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I achieved more than I could have dreamt

Laura van Zonneveld

Laura van Zonneveld started with a vocational education, moved on to Van Hall Larenstein and finished with a master. ‘I  found a room in a nice dormitory and started studying Applied Animal Sciences at Van Hall Larenstein.  read more

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I would like to inspire other young entrepreneurs

Tran is a third year student of the Bachelor International Business. She chose International Sustainability Management because Sustainablity becomes more and more essential for modern life.  read more

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Product manager at Eurofins Agro

Robin Wolf, graduate Animal Husbandry

Robin Wolf is a graduate of Van Hall Larenstein. He started his bachelor studies Livestock Management at Van Hall Larenstein in 2006. During his studies he was formally introduced with the agricultural sector and life as a student. A great combination!  read more

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Just do what you love!

Vivian, alumna Equine, Sports and Business

Vivian, alumni of Equine Sports & Business, talks about her passion for online marketing and how studying at Van Hall Larenstein has prepared her for that. The prospect of working with horses made her confident that she was going to be successful no matter what.  read more

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I’d choose the same study…

Marleen Middeldorp, alumna Applied Animal Science

Marleen Middeldorp studied Animal Husbandry in Velp and specialised in Applied Animal Science. At the moment she is doing her Master’s degree in Animal Science at Wageningen University.  read more

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John Dofrian reviews flowery visit

John Dofrian at International Trade Fair Aalsmeer

Students of the Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management and Bachelor students went on a trip to Aalsmeer and Vijfhuizen to visit the International Trade Fair, which was organised in November 2016 by Flora Holland.  read more

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Organising the biggest equine event in Europe

Caroline Dach, alumna Equine, Sports and Business

Alumna Caroline Dach is Event Manager at Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH where she is part of the team that organises the biggest equine event in Europe: EQUITANA in Essen, Germany. Read how her Bachelor Equine, Sports and Business prepared her for this job.  read more

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Follow your dreams and start small!

Annika Pohle, alumna Equine, Sports and Business

Right after her graduation Annika Pohle started working as a self-employed horse riding teacher in Recklinghausen. She prepared herself for her new role by focusing on sport science during the last year of her bachelor programme.  read more

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I like the study environment of VHL

Aijia Zhang, student Agribusiness and Business Administration

Aijia is a fourth year student of Agricultural Business and Business Administration at VHL. It’s her second year of studying in The Netherlands. She participates in the ‘2+2 programme’ in corporation with Yunnan Agricultural University in China.  read more

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A good preparation for an international career

Joris Baars, student Disaster Recovery Management during internship

Joris Baars is a third year student of International Development Management and he is specialising in Disaster Risk Management. What appealed to him most, was the international character of this study.  read more

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Costs reduced by more than 33%

Wessel Wijnja, graduate Food Technology

Wessel Wijnja studied Food Technology at VHL University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. He chose to specialise in Process Engineering. For his graduate project he did research on decreasing the waste flow in the sweets factory Cloetta Holland in Sneek.  read more

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Tough but instructive!

Joris Zwemmer during internship in Taiwan

Joris Zwemmer studies Agribusiness and Business Administration. He specialised in Business Administration. In his second year he did a work placement at Formosa Horticulture Group in Taiwan. Working in a different (company) culture turned out to be very instructive!  read more

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Exploring new possibilities

Injection machine

Luuk Zegers studied Food Technology at VHL University of Applied Sciences. His grad-year work placement was at Vaessen-Schoemaker B.V., a company that develops and produces functional ingredients for bakeries and meat products businesses.  read more

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An all-rounder!

