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From a small island to the large Netherlands

They live in the Netherlands but 8,000 kilometres away. They see snow for the first time and the Netherlands feels vastly different from their familiar island. Many Caribbean students encounter culture and language problems. The Care community at THUAS offers extra support if needed. Rishainy Bomberg is part of the community and just finished her study very succesfully.

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COVID-19: preview new academic year 2021-2022

The end of the academic year is very near and our summer break is just around the corner. No matter what you have planned for this summer, one thing is for sure: we all need a much deserved break! We know that we are looking forward to it.

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Focus on rebellious initiatives in housing for the elder...

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On 8 July 2021, Martin van Rijn, chairman of Aedes – the Association of Housing Corporations – received the pamphlet ‘Rebellious initiatives in housing for the elderly’. The pamphlet offers practical tools for administrators and policymakers who are looking for innovation in housing and care for the elderly. The pamphlet was handed over by Marianne van Bochove (researcher), Joost van Hoof (professor of Urban Ageing) and Katja Rusinovic (professor of Metropolitan Development) of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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Part of building part Strip of main campus THUAS tempora...

On the evening of Saturday 10 July, a small fire started in one of the offices in the Strip building on the first floor, due to what now appears to be a technical malfunction in a piece of equipment. The fire extinguishing system activated immediately and the fire brigade was also on site quickly, so the fire remained contained. However, the extinguishing of the fire did cause water damage.

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Volunteers wanted – Research project into the effects of...

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For a research project conducted by the Hague University of Applied Science/Haagse Hogeschool in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies and the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa we are looking for volunteers to help with data collection in the Hague throughout the month of August.

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The best book award for Ethnography “Writing the Self in...

"Writing the Self in Bereavement: a story of love, spousal loss, and resilience by Reinekke Lengelle (Routledge, 2021) has been acknowledged with the Best Book award for ethnography. The H. L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr. / Nick Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award is for work that exemplifies story-telling excellence informed by scholarship and is written for both scholarly and public audiences. This book is an important resource for counsellors, counsellor educators, counselling supervisors, psychologists, health professionals in hospices, palliative care providers, grief support workers, and all who are processing grief in their own lives. It is robust enough to serve as a textbook but tender enough to gift to a friend or family member seeking solace in the midst of inexplicable grief." Description by awards committee & Dr. Robert Borgen (Neault)

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Swipe for a vibrant student life

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Studying is more than having your head buried in books. Luckily, as a student city, The Hague has plenty to offer. A great student pub, a wonderful museum or perhaps you’d prefer an interesting debate evening. Two students from THUAS conceived an app to increase the social life of students in The Hague.

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Robert Cartwright, lecturer and researcher in digital co...

Hi! My name is Rob Cartwright. I come from an acreage outside of Calgary, Canada. I started my career working in oil and gas and made the leap of faith to pursue a Research Masters Degree in Persuasive Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Then, transferred to teaching, where I find more alignment with my personal values and ethics. I teach at the ICM programme and on the courses of Digital Communications and research.

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Results of the National Student Survey announced

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This week, the results of the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) have been published on the website of Studiekeuze123. The NSS is an annual national survey into student satisfaction in higher education. In the NSS, The Hague University of Applied Sciences scores well on two thirds of the topics. Students indicate that they are most satisfied in response to questions about ‘study facilities’, ‘sense of safety’ and ‘involved contact’. We are proud of that because these values are under extra pressure during a pandemic.

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Toolkit: How do you use healthcare technology intelligen...

A smart walker, a plaster that monitors sugar levels, computer games as part of rehabilitation? Technology has become an integral part of healthcare too. Technology has become an integral part of healthcare. Healthcare technology – or e-Health – has many benefits: it helps patients actively participate in their recovery, it improves information sharing, it saves money and makes healthcare more accessible. But as a healthcare professional, how do you find the right tools for your patients? And what tools are currently available? Answers to these and many more questions on the topic are provided in a new three-lesson toolkit available to teachers and students of healthcare courses.

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Sport Studies student Diane van Es runs her way to the O...

