The maritime industry is one of the most internationally operating high-tech industries. Therefore it is of high importance for both the Dutch maritime companies and the future engineers to gain insight in cultures, markets and innovations abroad. At the same time modern-day students are very interested in making contacts, gaining work experience and seeing places around the world.
Since its founding in 1986 the MATSO foundation has been very successful in stimulating students to do work on a project basis for a company to raise funds for a study trip or an internship abroad. MATSO coordinates the agreements between companies and students and has done so without any complaints for more than 25 years.