Sign Natuurmonumenten

Jesse Bakker is a fourth-year student of Land and Water Management who specialized in Civil Engineering. He is now doing a work placement at GWW-Ingenieurs, where he works as a planning engineer.  read more

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Special soup for children

Jelmer Stoffelsma is a third year student Food Technology at VHL in Leeuwarden. In the module Food Product Development he was part of a project team concerned with the development of a soup especially for children.  read more

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A lot of freedom

Spring rolls in canteen Leeuwarden

Nathalie de Groot is a third year student Food Technology at VHL University of Applied Sciences. Last year she was president of a project group concerned with the development of a healthy, vegetarian snack.  read more

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The technical side of food

Douwe van der Zee is a third year student Food Technology at VHL University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, with the specialisations Food Technology and Process Engineering. In the third year he was president of a project team concerned with the improvement of banana chips.  read more

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Dare to dream

Ivan de Wit with meal

After his study Ivan de Wit worked for a short time at H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten in Utrecht. He wanted to move back to Brabant, so he looked for another good and challenging job. He found one at Grontmij Eindhoven.  read more

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Walter Lemstra talks about Environment

Walter Lemstra

After high school Walter Lemstra wanted to do a ‘green’ study. After visiting an open day at VHL University of Applied Sciences he knew which one: Environment.  read more

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Tidal turbines are booming business

Graduate Albert Jan van der Wal studied Coastal and Marine Management at VHL and is now working at Tocardo, a company that makes tidal turbines for generating sustainable energy. He is in charge of business development. And business is flourishing!  read more

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A pleasant place

Janneke van den Tillaart reads magazine

Janneke van den Tillaart studies Land and Water Management. ‘Beforehand I had a certain image of this study: that it would be quite broad, with many different aspects of water and landscapes and exact knowledge and skills. As it turns out, this is almost exactly the way it is.’  read more

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I owe everything to working hard

Lonneke IJsseldijk

Lonneke IJsseldijk studied Coastal and Marine Management at VHL University of Applied Sciences. During her study she worked as a volunteer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of VPDC of the University of Utrecht. They offered her a job there even before she graduated in 2013.  read more

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Happy at the beach and at sea!

Olivier Kramer dives during internship in Thailand

Olivier Kramer is a third-year student of Coastal and Marine Management. In 2013 he did a work placement in Thailand, where he was part of an international team that protects the reefs.  read more

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Wild studs in Latvia

After high school Linda Colijn followed a short course in Animal Care and Veterinary Support and thereafter enrolled for Animal Management. For her internship, she did research for an organisation that investigates and aims to improve the relationship between humans and animals.  read more

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A fascination for weird animals

Farmer's son Tjibbe Stelwagen was a social worker for eight years. He always kept a fascination for the sea.  read more

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Passing on knowledge in Saudi-Arabia

Ted Hilderink with camel

Ted Hilderink studied Animal Husbandry. It brought him to Saudi-Arabia, where he is a teacher now.  read more

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More attention for mastitis

livestock management with production animal and livestock and cow

Monica van der Hall did her work placement at UCGN (Udder Health Care Centre Netherlands). She was one of the initiators of a contest that led to more knowledge of infection of the udders (mastitis).  read more

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Hear from a student

What I like about studying at VHL is that what I'm learning is not just theory. Every term we go to a practical training centre and get to see and work with the animals that we're studying and the machineries.  read more

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Third prize Academic Student Promotion Award for Manon

Manon Morsch (22) won third prize with her thesis on accidents in eventing, a special branch of equestrian sports.  read more

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First prize Academic Student Promotion Award for Suzanne

Suzanne van Dijk (23) won first prize with her thesis on 'Ethics And The Welfare Of The Elite Competition Horse'.  read more

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I could not have made a better choice

Maris Van der Baan is a student of Forestry and Nature Management.  read more

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The importance of bogs in peat areas

Tim van Leeuwen does research

Tim van Leeuwen studies Nature and Landscape Engineering. His graduate project is about peat bogs: flooded pits in peat areas that that gradually fill themselves again with peat and contain many rare plants.  read more

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From hard woods to heat treated wood

Boris Bakker rapidly found a job in the wood sector after his graduation. He is working as a salesman of heat treated wood at Plato International.

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More awareness in timber trade

During her study, Frida van der Veen founded her own consultancy firm in the area of responsible forest management and wood use.  read more

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Ponies, probiotics and poo

dieren in de zorg with animals and horses in pasture

Annemarie Veth did her work placement at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht. ‘It was a unique experience. I did research on the effects of probiotics on the intestinal bacteria of horses. It’s quite tough, but also very interesting.’  read more

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Her very own ‘zorgboerderij’

Marlou Meeren with calfs in the stall

Marlou Meeren did the specialization Animals Assisted Therapy and now runs her own ‘zorgboerderij’. Her training matched her ambitions perfectly.  read more

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What I can do, you can do as well!