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Diane van Es (22), fourth-year Sports Studies student, ran the Olympic limit in the 5,000 metres at the end of May. She ran a time of 15.07.52, well below the limit for Tokyo of 15.10.00. This means that Diane will be able to compete in the Olympic Games this summer. In this article, Diane talks about her success, her upcoming challenges and how she combines being an elite athlete with studying.

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The SMITHZ project: Helping manufacturers realise take s...

The SMITHZ project is part of the research group ‘’Smart Sustainable Manufacturing’’ in collaboration with the group “Circular Business” at Mission Zero. This project aims to build business cases presenting best practices of manufacturers in taking steps towards circularity, for other companies to learn from. In this interview, we speak to Sander Limonard, the project lead, as well as Erik Wachter, a student intern, about their involvement in the project.

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Roan O’Brien: Researching the User Experience of Retail ...

Roan, a User Experience Design student has been working for Mission Zero on his graduation project since February 2021. Roan’s research is focused on retail innovation and designing a dashboard to present purchasing behaviour to retailers. As an active member of the Mission Zero community, Roan also voiced the character “Huxley”, a pair of modular headphones, for Mission Zero’s podcast “Wasted Tales”. Roan took part in a short interview to tell us more about his work.

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Marjet van Zuijlen new chairperson of THUAS’ Supervisory...

From 1 August 2021 The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) will welcome a new chairperson of its Supervisory Board, Marjet van Zuijlen, political scientist, historian, former member of the Dutch Lower House and former partner at Deloitte. Ms.Van Zuijlen is an experienced director and supervisor with a strong focus on the public-private sector. She has held ancillary positions in a range of organisations in the business community, the cultural sector, the educational sector and healthcare. She lives in The Hague.

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One and a half metres: are you standing too close?

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How well do people really follow the 1.5 metre rule? That was a question preoccupying Niels van den Nieuwendijk and Timo Duindam. At the peak of the corona pandemic, the two Engineering Physics students followed a sensor technology minor. They developed a system that registers how well people keep the desired distance at busy places, such as a shopping street or bar.

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Update 8-6-2021 – perspective for the new academic year

Not only is the sun shining more often, but also developments surrounding the pandemic give rise for a cautiously positive mood. In the run up to the summer holiday, more and more staff members are getting their vaccination and students will soon also be able to register to be vaccinated. Already the number of infections and COVID-related hospital admissions are decreasing, the increasing vaccination levels will only reinforce that. This gives the government more room to ease more measures.

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The Global Citizenship research group assists in develop...

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At the end of May, the Dutch Association for Skin Therapists (NHV) adopted a new professional code. Natasha Labohm, Skin Therapy lecturer and researcher with the Global Citizenship research group worked as the project leader with the professional association to develop a new professional code. ‘This is a wonderful start to improve the ethical conduct of skin therapists and to discuss this issue with Skin Therapy students.’

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Cooling towers and wastewater

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Clean is the keyword at Ecolab/Nalco Water. The company delivers products and services for water and hygiene. The hand soap dispenser in your favorite restaurant for example. But also innovative solutions for water treatment. Helping beer producers save on water. Preventing corrosion at the inside of a cooling tower. Providing chemistry that separates waste from water to make the water reusable. Yajing Wang and Curtis Duinkerk know everything about the importance of testing and experimenting. They both graduated from the Process & Food Technology programme and now they are colleagues.

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Call for volunteers – take part in our new citizen scien...

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In our citizen science platform for the Trust MEdiators project, we are asking lay people such as students and the general public to share their stories of trust building in dispute resolution, from the perspective of their respective cultures. Those stories will contribute to our World Mediation Map that will be accessible to the public, hopefully helping students, lecturers, professional mediators, and everyone else who is interested in human interactions and cultural diversity to learn more about how to build trust across different cultures.

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Tasting coffee for a living

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Did you know that twenty million cups of coffee are consumed daily in our small country? Who wouldn’t like to help develop a product that almost any adult in Holland loves? Priska Astasari & Nienke Boon both graduated from the Process and Food Technology (PFT) programme at THUAS in 2018. They were fascinated by the food industry while they were still studying. Nowadays the two of them work for Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the famous company that develops and produces many variants of coffee. Tasting coffee is one of the daily activities for Priska and Nienke.

