Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

Introduction

Van Hall Larenstein is a university of applied sciences. We train high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. The curricula of VHL University of Applied Sciences focus on the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Food and Dairy - Animal and Business. Alongside Bachelor programmes, we also provide Master’s programmes, Certificate programmes and short courses for regional, national and international students. As a university of applied sciences, we conduct high-quality practice-based research which enhances both our teaching and our position as a research institute.

Our educational programme is competence based. This means that, right from the start, you will be in close contact with professional life and practice. Supported by our teaching staff, you will work on your competences in a range of projects relating to applied research and practical internships. That is why choosing VHL means choosing a professional education, which you apply in real life!

At VHL you will study in an inspiring international environment. You will work together with students from different countries and you will develop a network of friends and colleagues from all over the world. Thanks to our internationally oriented curriculum, you will be trained to develop a sharp focus on international practice. VHL has over 4000 students and is home to over forty different nationalities. You will have various opportunities to operate in an international context - not just in programme-specific projects, but also in your work placement and thesis. At VHL we provide students with opportunities for international educational exchange and professional development.

VHL University of Applied Sciences is based on two locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden and Velp. The environmentally friendly building in Leeuwarden has green houses on its roof. The Velp site is situated on the Larenstein estate – a wonderful area for the practical ‘green’ programmes.

Why VHL?

    Fully English taught curriculum;

    Study at the biggest "green" university of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands; Combine theory and practice to get a head start in the job market; Apply your knowledge in (international) internships: included in your programme!; Increase your career opportunities by direct contact with prospective employers during the programme; Develop strong connections within key sectors of Dutch economy; Study in small classes with personal attention from teachers.

    This school offers programs in:
    • English

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    Master

    Agricultural Production Chain Management (MSc)

    Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Netherlands Velp

    The Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management is intended for development specialists working in organisations dealing with agricultural production, processing, marketing, quality control and logistics. Typically, such work will confront them with complex problems that require new thinking and new approaches - providing services on the basis of demand, for example, rather than on the basis of production. [+]

    The Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management is intended for specialists working in organisations dealing with agricultural production, processing, marketing, quality control and logistics. Typically, such work will confront them with complex problems that require innovative thinking and new approaches - providing services on the basis of demand, for example, rather than on the basis of production. The agricultural industry is currently more vibrant and resourceful than ever before, with both company expansions and bankruptcy occurring on a regular basis. With production chains stretching from desolate farms in South East Asia to the bustling market places of Northern America – the world will be your work place! The programme has three distinct phases: analysis of value chains, development of value chains and management of value chains. The aim is to enable graduates to manage organisations or companies involved in agricultural production chain development in line with fluctuations in demands and policies. With two unique specialisations in horticulture and livestock chains, VHL is ready to equip you for working the world of animals, flowers and food. From farm to fork or field to market, this programme has all the basics you need to start your own business or manage someone else’s. If you are a graduate with an interest in managing an agri-related business, this programme will prepare you for the wear and tear of one of the world’s most important, and powerful, industries. The Master of Agricultural Production Chain Management has three specialisations: •Horticulture Chains (1 year Master Programme) •Livestock Chains (1 year Master Programme) •Forest Chains (1 year Master Programme) [-]

    Management of Development (MSc)

    Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 Netherlands Velp

    The Master of Management and Development is aimed at rural development professionals, already working in the rural development sector. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and effective incorporation of work experience. [+]

    The Master of Management and Development is aimed at rural development professionals, already working in the rural development sector. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and effective incorporation of work experience. Relevant work experience is essential to the course as students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how. Most candidates come from a background in agriculture or rural development. Graduates leave as competent rural development professionals prepared to support service delivery organisations, NGO’s or other development-related organisation in the area of food security, innovation and social inclusion. So, if you wish to improve your organisation’s programmes and policies, then come and join VHL! This programme consists of a nine-month teaching period and a three-month research project, culminating in a thesis. It involves a series of competency-building modules that advance your disciplinary expertise and improve your professional skills. Courses will be covering important topics such as management theories and approaches, communication and leadership, capacity building, self-development and qualitative research. In addition, specialist courses related to your chosen area of expertise will teach you the most effective ways to implement improved communication systems, gender equality and food security structures into your organisation. Within these organisations and their policies and programmes, newly graduated managers will be able to incorporate ways of addressing emerging development issues, such as the consequences of AIDS, lack of efficient communication, gender differentiation, and food shortages for the livelihood of the rural inhabitants. Specialisations •Rural Development, Communication and Innovation (1 year Master Programme) •Rural Development and Food Security (1 year Master Programme) •Rural Development, Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth (1 year Master Programme [-]

    MSc

    Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc)

    Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Leeuwarden

    This master focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. [+]

    Changes and innovations in the international dairy sector The Master IDCM focuses on farms delivering milk of sufficient quantity and excellent quality in a profitable manner while adhering to quality and safety requirements of the chain. IDCM is suitable for candidates interested in modern and highly developed dairy chains, and the Netherlands’ dairy industry is used as example for innovations. It also focuses on milk processing from the perspective of processing companies, collaborating with stakeholders in the chain or supporting the chain. “Innovative” stands for creativity in dealing with complex situations such as: developing scenarios for farms and the sector as a whole for uncertainties as opposed to traditional advisory services; developing strategies for changing circumstances; innovative technologies in production, processing and in chain governance; and the establishment of farms in new countries or new areas. The educational programme will make use of cases from dairy countries with a high reputation as well as from countries in transition. It is all about the international dairy industry and providing a reliable and sufficient volume of quality milk. The programme is primarily aimed at mid-career dairy professionals involved in management or co-ordination. Competences Upon graduating, you will be able to •identify innovative needs in (inter)national dairy chain projects and processes •advise on dairy business development •facilitate dairy chain governance towards sustainability and efficiency •mainstream policy development for inclusive dairy value chains •manage quality assurance in the dairy chain •conduct applied research in a dairy value chain •communicate effectively and convincingly in a varying multicultural sector •apply an independent and creative learning attitude in a continuously changing international business environment Career opportunities The programme offers career opportunities through dairy production and chain innovations as well as capacity to facilitate processes of change in the international dairy sector. Both qualities are essential for the three job profiles for which this Master is intended: the dairy farm manager, who is responsible for overall management and supervision of employees and communication with experts; the dairy farm advisor, who advises on innovations that lead to increased governance, efficiency and sustainability of a company in the chain or of the entire chain; the dairy chain facilitator, who works for a processing enterprise. The enterprise is huge and in control of collecting quality milk from farmers and process milk for the market. The Master of Innovative Dairy Chain Management (MSc) is taught at our VHL location in Leeuwarden, in Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences. The language of instruction is English. This Master is not eligible for the NFP Scholarship. [-]

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