After Maggie Muurmans graduated, she started a foundation for the protection of sea turtles in Indonesia.This brought her the prestigious Future for Nature Award, handed over to her by Sir Richard Attenborough.  read more

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Unusual is very normal to me

Graduate of Animal Management Klaas Jan Leinenga works as manager educative tours at Safaripark Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek. In his job, he enjoys a highlight every day.  read more

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Start working with, not against nature

Katrin Markull from Germany studies Coastal and Marine Management. Her interest lies in the relationship between coastal defence and giving room to nature.  read more

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Water in Eritrea

Water is the source of all life. But water can also cause a lot of problems. We have all seen images of rivers whose banks have burst and each year the damage caused is more severe.  read more

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Working with cheetahs every day

Teresia Robitschko, student Animal Management, did a five month work placement at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia.  read more

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Gardening in Dubai

Hans Penders, Garden and Landscape Architecture student in Velp followed a half year internship in the wealthy city of Dubai.  read more

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Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana

‘I lead the Extension Team, which supports Cocoa Abrabopa's farmers and trains them to use natural pest control agents and fertiliser correctly. This resulted in a doubling of the harvest in the first year alone, later rising to an increase of 400%!’  read more

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Working on the resilience to natural disasters

Graduate International Development Management, Wouter Bokdam, works as a Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor at Care Netherlands.  read more

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Lots of work in crop improvement

Martijn Olij does spinach research

Martijn Olij’s parents weren’t market gardeners, but they did have a vegetable garden, where Martijn ruled. Ever since he was young he wanted to work with plants, and now he studies Horticulture and Arable Farming at VHL University of Applied Sciences.  read more

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The perfect combination

Sandra van de Galiën in field

Sandra van de Galiën is a second-year student of Horticulture and Arable Farming at VHL University of Applied Sciences. ‘You learn the theory at school and put it into practice during your work placement. This is a very instructive formula!’  read more

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Lilies, geraniums and daisies in Kenya

young geranium plants in greenhouse

In the third year of his specialization in International Horticulture and Marketing Geert Rooijakkers went to Kenya for a work placement. He worked for Sjaak Nannes, an outstanding entrepreneur, who participates in various companies  read more

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Fruit cultivation in New Zealand

My name is Carmen and I'm studying Agribusiness and Business Administration at Van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden.   read more

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Roses in Ethiopia

Regina Ensing in Ethiopia

Regina Ensing studies Horticulture and Arable Farming at VHL University of Applied Sciences. During her work placement in Ethiopia she found out that she would like to work in greenhouse farming management.  read more

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Understanding the fodder market

Team De Heus Agro Nieuw-Roden (The Netherlands)

Rein-Jan Adema is studying Agribusiness and Business Administration at VHL University of Applied Sciences and is specialising in Business Administration. He did his work placement at an animal nutrition company in Nieuw-Roden, where he set up a new logistic plan.  read more

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My future will be in education

Pepijn Ott used to be a rider at a stud farm, but it was too limited for him. He followed the programme Equine, Leisure and Sports and ended up in England and Sweden.  read more

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Minor abroad

Rianne Bijwaard is a fourth year student in Applied Animal Sciences in Wageningen. As part of her studies she has to follow a module, either related or unrelated to her studies, at another university or university of applied sciences in the Netherlands or abroad.  read more

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A chance to learn about the business operations

Rianne Mennink followed a five-week internship at the Equestrian Centre in West Brabant. She participated in the daily running of the company and compiled an analysis of the business.  read more

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Presenting thesis in Dublin

Olga Braat (23) had the opportunity to present her thesis in Dublin, at the International Equitation Science Conference.  read more

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My work mainly consists of lobbying

In some positions, a lot of lobbying has to be done. This is a matter of careful consideration, tactics, diplomacy and decisiveness. Graduate of Livestock Management Henk Boelrijk knows all about it.  read more

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Chasing my dream

Katrina Franken studied Animal Husbandry and specialised in Equine Sports & Business.


