Hon. Sharad Pawar and Peter van Dongen sign agreement

During the trade mission of prime minister Rutte, minister Ploumen and state secretary Dijksma to India in June, some projects in which VHL University of Applied Sciences plays a part were on the agenda. A number of representatives of VHL joined the politicians on their journey.

Joint education programme

For four years now VHL University of Applied Sciences and ADT, the Indian Agricultural Development Trust, have been offering a joint education programme. Students do the first two years of their education in Baramati, India, and the third and fourth year at VHL in Velp/Wageningen.

‘LivingLab’ India

At the prestigious ‘LivingLab’ in Baramati VHL and ADT work together on questions from the business sector in the fields of Dairy & Food, Water Technology and sustainable Value Chain development. These are fields in which both VHL and ADT have a lot of expertise.


Students, teachers and researchers from the Netherlands and India cooperate in finding innovative and sustainable solutions for Dutch and Indian companies in the aforementioned fields. In the ‘LivingLab’ the projects are set up and carried out in cooperation with the business sector. Peter van Dongen (Chairman Board of Governors VHL University of Applied Sciences) and the former Minister of Agriculture of India signed the contract for this cooperation in the presence of prime minister Rutte on June 5th.

Midday Meal Scheme

One of the projects in ‘LivingLab’ India is the Midday Meal Scheme. A number of students of VHL is doing research in Baramati into the quality of the lunches for school kids. They are doing the research at a school in the country as well as at a school in the city, addressing food safety, nutrients and the way the food chain is set up. Ultimately the students will present their findings to State Secretary Dijksma and a few other important stakeholders, like DSM, Unilever and Unicef.

Sustainable world

Initiatives like these projects in India are an excellent way for VHL to carry out our mission to educate high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who will contribute to a sustainable world.

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