Utrecht Region attracts smart, talented people with a global outlook. We have the best educated workforce in the Netherlands, with more than 50% of the region’s working population holding an academic degree. The region’s workforce is well trained and multilingual and its inhabitants are known for their efficiency and pragmatism. It is not surprising that Utrecht Region became the most innovative region in the country (European Commission's 2019 Regional Innovation Scoreboard) with this amazing pool of highly educated professionals.
We are home to many of the best academic institutions in the country. They provide a steady supply of highly qualified, motivated graduates. The region’s institutes of higher education include:
- Utrecht University, rated the best Dutch research university each year since 2003 (Shanghai Ranking) and has the Netherlands’ only faculty of veterinary medicine
- HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, with campuses in both Utrecht and Amersfoort
- HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, one of the largest universities for arts, media and culture in Europe
- Nyenrode Business University, an internationally recognised business school
- SOMT University of Physiotherapy, the first physiotherapy university in the Netherlands
Access to multilingual talent
The Dutch are among the most multilingual people in the world. Some 90% of the population are proficient in English and many speak German and French as well. With more than 170 nationalities, Utrecht Region also has a large pool of native speakers of a wide variety of languages.
The region’s prime location and first-rate connections guarantee access to a virtually inexhaustible pool of talent. The high quality of life on offer makes it easy to both attract and retain qualified workers. The country’s progressive immigration laws simplify the recruitment of global talent. To provide further assistance, Utrecht Region has set up a portal to accommodate and support international workers and students wishing to relocate to the region.
Welcoming international talent and their families
Utrecht Region’s business ecosystem includes more than 1,000 foreign companies and 60,000 international employees, graduates and students. The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region is a one-stop shop where newcomers can acquire assistance with formalities and official matters, including those related to work and residence permits, and practical information about living, working and studying in Utrecht Region. The region also has several primary and secondary schools that offer bilingual English and Dutch education. The International School Utrecht, an International Baccalaureate World School, will move into a new, state-of-the art building in 2020, which will accommodate 1,000 children.
Finding the right people
Companies based in the region have access to a workforce of eight million highly skilled professionals living within an hour of Utrecht. Our Invest Team will be happy to connect you to our network of partners who can assist you in finding the right employees for your company.
“I am very happy that Fujitsu is located in Utrecht Region. We need highly educated, skilled employees. Our office is so easy to reach by car and public transport that our people can live wherever they like. One of our customers once said that Fujitsu is a global company with a local touch, small enough to care and big enough to deliver. Being in Utrecht makes that possible.”
Bas de Reus
Managing Director Fujitsu Netherlands