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Creating your own fake news

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Our society is becoming increasingly more digital. The internet is the main source of information, especially for young people. At the same time we see a growing rise of fake news online. Together with Pabo students (Primary School Teacher Training), researchers of the Sustainable Talent Development research group conducted research on an effective method to make young children more media smart.

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Opening of the self-test portal

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From 10 AM om Wednesday, 5th May, the online service for self-tests is open. Here, Higher Education students and staff can order their self-tests (free of charge). You can find the portal at: https://www.zelftestonderwijs.nl/. The portal also has an English Language option (top right corner)

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Data revolution turned the world upside down

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Artificial intelligence; to many it still sounds very futuristic. But we are on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution. On 7 April, the Data Science research group held an online event about the data science opportunities for The Hague University of Applied Sciences. ‘Global digitisation and the lightning fast rise of artificial intelligence is turning the world upside down.’

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Luc wins prize for outstanding internship in Geneva

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Luc Wigbout’s internship at CERN in Geneva was a complete success. Just before corona hit, he had the opportunity to spend time at an inspirational location where researchers are working on grand projects and his colleagues were international students. During his lunch break he enjoyed views of the Mont Blanc. And he was working on a very challenging assignment: calculating design parameters for a re-ionisation cell, a cell in which uncharged particles acquire a negative charge. His work was absolutely top notch and even earned him a prize: the 2021 NNV HBO Young Talent Award. Luc is thrilled about it.

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A Conversation with Raj Rawal about Waste in The Hague U...

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Rajash (Raj) Rawal is a passionate educator and member of the Executive Board of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. In the fifth episode of Mission Zero’s podcast, Wasted Tales, he voices the main protagonist: Walter the Wastebin. Walter works in a prison where waste management is a huge challenge, just like it is at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. In a conversation with the leader of the research project Circular Operations Management, Rachel Kuijlenburg, Raj discusses his vision of waste management within the university. By reflecting on famous quotes, he explains the steps being taken to make the university more sustainable.

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Steps to Change Manifesto – how to implement natural cha...

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‘The biggest way we can make a difference is to put nature at the heart of our decisions’. Those are the words of David Attenborough. After having seen one of his movies, a group of thirteen Process and Food technology students created a Steps to Change Manifesto – an action plan for how to restore nature within and around the THUAS building. The students worked on it during an environmental engineering class in year 2. Last week, their action plans related to food, travel, water, energy and biodiversity were ready to be shared. Daniil Smetanca, one of the participants, is excited.

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Treasure hunt for data

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Data storage is getting increasingly cheaper. Companies and governments are also collecting increasing amounts of data. This data revolution has profound consequences for our society. On 7 April, the Data Science research group, part of the Health Innovation Centre of Expertise, is organising an online event about data science for staff members of THUAS.

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Rebellious living into old age

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The disappearance of care homes means that there is an increasing need for collective housing for the elderly. During an online hackathon on 25 March, seniors and students took part in the design competition ‘Contributing to building housing for the future’. They were given the task to design innovative, rebellious, living concepts for seniors in the future.

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Graduate studies within Medical Delta Living Lab Better ...

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Within the Medical Delta Living Lab Better In Better Out, graduates and students started at the beginning of February with exploratory studies in the field of lifestyle and colon cancer. The third and fourth year students of Nursing and Nutrition and Dietetics from The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences are working in interdisciplinary teams to investigate the possibilities for personalized lifestyle changes for colon cancer patients.

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Reflecting on Food Waste and Inclusive Environmentalism ...

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Luciana Santerre is an International Communication Management student from Maine, USA. Luciana has been working for Mission Zero as a student assistant since September 2020, and recently started an internship with a small team to redesign the minor Mission Impact. Her individual research is focused on food waste, inclusive environmentalism, and social justice.

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Update following March 23 press conference

On 23 March, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister of Health, De Jonge, gave another press conference about (the measures with regards to) Corona. In the previous press conference it was hoped there would be a relaxation of rules around Easter, but unfortunately the increasing number of infections does not make that possible. Whilst this is understandable it also very unfortunate. We all know that our students and staff want nothing more than to "simply" come back to campus.

