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Accommodation available

The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo offers accommodation to researchers, staff and students of the affiliated Dutch and Flemish universities.  


Launching in Spring 2017: Semester Middle East Studies (pilot programme)

Are you interested in the modern Middle East and would you like to dive into the fascinating culture? As of spring 2017, the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo offers a semester ‘Middle East Studies’ for bachelor students from the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Cairo, a bustling metropolis in the heart of the Middle East, will be your classroom. MA students can apply for the programme with permission from their departments and with different assessment criteria.


Dutch Language Course 2017

The institute offers Dutch language courses for foreigners on a regular basis. These courses aim to provide students with language skills in Dutch, which they can use in everyday life. Therefore you will spend most of your time practising the language in order to communicate with Dutch language speakers.


The Cleveringa Lecture Now Available Online

On 27 November our institute, with the generous support of the Netherlands Embassy in Cairo, organised a seminar/conference. It was organised in cooperation with professor Dr Petra Sijpesteijn of Leiden University. The topic of the seminar was " Informal requests for help and mediation (on paper and/or papyrus) in Egypt (from Roman times until the Ottoman era) ". The aim of the presentations was to investigate how informal requests have contributed to social cohesion of the early Islamic society. In total eight papers on this topic were read and discussed in a serious, but convivial atmosphere.


Study Abroad Festival Leiden

Our Assistant Director, Ifdal Elsaket, attended the Study Abroad Festival in Leiden on the 14th of October this year. There she told students about the various study programmes available at the NVIC.


A few remarks on the latest news at NVIC from director Dr Rudolf de Jong

Dear friends of the NVIC, Last academic year 2015-16 at our institute ended with saying farewell to Dr Stijn Aerts, who had been our Assistant-Director for Arabic and Islam Studies for a year. Unforeseen circumstances led to his decision to return to Belgium. We shall miss his valuable contributions, dry sense of humour, and wish him all the best for the future. In July we had a round of interviews in Brussels to select a new Assistant-Director to take Stijn’s place (the position is funded by F.W.O., Research Fund Flanders). I am very pleased to announce that Dr Ifdal Elsaket (PhD, University of Sydney) will be our new Assistant-Director as from 1 October this year. Ifdal worked as a guest researcher at our institute before, and we very much look forward to her joining our team. At the end of August we started our regular MA-semester again for students from our contributing universities of Ghent and Leuven in Flanders (and this year also one student from the University of Amsterdam).


Safety Survey: NVIC students feel very safe in Cairo

The safety of students is a priority and hence an ever recurring issue at the NVIC. NVIC not only attaches great importance to the safety of its students, but also that its students feel safe. To better understand feelings of safety in Cairo, our previous intern Marlijn Beek conducted a survey among former students who spent a semester at our institute in Cairo. Please read the most important results of our survey here.


The book bus project

Have you heard about the book bus project (عربية الحواديت) in Sharqiya? This wonderful initiative encourages children, who don't have easy access to books, to read by spreading books by car. They are also setting up a library! Do you want to donate books to this project? Bring them to the NVIC library during our opening hours, and they will be collected by the book bus volunteers later. Books preferred are Arabic children's books, or books for the library in either Arabic or English. To learn more about this project, you can read Al-Monitor's article


Farewell lunch Stijn Aerts

On 25 May, we organised a farewell lunch with a sjoel competition for Stijn, who left the institute on 1 June. Dear Stijn, it has been a great pleasure working with you, and we will surely miss you. We wish you all the best for the future!


Tutankhamun Conference 2016

On Friday the 6th of May - on the first day of a three-day conference - two eminent scholars, professor Dr Olaf Kaper of Leiden University and Dr Gillian Vogelsang of the Textile Research Centre in Leiden, presented their lectures on textiles and embroidery found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.


Spring Book Fair 2016

On 29 March 2016, the library of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo organised the very first edition of the Spring Book Fair. It turned out to be a great success!


The Villa of Serenus in Dakhla

After years of hard work, the Roman Villa of Serenus at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis is as good as ready to be opened (just a few final touches remain on the decorations).


PEGASUS 2 Marie Skłodowska–Curie Fellowship

With 'PEGASUS 2', FWO aims to enhance human capital in fundamental research by attracting more excellent foreign researchers to Flanders via incoming fellowships, as well as by bestowing researchers in Flanders with increased international experience via outgoing fellowships. 'PEGASUS 2' includes two types of 3-year postdoctoral fellowships. INCOMING fellowships on the one hand and OUTGOING fellowships composed of 2 years of research abroad and 1 return year to the fellow’s host institution on the other hand.