HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo continues to grow

News 12 April 2017
Venlo continues to grow HAS University

"The further development of higher education and academic research presents Venlo and the surrounds area with considerable opportunities."

The number of students at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo will almost double over the coming years from over 400 to 800. To facilitate this rapid growth, the Province of Limburg and the Municipality of Venlo providing financial support.

Letter of Intent

On 29 March, HAS University of Applied Sciences, the Municipality of Venlo and the Province of Limburg signed a Letter of Intent covering their cooperation.The financial support is necessary because academic institutions are generally financed by national government based on the number of students registered in the academic year 2 years prior to the current year. This policy results in a deficit for rapidly growing establishments like HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, which got off to a flying start in 2013, as an addition to the Den Bosch campus.

€5 million

At that time, the contribution of €5 million from the Venlo Region and the Province helped make the opening of the new Venlo campus possible. The business case for the development and growth phase of a new campus for a university of applied sciences, however, covers a longer period than in the commercial sector, namely approximately 10 years. The latest investment is for over €5 million. This is in the form of a subsidy (€1.95 million) and partial loan (€2.5 million) from the Province, and a €750,000 subsidy from the Municipality of Venlo.

Extremely enthusiastic

HAS University of Applied Sciences is of great importance to the Province and the Municipality of Venlo. “HAS Venlo strengthens not only education in Venlo, but also the Limburg economy. We are now able to offer education that meets the needs of local business. And we’re seeing that the companies are extremely enthusiastic. No fewer than 80 regional companies are already partners of HAS University of Applied Sciences Venlo, according to the 3 members of the provincial council involved: Twan Beurskens (Economy & Knowledge Infrastructure), Hubert Mackus (Agriculture) and Hans Teunissen (Education).

More attractive for young people

Alderman, Stephan Satijn, sees the investment as follows: “The further development of higher education and academic research presents Venlo and the surrounds area with considerable opportunities. It makes the region more attractive for young people and graduates. The associated knowledge that this brings with it is important for business, for carrying out research in order to facilitate innovation. Moreover, it’s great to see the cooperation is increasing. This will enable us to gradually make the region economically stronger and more attractive.”

Flourishing future

HAS University of Applied Sciences Chairman of the Board of Governors, Dick Pouwels, predicts a flourishing future: “HAS University of Applied Sciences is making its contribution to strengthening the regional economy by providing sound education and research. The cooperation between students, companies and lecturers play an invaluable role. In order to successfully achieve this, we are keen to expand HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo. We expect an annual intake of around 230 students. This means that we will grow towards 800 students. Thanks in part to the municipality and the province, we are now able to realise the further growth.”

Students from Germany

The current 400 students at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo come mainly from Limburg, South-Gelderland and East-Brabant. The expectation is that the campus will also attract students from Germany. HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo also already plays an active role on the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, and students and lecturers carry out applied research for companies across North-Limburg.

Study programmes

The study programmes at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, Business Studies & Agribusiness (Bedrijfskunde & Agribusiness) and Applied Biology (Toegepaste Biologie) started in 2013. Two further bachelor degree programmes were added in 2014 and 2015: Food Innovation and International Farm Management.  These study programmes focus on business, nature, the environment, plants, animals, humans, food and design. Further expansion is taking place with the development of Dutch and internal minors such as Hightech Agrosystems and Applied Biomics, in cooperation with Fontys University of Applied Sciences.