NVIC occasionally organises colloquia on topics related to its expertise.
The NVIC also offers academic courses in the archaeology of Egypt and in Arabic studies within the framework of study programmes at the Dutch and Flemish universities. These courses focus on practical knowledge and academic experience in Egypt and they thus add a significant aspect to either field of study at the universities involved. The Institute may assist in the supervision of theses, papers and other individual study programmes undertaken in Egypt.
In addition, the NVIC organises courses on demand in the fields of the language, culture and society of Egypt and the Middle East academic and non-academic target groups, such as governmental institutions and private companies.
Finally, the Institute helps to disseminate Dutch and Flemish culture and promotes Dutch- and Flemish-Egyptian cultural co-operation, working closely together with the competent institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders and their respective embassies, for instance by offering Dutch language courses.
In the Netherlands:
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences
Leiden University (administrating institution)
The University of Amsterdam
The Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
The University of Groningen
The Radboud University Nijmegen
Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (FWO), on behalf of the University of Leuven and Ghent University.
The Board of Directors of the NVIC mostly consists of members of the Executive Boards of the participating institutions:
Prof. Carel J.J.M. Stolker, Rector Magnificus, President, University of Leiden
Prof. Louise Gunning-Schepers, President, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Sibrand Poppema, President, University of Groningen
Prof. Gerard J.M. Meijer, President, Radboud University Nijmegen
Prof. Marjan J. Oudeman, President, Utrecht University
M. René M. Smit, President, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. Rik Torfs, Rector, University of Leuven
Prof. Anne De Paepe, Ghent University
The Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, Culture and Sciences and The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)(FWO) are represented in the Board by observers at Board meetings.
The Advisory Council consists of specialists in the fields of Arabic studies and Egyptology, representing the participating institutions:
Prof. Olaf E. Kaper (chair) Leiden University
Prof. Petra M. Sijpesteijn, Leiden University
Ms Kiki M. Santing, University of Groningen
Dr Nico Landman, Utrecht University
Dr Gert Borg, Radboud University Nijmegen
Dr Liesbeth Zack, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Harco O. Willems, University of Leuven
Prof. Jo van Steenbergen, Ghent University
The Administrator of the NVIC is M. John A. Kroes.