Growing as experts in transition

VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is an international university of applied sciences and the most sustainable university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. As a knowledge institute we combine education, delivered by passionate experts, and applied research within the various professorships. We train our students to become high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world.

VHL has chosen a clear profile with two related areas of focus with which we differentiate ourselves from other universities of applied sciences. VHL is based on two locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden and Velp.

With the Strategic Plan 'Growing as experts in transition' we give direction to our education and research for the period 2022-2025. It is the expression of the future of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and a guideline for our policy plans and annual evaluations. The plan came about thanks to the input of many partners, students, alumni and HVHL colleagues.

In essence, it is about 4 transitions, much-needed changes, which are crucial for a future-proof world. We make an important contribution to these transitions in collaboration with the professional field and the government. We are therefore faced with a very beautiful and great task that we will shape together in the coming period.


Sustainable focus

Climate change, globalisation, a growing world population and digitalisation have global effects. Everywhere in the world there is a need for knowledge and highly educated people who can contribute in finding solutions to problems in the field of preservation and sustainable use of land and water, biodiversity, food security and the transfer to a bio-based economy.

Based on its position as a university of applied sciences in the ‘green’ domain with multiple locations and an international network, VHL can make a sustainable contribution to a better world.

International orientation

VHL is an international university of applied sciences with an internationally oriented study environment. The work field the students of VHL are prepared for is increasingly internationally focused and has a multicultural character. This means that the acquiring of competences concerning the skill of working in an international environment is not only important for students who aspire to work abroad, but also for students who wish to stay in the Netherlands. By incorporating international competences into the curriculum of the study programmes, VHL matches the ambition towards internationalisation as formulated by the VSNU (Association of universities in the Netherlands) and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.