Palace Noordeinde in pictures

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In 1951, Queen Juliana generously offered part of the royal Paleis Noordeinde to house NUFFIC and the newly formed Institute of Social Studies. At the outset, ISS was very much a pioneering venture, finding its way in development studies and the pedagogic needs of its subject matter. While originally conceived as a teaching Institute, already by 1954 it became apparent that it should also be research-based, making teaching and research two complementary outputs. The first batch of twenty students (most from South and East Asia) attended a two year MA programme, while shorter courses were soon introduced as Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes.

The Palace building was ideally suited for the Institute and the ISS community in the early years. A residential college, students with common interests lived and worked together, with social get-togethers every evening and the Rector and his wife living on the premises.

  • A picture of the Noordeinde Palace as it was when the ISS was housed there from 1952 to 1979.

  • The menu card for the dinner to celebrate the commissioning of the ISS on 10 October 1952.

  • A classroom.

  • The Fifth Congress of the International Political Science Association, September 1952. Registration desk.

  • Tea and cakes and a chance to socialize.

  • Dinner in the Palace Noordeinde was a very formal affair with waitress service.

  • Second Annual International Charity Ball, 9 February 1957.

  • Students playing chess.


  • Students training in fire drill.

  • Using a fire extinguisher.

  • Students collecting money for the the Inundation Disaster Fund, 5 February 1953.

  • In the garden of the Palace in June 1962 (Thanks to Adhish Haldar for this photo).

  • An advertisement for the Postgraduate Diploma course in Public Policy held from September 1969 to May 1970.