HAS University of Applied Sciences congratulates its 12,500th graduate, Gerie Pouwels

News 14 July 2017
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“Gerie is the epitome of what it means to graduate,” according to Jan Denissen, member of the HAS Board of Governors. 

On 13 July 2017 HAS University of Applied Sciences celebrated its 12,500th graduate, when Gerie Pouwels was awarded her first-class honours bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry & Animal Care. “Gerie is the epitome of what it means to graduate,” according to Jan Denissen, member of the HAS Board of Governors. “During her studies, she has acquired a sound practical foundation, learnt to work well with others and solve problems. She is also closely involved in her surroundings and wants to apply her talents in full, to contribute to moving her chosen field forward. To actually make a difference.” Gerie’s parents own a dairy farm, so it’s clear where her passion for cows originated. And this was the reason behind the choice of gift to mark this momentous HAS milestone: a stunning original painting of a cow.

Love of cattle

Senior Lecturer, Annet Roodenburg had already visited Gerie at her family’s dairy farm in Weert, and spoke her parents about their love for their cattle and the dedication to producing high-quality milk. The family believes that, as dairy farmers, their role in society is to produce a good product responsibly. Because, after all, everyone wants to consume healthy food and drink.

70 years HAS

During the 2017-2018 academic year, HAS University of Applied Sciences is celebrating its 70th anniversary. During the past 70 years, HAS has developed into the leading academic institution in its field with a reputation for its personal approach and practical study programmes. Lecturers and students work together with companies on real-life projects, to come up with innovative solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agricultural sector. By continuously encouraging and developing its students’ talents, HAS is able to make a significant contribution in the sector. Together with its partners, it continues to work towards a stronger, more efficient agrifood and living environment sector. Jan Denissen: “Our 12,500th graduate marks a fitting milestone with which to start our anniversary year.”

3,200 students, 500 graduates

HAS University of Applied Sciences currently has 3,200 fulltime students on bachelor degree programmes in either English or Dutch. Each year, around 500 of these graduate. A further 300 students are taking various business education programmes via HAS Training & Consultancy. They are all taught and supported by 450 members of staff. HAS also carries out research and consultancy work.


Fulltime bachelors study programmes

English Bachelors Dutch Bachelors
International Farm Management Business Management & Agribusiness
International Food & Agribusiness Animal Husbandry
Horticulture & Business Management Food Innovation
  Geo Media & Design
  Management of the Environment
  Environmental Studies
  Applied Biology
  Horticulture & Arable Farming
  Food Technology