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Letting people experience something new

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Drones are not that special anymore, but a drone with wings certainly is. Mechatronics student Remco Stam is working on it during his internship at a Delft-based start-up. This type of drone is not only safer for people but also quite fun to watch. Just imagine standing at a concert or festival and suddenly seeing flying robotic birds perform choreography.

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The Making of Wasted Tales, A Circular Economy Podcast

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Podcasts have skyrocketed in popularity over the past year. As a medium that is highly compatible with busy lifestyles and that affords a break to sore eyes from ever-increasing screen time, what is not to love? As humans, the art of storytelling is intuitive and transcends across cultures, it is a way that we grasp new concepts and learn about life, often from a very young age. With exponentially growing audiences who are keen to listen for the purpose of education or entertainment, podcasts are the publishing platform for anyone with a story to tell.

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‘We investigate the whole chain: from production to wast...

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How can you make the operational management of a penitentiary institution circular? What can a living lab contribute to the circular operational management? Why would you let your students sort out waste with their hands? These are exciting questions which come to be discussed as we speak with Thomas Wissingh. He is a junior researcher involved in all the aspects of the public project RAAK about the operational management of the Circular Business research group within the Centre of Expertise Mission Zero. ‘We investigate the whole chain: from production to waste streams’.

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Producing food during the PFT programme

Making cheese, brewing beer, making all kinds of products out of apples... While doing the Process and Food (PFT) programme, you will spend quite some time in the kitchen. Read more about the cheese and apple project.

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Sustainable Fashion and Lifestyle with Marieke Eyskoot

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Marieke Eyskoot (1977) is sustainable lifestyle expert; she puts contemporary, conscious living on the map. Marieke is a sought-after (TEDx)speaker, event presenter and consultant, and co-founder of the international fair fashion trade show MINT. She is the author of the modern handbook ‘This is a Good Guide – for a sustainable lifestyle’, filled with practical and positive tips regarding fair fashion, clean beauty, real food, eco travel and a low-impact home – empowering citizens to make their choices matter. The series contains an adult and youth version, and has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide.

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“Education is a relationship that you have to work on al...

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Since 1 January 2021 Naomi van Stapele (46) is the new professor (lector) Inclusive Education at the Centre of Expertise Global & Inclusive Learning. Naomi has years of experience in education, a passion for inclusivity and did a dance of joy when she heard that she had been hired by THUAS. An introduction.

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Having a positive impact on people’s lives

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They had a good time studying the Process and Food Technology programme and now they have a job to be envied. Joeri Langelaar, David Broekhuijsen and Anna van Ginkel are working at pharmaceutical company Janssen Biologics Leiden. As a global health company, Janssen sees it as its responsibility to sustainably improve the health and well-being of all the people in the world. Janssen is the company where the COVID vaccine has been developed, but David, Anna and Joeri were not directly involved, since they work for another department. Our graduates are happy to be part of the passionate Janssen family and have no plans to look for a job elsewhere. Within Janssen, people have every opportunity to develop a dream career.

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Energy Transients: A Conversation with Gerben Hoogendorp...

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Gerben Hoogendorp is a lecturer in the field of electrical power engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. From an early age he has been interested in electrical engineering, experimenting with electronics as a hobby. In 2009 and 2016 respectively, he obtained his MSc and PhD from Delft University of Technology. His interest in teaching came from a short experience in teaching students during his time as a PhD student. Since 2019, Gerben has been a part of the research group ‘Energy in Transition’, where he is involved in projects related to energy transportation in DC grids.

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Vacancy Associate Professor Artificial Intelligence

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Are you the experienced data scientist who wants to take the lead in developing artificial intelligence methods in Smart Mobility & Field Robotics or High Tech Health & Agro? Do you want to be a programme leader and contribute, together with lecturers and students, to connecting research, education and society?

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Inaugural lecture of Laurence Guérin: The democratisatio...

