Upcoming: Symposium "Children as Current and Future Citizens"

On Sunday, 26 November 2017 our annual Cleveringa Lecture will take place. This year the lecture will be read by Prof. Dr. Judi Mesman with the title " Parenting towards Freedom ". The lecture will be preceded by a symposium under the title " Children as Current and Future Citizens ". A variety of international and local academics will present their work at the symposium and a panel discussion will take place with a panel consisting of teenagers. The programme will start at 8:30 and will end at 16:00. To register for this symposium, please send an email to

Wanderings: Tilly Mulder Art Exhibition

On 15 and 16 September, the institute will host an exhibition of Tilly Mulder's art work. Her art will be for sale and half of the proceeds will go to a good cause of Tilly’s choice: "The Running Girls". The exhibition will be open on both days from 2:00 until 8:00 pm.  

Alexandria: the Pearl of the Mediterranean

Taking a little trip away from the always exciting yet exhausting Cairo is just what we, 33 hard working students studying at the NVIC needed. This past March, just as we were halfway on our Cairo adventure the institute took us all on a five-day trip to see the Pearl of the Mediterranean; Alexandria, the city that got its name from Alexander the Great himself.

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

Dear friends of the NVIC, Our academic year 2016-17 has been a busy one. Our new (from 1 October 2016) Assistant Director for Arabic and Islamic Studies, dr Ifdal Elsaket, traveled to the Netherlands and Flanders to present our activities to our 8 universities (6 in the Netherlands, 2 in Flanders). Ifdal’s position at our institute is made possible by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO, see ). 18 students came to our institute in our MA autumn semester Arabic and Islam (see ). In January this year, our Assistant Director for Egyptology and Archaeology, dr Marleen De Meyer, taught her half semester for another group of 17 students from KU Leuven, Leiden University, and this year also 2 students from Harvard University (see )

Accommodation available

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

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.

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.

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!