Partnerships with universities

VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) has a strong network of partner universities. The level of cooperation which each of our partners differs. Our most powerful connections are those with universities we have combined our education programmes with.

INVEST – European University

VHL is one of the 5 partners in the INVEST alliance, a partnership between selected European universities that together form one so-called 'European University'. The INVEST alliance focuses its activities on students of Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes and on the academic and non-academic staff of the alliance partners.

More information about INVEST can be found on the INVEST page.


Since 2010 Van Hall Larenstein is active in Baramati, India. We started our collaboration with the Agriculture Development Trust Baramati in a 2+2 /twinning programme which means that students study for 2 years in Baramati/India and then join Van Hall Larenstein in their 3rd year and 4th year of the Bachelor in Agribusiness and Administration. Most students will end their study with a Van Hall Larenstein degree and an Indian MPKV degree.  We also started a 3+1 program, leading only to an Indian, MPKV degree, where students study for 1 year at VHL, in a certificate program. In 2015 we also started a 2+2 programme in Animal Husbandry together, again leading to an double degree.   

Nowadays we surrounded these study programs with applied research projects and Living Labs where students and staff can work on projects that are important for the Indo-Dutch collaboration. We work together with Indo-Dutch companies, ngo’s and knowledge institutes on different subjects: 

  • Setting up an Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence in Horticulture in Baramati 
  • Providing training to different groups together with Dutch knowledge institutes, eg. train the trainer programs 
  • Setting up an CoE in Dairy in Baramati 
  • Incubator programs in India and the Netherlands 
  • Improving possibilities for Indian rural youth by guiding start-ups and business opportunities.  

Yunnan Agricultural University

There is also a long-standing relationship of over 15 years with the Yunnan Agricultural University in China. Chinese students can follow a so called 2+2 programme in which they study the first two years in China and the third and fourth year at VHL.