Research Global citizenship

The world is globalising and transnational challenges, such as climate change and migration, affect every global citizen. Global citizenship is a core theme at THUAS. But what is it exactly? “Democracy and global citizenship are controversial concepts. Students and lecturers have to give their own meaning to the definition of global citizenship. That’s what makes this so fascinating.”

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Preventing a system hack: Former student secures ICT at ...

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Safety is the number one priority at Schiphol airport. That’s why there are so many checks before you can board a plane: at the luggage drop, passport control and security. But the ICT systems at the airport also have to be as safe as possible. You really don’t want any ill-intentioned people logging in. Former student Jean-Paul van Haastert has made it his job to make the ICT systems as safe as possible. At his workplace at Schiphol he is part of the Cyber Security team.

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Vacancy Programme Coordinator Centre of Expertise on Glo...

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Are you able to inspire and help develop an ambitious research team? Do you thrive in working on research, internal procedures, and external profiling? If so, we are looking for a such a person to be the Programme Coordinator for the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance.

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Associate professor Carien Verhoeff: ‘As lecturers and s...

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She loves it when her own kids tell her stories like this: ‘Those blunt and unpolished stories about how deans, department heads, mentors and lecturers interact with the pupils. Everyone should hear those stories’. The Student Voice is extremely important to Carien Verhoeff. She has been associate professor of the eponymous research programme since October 2020. An interview about her exceptional position, about student participation at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and about her own teenagers.

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Global Gossip podcast: new episode features Ambassador S...

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Global Gossip is a podcast in Dutch about international politics led by Mendeltje van Keulen and Ruud Schapenk from our research group Changing Role of Europe. Together with our guests, you can join the conversation on international politics. What do we hear in the corridors about the future of the European Union in times of Brexit, Corona and an emerging China? How does the EU deal with our sustainability ambitions during these times of crisis?

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Warm Sweater Day: the most cheerful climate campaign is ...

Which warm sweater will you be wearing on 5 February? If you’re planning to go to THUAS on 5 February, you’ll definitely need to put on a sweater. That’s because the heating will be turned down a degree across all of THUAS’ sites for national Warm Sweater Day 2021. More and more Dutch people are getting involved with this campaign each year. THUAS is taking part for the first time. Gerard Willemse, team leader of the Management and Maintenance department, is the person who will be adjusting the heating boiler. “This initiative fits in nicely with everything we have already been doing on sustainable management and maintenance.”

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Education as key to a circular economy: A conversation ...

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On February 1st, Veva Uwamarogie, a 4th year Facility Management at THUAS was keynote speaker during the National Conference on Circular Economy. In the closing panel, she had a conversation with prime minister Mark Rutte, state secretary Stientje van Veldhoven and two other youth: Werner Schouten (president of the Young Climate Movement) and Elzelinde van Doleweerd, founder of Upprinting Food.

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The greatest designer is nature – circular facemask

How many times a week does your eye catch a single-used facemask on the streets? China alone is producing around 450 million masks per day due to the increasing demand. The incorrect disposal of those masks by the public is becoming a serious problem. It turns out that Industrial Design Engineering student, Mari Genova (22), has a passion for circularity. After having taken the Design With Nature minor she became a student researcher within Mission Zero Centre of Expertise. Right now, she is working on a project aiming to design a circular facemask.

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A private teacher at home

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Children running rampant around the house, colleagues on your computer screen. The combination of working from home and home schooling is a big challenge for many parents and children. Two staff members of the HRM department came up with a win-win situation: mobilising Educational Theory students as home teachers.

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CREUvent 2021: Exploring the pandemic’s impact on Europe

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After the successful inaugural edition of CREUvent 2020 that investigated the working practice, modalities and implications of EU policy-making processes, on Thursday 4 February, the Changing role of Europe research group explores with you the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on European Union policies and policymaking. We will engage a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders online to discuss challenges and offer solutions to these topical issues. Chaired by the members of the research group, and hosting experts in the respective areas, the sessions will welcome students, practitioners, civil servants, academics and all those interested in the topical issues to join in a discussion online.

