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Het Nieuwe Instituut has an international perspective for its programming and R&D that reflects the fact that design operates in a global field and presents itself on a global stage. 

From its inception, Het Nieuwe Instituut has positioned itself as an organisation with an international scope. This is reflected in the institute’s three long-term research tracks, its exhibitions programme, its many activities abroad and the contribution of numerous foreign researchers, designers, makers, critics and curators to its activities. The State Archive of (Dutch) Architecture is also part of an international dialogue through its loans to foreign museums and the role the collection plays in many internationally oriented exhibitions.

The institute has several formal international responsibilities. These include an extremely successful guest programme that introduces foreign professionals to the world of Dutch design, and curating and organising the Netherlands’ participation in international architecture biennales. The institute is also responsible for policy in terms of market expansion. In recent years this has includes the construction of a strong network of exchange between the Netherlands and Germany.

Het Nieuwe Instituut performs three tasks in its role as Coordinator for the Internationalisation of the Creative Industries. It functions as coordinator, it maps talent and it stimulates international exchange of knowledge in areas where the creative industries can be directly involved in social issues.