A delegation of 12 Dutch companies and universities will comprise one of the largest representations of countries participating in the 22nd annual European Career Fair hosted by MIT, February 24-26.

The Netherlands and the United States share a strong economic relationship. The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of the largest foreign investors in the US, and maintains its place as the No. 1 destination for American investments abroad.

Representatives from leading Dutch high-tech companies, universities and organizations including Academic Transfer, High Tech NL, TU Delft, University of Leiden, University of Groningen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Philips, ASML, TNO, VDL, Prodrive Technologies, and Vanderlande, will make their pitch to the more than 4,000 students and professionals attending the ECF.

The Netherlands holds the No. 3 ranking on the 2017 Global Innovation Index, and the nation is recognized as being a hub of innovation and technology. The European Career Fair presents companies from around the world the opportunity to meet with American and international students and professionals who are interested in working abroad.

During the European Career Fair, the organizations from the Netherlands will present themselves in the “Dutch Lane.”

The day before the start of the career fair, Dutch representatives will host a networking session dedicated to those students and professionals who want to learn more about refining their skills in the Netherlands. At the reception, companies will give presentations on working at Dutch companies and universities, followed by a two-hour networking session.

The networking session will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. February 23 at CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109, 20th floor, Lighthouse West.

The Netherlands has participated in the ECF for 11 years.

Members of the media are invited to attend “Meet Your Future Dutch Employer,” and speak with Dutch representatives. Kathleen Fownes, an American employee of Prodrive Technologies, will be available to discuss her company’s goal to hire people to work in their offices in Boston and in the Netherlands, and to tell about her experience working for a Dutch company.

Reporters who want to attend the session or speak with Dutch representatives, should contact Walter de Wit, Innovation Attaché at the Holland Innovation Network in Boston, at walter@nost-boston.org or 202-615-7168.