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Fresh perspectives

Erik van Erk

Erik van Erk is Manager Masterplanning & Sales at RBK Groep, where students of VHL University of Applied Sciences do their work placements. ‘In the future we will certainly deploy more VHL students. That’s not only very useful, but it’s also a way for us to recruit the aces!’  read more

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Not just the big picture, but the details too


If you’re planning on visiting the Veluwe, you’re bound to see one of the wildlife observation posts designed by Simon Marsman, third-year student of Garden Architecture at VHL University of Applied Sciences.  read more

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A school with an international dimension

Kevin de Cuba

Kevin de Cuba studied Environment at VHL University of Applied Sciences. He’s from the Caribbean island of Aruba, where VHL has a good reputation.  read more

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Enjoying nature during study

Rianne Pastoor at the seaside

Rianne Pastoor is a second-year student of Environment at VHL University of Applied Sciences. Her specialization is Nature and Environment.  read more

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A varied education, so take a good look around!

Marijke Schat in a garden

Marijke Schat is a first-year student of Biotechnology, Forensic Sciences at VHL University of Applied Sciences. She’s not sure what career to choose, but with this study she’ll have the opportunity to find out.  read more

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Science on a very practical level

Klaas van der Laan working in a laboratory

First-year student of Biotechnology Klaas van der Laan first did a lower vocational training. What he likes about Biotechnology is that scientific questions are approached in a very practical way.  read more

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Most important competence is probably teamwork

Student with erlenmeyer flask in a laboratory

Graduate of VHL University of Applied Sciences in Biotechnology Jelte-Jan Reitsma is a researcher at Genmab B.V. in Utrecht. He works in a lab as a Research Associate in Cell and Molecular Sciences. He focuses on protein production.  read more

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Making the world greener through chemistry

Joris Blaak in a laboratory

Joris Blaak studied Chemistry at VHL University of Applied Sciences and recently graduated. He’s very enthusiastic about the study’s focus on the green possibilities with chemistry.  read more

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Inspiration, innovation and variety

aycha bleeker

Aycha Bleeker is a fourth-year student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at VHL University of Applied Sciences. She specializes in Biomedical Research.  read more

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Individual and project-based work

amarja koers

Amarja Koers is a fourth-year student of Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at VHL University of Applied Sciences. She is currently specialising in Biomedical Research, a subject that contains theory as well as practice-based learning.  read more

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Keep on learning

arnout bruinink

Arnout Bruinink studied Chemical Engineering at VHL University of Applied Sciences and currently works as a Process Engineer at Tetra Pak. ‘This job is my passion. The fact that it also pays well is a bonus.’  read more

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Really welcome

Andries Louw Wolthuizen

Andries Louw Wolthuizen studies Chemical Engineering at VHL University of Applied Sciences. ‘You’re really welcome in the business world, which you notice all around. I already work at FrieslandCampina while I’m still studying.’  read more

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Hands-on training for an adventurous career

Boat near to drilling platform

David Kuilboer was looking for a practical education with the prospect for an adventurous career. He found it at VHL University of Applied Sciences, where he studies Petrochemistry and Offshore.  read more

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Great market for chemical technologists

Marieke Zeinstra works with computer

Marieke Zeinstra studied Chemical Engineering at VHL University of Applied Sciences and still is (for now) project engineer at Life Sciences R&D. This is already her third job. She hasn’t been unemployed for a day and doesn’t expect to be.  read more

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The perfect study for lovers of variation

franciska prosje

Franciska Prosje is a research chemist at Syncom. Before that she did a bachelor in Chemistry at VHL University of Applied Sciences.  read more

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Not into the lab, but into education

Marleen Bosch with computer

Marleen Bosch studied Chemistry at VHL University of Applied Sciences. She did her work placement at KNCV, the fellowship for chemistry, life sciences, process technology and (bio)molecular sciences.  read more

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Testing bacteria and protein in tubes

Christa Smink

Some people are fascinated by the technical aspects of food. The chemical processes, the structure, the reactions with other substances… Christina Smink, Food Technology student, is one of those people.  read more

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Dealing with production losses

