Limburg: European beacon for young top talents
Young European high potentials visiting southern Limburg for Young European Talent 2018
YET is an inclusive three-day program for 50 top talents from five European countries that is organised on November 13-15, 2018 in Limburg. The talents from France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will participate in interesting and inspiring sessions and lectures by eminent speakers.
For the talents, this means an excellent opportunity to meet other European talents, establish an
international network and boost their knowledge. The event features inspirational visions, revolutionary projects and exclusive insights of renowned speakers from the Netherlands and abroad, at unique locations in the border region of Limburg (such as the Governor’s House, VDL-Nedcar, Brightlands, the Bonnefanten Museum, the Sint-Servaas Basilica and the City Hall of Maastricht).
The 50 talents (between 18 and 35 years of age) are selected for their skills in the fields of politics, business, science, culture and sports, by the embassies and ministries from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. The honorary consuls Ward Vleugels (Germany), Camille Oostwegel (France), Fernand Jadoul (Luxembourg) and Henri van Lidth de Jeude (Belgium) are responsible for the organisation of the YET project.
The aim of the Young European Talent initiative is to structurally facilitate the development of a high-quality international network of future decision makers; put Limburg on the map as an internationally oriented region that looks across national borders – think away the borders – to offer top talents a network for exchanging knowledge and an inspiring environment; establish strong ties between these talents and Limburg by keeping them informed of developments in the fields of politics, business, science, sports and culture.
During Young European Talent 2018 renowned speakers will share their insights to the talents, such as Yves Bertoncini (vice president of the European Movement), Philippe Lalliot (French ambassador to the Netherlands), Dirk Brengelmann (German ambassador to the Netherlands), Theo Bovens (Governor of the Province of Limburg), Maria van der Hoeven (former minister of Education and Economic Affairs), Jennifer van der Leegte (executive vice president VDL Groep), Jaochim Hauser (BMW Munich), Inge Massen (global communications director DSM), Bert Kip (CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus), Margareta Merke (CEO Boostani), Prof. dr. Jöckenhovel (RWTH Aachen), Jo van de Brand (Einstein telescope), Jos van Emden (cyclist Team lotto NL Jumbo), Bert van Marwijk (former footballer and coach), Stijn Huijts (director of the Bonnefanten Museum), John Dautzenberg (dean of the Sint-Servaas Basilica) and Annemarie Penn-Te Strake (mayor of Maastricht).
In 2017 Limburg welcomed 50 top talents from five European countries for a three-day program with renowned speakers (such as Feike Sijbesma, Bert van Marwijk, Jennifer van der Leegte), extraordinary meetings, interesting visits to VDL-Nedcar, Brightlands, Jumping Indoor Maastricht, the Sint-Servaas Basilica, the Bonnefanten Museum and the City Hall of Maastricht etc. The talents (aged 18-35) were selected by the consuls, embassies, ministries and other public services of their countries on the basis of their skills, experience and knowledge in one of the above-mentioned fields.
Due to the great success of the YET project in 2017 the four honorary consuls of Germany, France, Belgium and Luxemburg decided to organise YET in 2018 and the following years. For that reason they established a new foundation under the name ‘Stichting Young European Talent’. The foundation cooperates closely with the Province of Limburg that financially supports the project.
Fernand Jadoul – Honorary Consul for the Grand Duchy Luxembourg
“This group of young ambitious people is the future of Europe. YET is a nice combination of youngsters with a great desire to create their own future and the opportunity for us to invite just them to visit Limburg. These youngsters are all positive minded people who already have shown their skills in their specific field or who have promising ideas and concepts in their minds. How beautiful it is for us to have the chance to welcome these young people in one of the Euregions of Europe with the greatest potential.”
Camille Oostwegel – Honorary Consul for the Republic of France
“It is very special for us to welcome the top talents in Limburg. This entirely matches with the Limburgian tradition and hospitality. But it also fits in with the historical fact that over the centuries we always have looked across borders and still do. YET is an unique project that, as far as we know, nowhere else in Europe is to be found. In this respect too, Limburg thinks ahead and always keeps its open mind across borders.”
Tanja Ritterbex – Limburgian artist in Berlin and participant of YET 2018
“As soon as I heard from the YET project I immediately felt enthusiastic about it. Artists, to a certain extent, tend to isolate themselves from other fields like science or sports. It’s mostly a closed network of artist circles in which you are in. Only rarely contacts are established with other fields, specialisms and topics. For me YET provides a great opportunity to narrow this gap by creating an environment in which a large group of young talented people can come into contact with one another. People of my age, coming from countries that I know quite well and less well. How fortunate am I that this opportunity is offered to me as one of the 10 Dutch talents.”
Ward Vleugels – Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany
“The Young European Talent Program puts young talented people in contact with the potential of our region. The synergy that comes with it, is unprecedented and completely fits the ambitions we formulated for our region. It’s an addition sum where both talents and region will profit from.”