Another 5 new Knowledge Brokers are in their final year at HAS University of Applied Sciences

News 18 September 2015

"This year, for the first time, we have 5 Knowledge Brokers instead of 4."

At HAS University of Applied Sciences, there is a new group of Knowledge Brokers every six months. Knowledge Brokers are students who have chosen to complete their studies through the special Knowledge Broker programme. During this period they are an important link between HAS University of Applied Sciences and businesses. They forge links for the long term and strengthen the network. A key requirement is that they must be able to assist students who want to work in the animal husbandry and animal care sector. This year, for the first time, we have 5 Knowledge Brokers instead of 4.

Poultry Knowledge Broker

“I’m Gydo van den Boomen. I’m 23 and I live on a broiler farm in Someren. I am taking the Business Administration & Agribusiness study programme in Den Bosch. The Knowledge Broker programme makes it easier for HAS and businesses in the poultry sector to come into contact with one another. I believe it’s important for the education sector and business to work together, as the students’ future will be in business. That’s why I chose to be a Knowledge Broker. For me personally it is also a good way to get involved in the poultry sector and develop on a personal level. I hope to raise awareness of the poultry sector among students, as too few graduates are interested in the poultry sector. The sector has a lot to offer the students.”

Pork Knowledge Broker

“My name is Kim Geurts. I’m 24 and I live in Grashoek. I’m a fourth year Animal Husbandry & Animal Care student. I was born and bred on my parents’ pig farm and since I turned 18 I’ve been working there in my free time as well. Within the pork sector, I’m particularly interested in nutrition and health; after I finish my studies I would like to work in one of these fields on the periphery of the sector. As Pork Knowledge Broker, I want to meet people in the sector to expand my network and obtain more information about the opportunities available to me in the future. I would also like to help both businesses and students to come into contact with one another.”

Dairy Knowledge Broker

“I’m Sophie van Kilsdonk. I’m 22 and I live in Oss. I’m studying Animal Husbandry & Animal Care and for the next six months I will be the Dairy Knowledge Broker. For me, the Knowledge Broker programme means getting actively involved in the sector. I’m the link between business and the education sector. This is a really important job because I think both sides have a lot to learn from one another. Projects initiated by business give students a clear picture of how the sector is structured. And students bring a fresh approach to a company. I had no hesitation in deciding to finish my studies this way. I really want to distinguish myself from the rest and I believe this is a good opportunity to meet lots of different people in the sector. Making connections with people and ultimately being the connection between business and education, that’s my aim.”

Horse Knowledge Broker

I’m Stefanie Scholtens, aged 24 and living in Zoetermeer. I’m studying Animal Husbandry & Animal Care and am passionate about horses and the equestrian sector. As the Horse Knowledge Broker I am the link between the students, the University of Applied Sciences and business. When businesses have a topic for a project or traineeship assignment I’m happy to help them get in touch with the right student or arrange for their research topic to be covered in a project as part of the study programme. My aim as Horse Knowledge Broker is to expand my network and expertise. I have chosen to finish my studies this way to gain more insight into the connections and ways businesses can work together within the equestrian sector.”

Animal Knowledge Broker

My name is Nathalie and I’m the new Animal Knowledge Broker. I’m now in my fourth year on the Animal Husbandry & Animal Care study programme. Being the Animal Knowledge Broker is a very special way of finishing my studies, as I have taken on the challenge of establishing this role for the first time. I have been given a great deal of freedom to accommodate my own special interests in carrying out this task. Where my colleagues already have a ready-made network available to them, the main focus of my activities will be establishing contacts. As Knowledge Broker I can put students in touch with companies, for activities such as traineeships, projects and work experience. I am also working to create a more detailed profile of the student who elects to specialise in Animal Husbandry within the Animal Husbandry & Animal Care study programme. I hope that this will allow me to provide a clearer picture of the job market for our future graduates.”