Networks and partnerships

VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) operates in a range of international domains. Whether it is food, water, animals or business, these topics function within an increasingly international environment. VHL is therefore active in over 150 partnerships and networks around the world. This enables us to improve the quality of our education, employees and research and it is crucial to prepare our students for an international career.

We are passionate about our cooperation with strategic partners, other universities and the professional field at the regional, national and international level. This allows us to share knowledge, information and experiences and (further) build on joint ambitions deliver sustainable projects. We want to fulfil a leading role and be proactive in bringing together parties in society in order to work together on the sustainable development of the professional fields. 

Living labs

A Living Lab is an instrument to facilitate collaboration and the joint development of applied knowledge in close collaboration with the industry and governments. The essence is the development of human capital. The Living Lab is led by higher education and focuses on a triple-helix collaboration between government, entrepreneurs and educational institutions. It connects companies and governments with universities and research bodies by supplying students, professors and researchers who can apply their expertise to real-life challenges.

VHL has been active in several Living Labs in countries such as China, India and Romania and India with many successful results. The Living Lab in India for example investigated how, by smart combinations of existing and new technologies, the cow-varieties and milk- and stable-management systems for family farmers could be optimized in an affordable and sustainable way. The project developed a set of integrated systems and products which were adapted to the Indian climate and market conditions and these were implemented by local dairy farms.