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Update 21-01: Impact evening curfew on THUAS

It was just confirmed that the evening curfew announced yesterday by Prime Minister Rutte will begin this Saturday and will be in effect daily between 09.00 p.m. and 4.30 a.m., until at least 9 February. There will be one exception to this measure for higher education: exams in the evenings may still take place.

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PrimaVera project: the challenging path to Predictive Ma...

Machines are becoming increasingly complex. They must be highly reliable, because of the pursuit of just-in-time productivity. With the rise of sensoring, machine learning and big data, Predictive Maintenance has become an important topic. A large consortium from knowledge institutions and companies initiated the Dutch PrimaVera project for research on Predictive Maintenance. THUAS lecturer and researcher Alieh Alipour gives us the latest information and a glimpse in the future of Prescriptive Maintenance.

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Message following the press conference of January 12 202...

We hereby give you a brief update on the latest Covid press conference by the Dutch government, and its impact on The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). The current lockdown has been extended to February 9, but because THUAS previously opted to provide only distance learning (with the exception of practical education and testing) for the entire first semester, this extension has no impact on our schedule for these three weeks.

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Global governance requires local influence

Global challenges such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic or international migration call for effective global governance. The Centre of Expertise for Global Governance aims to use practical research to strengthen the involvement and influence of citizens and professionals in international institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union. “Tackling global issues requires involvement at the local level”.

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New Year’s Reception on repeat

What do you do when there is a lockdown, but you still feel the urgent need as THUAS-community to celebrate the arrival of the new year together? You organize a virtual gathering, of course.

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Researcher in the spotlight: Christine Tremblay

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Christine Tremblay, lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, is starting a weekly reading discussion group exploring diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion is an important and vibrant subject for THUAS students, and discussing it can provide interesting avenues for further exploration. Christine’s personal interest in this project comes from her background in diversity and inclusion itself. “I have been teaching the course of Gender & Law in the LAW program for the past three years, and I would like to broaden the discussion to other themes within diversity and discuss the intersectionality between those themes. I am also curious to know how the younger generation reflects on those themes.”

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Researcher in the spotlight: Ruud Schapenk

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“It’s a major challenge for any researcher to convey the results of dense research in an accessible and almost effervescent way. However, a podcast is an excellent way to achieve that. Together with Dr. Mendeltje van Keulen, professor for The Changing Role of Europe, I developed the podcast Global Gossip. During the podcast we talk to leading public figures about international politics.”

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“If you have a dream, make it happen”

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He is 25 years old and has already sold two successful companies and set up a third. This earned Crispijn de Koning a nomination for Most Inspiring Entrepreneur from the platform De Ondernemer. And you can vote for this former student of The Hague University of Applied Sciences!

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The first master class provided by our Centre of Experti...

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On Monday 7 December 2020 we held the master class “Responsible rebellion & responsible supervision: governance in collective housing for seniors”. More than 90 supervisors from healthcare organisations as well as housing cooperatives participated in this master class. The master class was organised by The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) together with Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Dutch Association for Supervisors in Care and Welfare (NVTZ), and the Organisation of Housing Association Supervisors (VTW).

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The voice of students in the UN

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Seventy-five years of peace and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. A memorable year for the Just Peace Festival in The Hague. But what is there to celebrate when there are global conflicts? Students from THUAS give their input about the future of the United Nations. ‘Young people have vast amounts of energy and that gives hope.’

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The manifesto “Parenting and growing up in Delft” brings...

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On 3 December 2020 many parties involved in youth issues in Delft signed the manifesto “Parenting and growing up in Delft”. This is a guideline with eleven principles which collectively form the basis for a sustainable approach to parenting and growing up in Delft. In the manifesto, the municipality of Delft and its public partners present themselves as partners of parents and young people.

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Civic Technology: empower citizens through innovative te...

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What will become the “new normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic is over? It’s an exciting question for many. China has proposed the idea of giving all world citizens a health passport. A QR code would allow officials to check whether someone is healthy. Technically it's possible, but is that what we really want? That is exactly the question which also hangs over Jos van Leeuwen's research area. On 4 November he held his digital inaugural lecture as professor of Civic Technology. Here, a discussion about three fascinating lines of research.

