Description of HAS University of Applied Sciences
HAS University of Applied Sciences (hereafter referred to as HAS Hogeschool) was founded in 1948.
HAS Hogeschool is the key training institute and a centre of expertise for the food, agriculture and living environment sector in the southern part of the Netherlands. HAS Hogeschool provides education in thirteen four-year bachelor programmes, for approximately 3000 students.
HAS Hogeschool has different didactical education methods such as project- and/or problem based learning. In the final year the education is oriented more and more towards fulfilling competences the students need after their graduation. A small group of students, sometimes from different study programmes, are instructed to carry out the project in which they show the necessary competences.
The applied and practical approach of HAS Hogeschool is also shown by the presence of many laboratories to carry out research on subjects like soil and water, ecology, microbiology etc. Next to it, there are laboratories for food technology and environmental technology. Moreover HAS Hogeschool disposes of vegetable gardens with (supplementary) irrigation facilities to carry out plant research programs and is also experimenting crop production in advanced (multi layer cultivation) green houses with modern lightening technology (led lightening systems).
Characteristic traits for HAS are:
• a strong identification with its origin in agribusiness;
• excellent links with the industry;
• flexibility and professionalism;
• modern facilities on attractive premises;
• corporate social responsibility.
HAS Hogeschool liaises with rural enterprises and the farming and food industry. From a strong regional base, HAS is now expanding its range of activities throughout the world. Experts and staff members of HAS Hogeschool have been involved in many projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Through HAS Knowledge Transfer, HAS Hogeschool participates in consultancy services, applied research and tailor-made training programmes. This guarantees that the majority of HAS staff is participating in commercial activities, thus guaranteeing hands-on and business experience. Fields of business expertise include amongst others;
• market research and business development for agribusiness;
• applied research in amongst others animal production, nutrition, animal health and breeding; crop production and breeding (product testing, field trials, food & health etc);
• supply chain management.
Staff of HAS Hogeschool has participated in a range of support programmes for education and training overseas, mostly within the domain of agricultural production systems. Increasingly, HAS is being asked for their expertise to participate in capacity building projects in emerging economies throughout the world, for curriculum development, training of trainers (mostly tailor-made), course design, extension, and project evaluation.
Other relevant expertise
HAS Hogeschool has broad expertise in projects connecting players in the knowledge system and commercial enterprises. It delivers training programmes for professionals and stimulates emerging entrepreneurs through incubator services for starting enterprises. Through HAS Training & Consultancy, HAS Hogeschool provides consultancy services on a regular basis, and participates on a risk-sharing basis in projects aimed to develop commercial agribusiness activities. Individual staff of HAS has been and is participating in founding, developing, and consulting for TVET institutions and (farmer) field schools, amongst others for FAO, and in cooperation with local universities. HAS Hogeschool has served as counterpart to local technical staff, and has supported the development of organisational infrastructure on many occasions, e.g. in projects financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.