The Foundation was instituted in 1986 on the initiative of H.R.H. Prince Claus of The Netherlands and Professor Dr. W.J.F. Beks, neurosurgeon in Groningen. Since then the Dutch  Foundation  has  organized postgraduate  medical  courses  at  the University of  Indonesia in Jakarta  and  at  the Airlangga  University in Surabaya  in a continuous collaboration  with  the  staff  of  the medical faculties of  both universities.

The  main purpose  of  the  Foundation  is  to  support  health  care in Indonesia by sharing medical expertise  in  fields  indicated  by  Indonesian  physicians. This is done by postgraduate medical courses and symposia in which Dutch and Indonesians actively participate.  The courses are given by Dutch medical specialists, who generously contribute their time and expertise.