VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) can once again call itself the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands in 2020! When assessing the educational institutions, attention was paid to the integration of sustainability within education, research and operational management and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals within these themes. VHL scored 341 out of 350 points.
The SustainaBul is the ranking of Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences in the field of sustainability. It is an initiative of the national student platform "Students for Tomorrow" with the aim of promoting sustainability within higher education institutions. The ranking is based on the degree to which educational institutions have integrated sustainability into their education, research and business operations. The SustainaBul was awarded for the eighth time this year. This time, due to the corona measures, in the form of an online event called Green Pepper (formerly the National Day for Sustainability in Higher Education -NDDHO).
In addition to obtaining the SustainaBul for the university of applied sciences as a whole, VHL's Forestry and Nature Management program also recently scored its fourth AISHE star. AISHE is the quality mark for Sustainable Higher Education, for assessment by the Hobéon advisory organization. Sustainable development in universities and universities of applied sciences is measured with AISHE. According to the audit team, the training team has "broad expertise in sustainable development and trains students to become change agents with a proactive, enterprising and critical attitude." The Forestry and Nature Management program is the fifth educational program in the Netherlands with this high assessment in the field of sustainability. The other four include VHL's Environmental Sciences and Coastal and Marine Management courses.