Arranged around education and applied research

Both VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) locations are managed by an Education Director and a Research Director. They jointly manage the location in question with clear portfolio allocation, are responsible executing board decisions as well as for the day-to-day operations at the locations. The location directors work closely together with the programme managers.

There are six staff departments to support the education and research on location: Education & Research, HRM, Finance & Control, International Affairs, Management staff and Services.

Location Leeuwarden

Klaas Wybo van der Hoek  - Education Director a.i.
Niek de Boer - Research Director

Associate degree programmes

  • Dairy farming
  • Environmental law

Bachelor programmes

  • Business Administration and Agribusiness
  • Biotechnology (with NHL Stenden)
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Management
  • Forensic Laboratory Research
  • International Business
  • Coastal and Marine Management
  • Management of the Living Environment
  • Environmental Sciences (full-time and part-time)
  • Horticulture and Arable Farming
  • Food Science and Technology

Master programmes

  • Master Innovative Dairy Chain Management (full-time and part-time)

Applied research groups

  • Sustainable Soil Management
  • Organic material for fertile and functional soil management
  • Animal Behaviour, Animal Health and Animal Welfare
  • Bee health
  • Bees and Biodiversity
  • Meadow birds
  • Sustainable Dairy Farming
  • Climate Smart Dairy Value Chains
  • Environmental Impact of Circular Agri and Food Chains
  • Food Physics
  • Dairy process technology
  • Biobased Proteins
  • Safety in the food chain
  • Sustainable Water Systems

Location Velp

Ruth van der Beek - Education Director
Gerard Robijn - Research Director

Associate degree programmes

  • Land and Water Management (full-time and part-time)
  • Garden and landscape design (full-time and part-time)

Bachelor programmes

  • Forest and Nature Management (full-time and part-time)
  • Animal Husbandry
  • International Business in Food and Flowers
  • International Development Management
  • Land and Water Management (full-time and part-time)
  • Management of the Living Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Garden and landscape design (full-time and part-time)

Master programmes

  • Agricultural Production Chain Management
  • Management of Development

Applied research groups

  • Circular Economy and Water Resources Management
  • Sustainable Landscape Management
  • Management of Forested Landscapes
  • Oil palm and tropical forests
  • Sustainable River Management
  • Sustainable Water Systems in the Environment Act
  • Sustainable Agribusiness in Metropolitan Areas
  • Ethics of disaster risk management

Support services

Education & Research
Wendela Schlebaum - manager

Antoinette Wolters - manager

Finance & Control
Perry van Dongen - manager

International Affairs
Jannet Lavalette - manager

Executive Staff
Arno Smals -  Executive Secretary

Executive Board


  • Judith van den Hul - Head of Marketing & Communication
  • Frank Dekkers - Head of Student Service Center a.i.
  • Karen Kempkes - Head of Facility Services
  • Dominique Lemoine - Head of ICT