Gerke Nutma

In every production process some produce is declared unfit. More often than not it just gets thrown out. But perhaps one could try to find a way to recycle it. Gerke Nutma, student of Food Technology did research on this subject at a company active in spice production.  read more

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Don’t be afraid to get dirty hands

Rick Wolbers, student Land and Water Management

Rick Wolbers studies Land and Water Management at VHL University of Applied Sciences in Velp. He’ll graduate this year. In 2014 he took part in De Noorderlingen, a programme for students who want to develop their business idea into their own company.  read more

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Not a number, but a real person

Wilmer Porte, student applied geography

As a student advisor, first-year Applied Geography student Wilmer Porte regularly gives future students information about his study. It’s a task that suits him. His own enthusiasm about the study provides him with lots of things to talk about.  read more

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Focus on your future

Christian van Urk

The only thing Christian van Urk knew, was that he wanted to study something that had to do with geography. He looked for a green education with lots of practice and a focus on nature and geography. He’s doing the specialization Applied Geography at VHL and it suits him to a T.  read more

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Innovation and guts

Ingrid Blom

Ingrid Blom graduated in Management of the Living Environment at VHL. After that she went on studying at Wageningen University. In her opinion the master Leisure, Tourism and Environment attunes perfectly to Management of the Living Environment.  read more

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It’s all very exciting

Laura Mol with motor cycle

Laura Mol is a fourth-year student Environment, her specialization is Water Technology and Water Quality. At the moment she’s graduating at the Waterboard Velt en Vecht.  read more

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Learned and experienced a lot!

Kevin Nota, student Forensic Sciences, in laboratory

During his junior work placement in the second year of Forensic Sciences, Kevin Nota researched the average colour of cremated bones. The research was commissioned by forensic physical anthropologist Tristan Krap, lecturer at VHL University of Applied Sciences.  read more

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I fell in love with South Africa

Lieke van Klink did her bachelor Equine Leisure and Sports at VHL. She is working on the last bits of her Master programme Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol. Read more about her Master thesis and how her bachelor at VHL prepared her for this.  read more

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Broadened view on career field

Niels Veldkamp

Niels Veldkamp, second year student of Agribusiness and Business Administration, is doing his work placement in Zambia. It is an exploratory internship, aiming to broaden the knowledge and insight in the agrarian sector and to acquire experience.  read more

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Sustainable development at Heineken

The programme International Business and specialising in International Sustainability Management has definitely been the right choice for Feym Akdas and opened many doors for him. He got the chance to write his thesis and do his internship at Heineken.  read more

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From creation to realisation

Robbert-Jan Legtenberg, student Garden and Landscape Architecture

Robbert-Jan Legtenberg is a third year student of Garden and Landscape Architecture at VHL University of Applied Sciences.  At the moment he is doing his work placement at West 8.  read more

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It’s important to be flexible and open-minded

Nathalie Bromberg, student Forestry and Nature Management

Nathalie Bromberg is a student of Forestry and Nature Management specialising in People and Nature. At the moment she’s in England for her work placement, setting up a nature education programme for underachieving adolescents.  read more

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Join a fraternity!

Joost Buursma, student Forestry and Nature Management

Joost Buursma got into contact with VHL University of Applied Sciences at a career fair, when he was still in high school. In 2014 he visited VHL on two open days and did an orientation day. By now he’s busy wrapping up his first year of Forestry and Nature Management.  read more

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Start off with a bang!

Excavator at work

Dave Hersbach is a third-year student of Land and Water Management. He recently did a work placement at Boskalis Nederland where he took part in the project ‘Ruimte voor de rivier’ (Room for the river) in Deventer. His work placement started off with a bang…  read more

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Relaxed atmosphere

Interview with Evelien de Olde about her internship during the second year of Applied Animal Science.  read more

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Corporate social responsibility analysis

During her third year, Sabine Waschull had the opportunity to apply her knowledge to a real life sustainability project. The Friesian, a dairy consultancy company, approached students of IBMS to research corporate social responsibility.  read more

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International career

Saskia Feldmann

Saskia Feldmann is a student of IBMS at VHL University of Applied Sciences. `This study is strong in its practical approach in addition to the much-needed theory.’  read more

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