3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
The public cultural Funds for the production of arts and culture have been asked to pay specific attention to fostering international contacts, in order to stimulate intercultural dialogue.
An official delegation travelled to Morocco, at the end of 2005, to visit some specific exchange projects in the fields of architecture, visual art and dramatic art. A similar trip to Indonesia, in June 2006, was less successful because at the exact time of the visit the government fell. In 2007, a trip to India was organised, which as a rising economy is important in the international cultural policies of the Netherlands.
Travel bursaries are available for professional artists and creative professionals. These are distributed via the Public Cultural Funds (see chapter 8.1.2). However, these bursaries are not specifically focused on cross-cultural training courses.
Dutch universities announced, at the start of the 2006/2007 academic year, that they intend to encourage all Dutch students to spend a part of their studies abroad.