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‘Impact of Sport’ lecturer Frank van Eekeren wants to ch...

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In most cases, sport is teamwork. Sport is working together with your teammates and/or your coach to achieve an even better performance in a physical environment. That’s why doing your inaugural lecture ‘#Changing the Playing Field’ digitally feels almost unnatural when you are a lecturer in ‘Impact of Sport’. A remote inaugural lecture. And yet Frank van Eekeren managed to make a special event of it on Thursday 26 November. He gave his speech in the form of 3 videos, all recorded in the Morgenstond district in The Hague. Each one of these videos provided enough material to keep the conversation going during a lively talk show with very enthusiastic guests.

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The Hague University of Applied Sciences discontinues or...

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On 20 November 2020, Universal Children's Day, The Hague University of Applied Sciences signed the University Pledge to Stop Orphanage Internships. This means that THUAS students will no longer do internships at orphanages worldwide. This pledge was the result of a collaboration with the Better Care Network Netherlands, a partnership of children's rights organisations, upon the initiative of the Global Citizenship research group.

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Feeling comfortable in the classroom

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A learning environment in which you feel welcome and where everyone is treated equally — that is important, of course. But how do you make this a given? Students Rishainy Bomberg and Saïd Touhami are members of the UNESCO Youth Committee, where they actively work on this topic. On Thursday 15 October, during the Dutch launch of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2020, they emphasised that education should actively work on inclusiveness. ‘We have to go from a culture of me to a culture of we.’

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Robert Duiveman, first associate professor at The Hague ...

Effective 1 November 2020, Robert Duiveman has been appointed as associate professor for Urban Governance at the Governance of Urban Transitions (GUTs) Centre of Expertise. In this new role, he is responsible for practice-based research on new forms of governance for urban issues.

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Researcher in the spotlight: Artemis Malliaropoulou

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“It is fascinating to conduct research and teach international law in The Hague, which is globally known as the international city of peace and justice. I’m glad to be involved in setting up a ‘monitor’ for The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration.” She is a researcher at the Global Governance Center of Expertise and a lecturer in the International and European Law program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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‘With KOIOS, we facilitate and stimulate lifelong learni...

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Anyone who talks about KOIOS with lecturer-researcher Jordi Jansen can't help but get excited about the possibilities of this open source educational infrastructure that is being developed. This is how The Hague University of Applied Sciences facilitates and stimulates lifelong learning. KOIOS allows us to experiment with innovative ideas, such as developing new revenue models or new educational curriculum formats.

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Let's celebrate diversity

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The Dutch launch of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2020 took place on Thursday 15 October. The Global & Inclusive Learning Centre of Expertise organised this online event in cooperation with the Dutch UNESCO Commission. The event was held in a studio in Zoetermeer with live connections to various national and international speakers, in a completely corona-proof set-up.

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How to design a senior citizen friendly city

Loose paving slabs. A passage that’s too narrow for a mobility scooter. Tiny print on information folders. Try looking at a neighbourhood or city through the eyes of a senior citizen for a change. You’re sure to notice plenty of room for improvement. “And that is exactly what we asked students to do in the ‘Senior citizen friendly city’ research project,” says Esther Kroon, a lecturer-researcher in the Urban Ageing research group.

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City Deal: Local Resilience to Cyber Crime

City Deals are means to achieve the objective of Agenda Stad (Urban Agenda): strengthening the growth, innovation and quality of life in Dutch cities. City Deals secure concrete cooperation agreements between cities, the Dutch government, other authorities, companies and civic organisations. These deals must lead to innovative solutions to social issues and/or contain measures to strengthen the economic ecosystem of the urban region(s).

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Reclaiming the “social” part of contemporary multilevel ...

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The Inaugural Lecture of Dr. Barbara Warwas, "Returning to the Origins of Multilevel Regulation", centred the motto from the Manifesto of her newly launched research group on Multilevel Regulation: “Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for the 99%!” This research focuses on the study of ADR to increase the diversity of multilevel regulation in contemporary society, institutions and public and professional spaces.

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ISPM student shares his journey as an intern at ASICS

The sport management industry is quite vast and the working field offers a multitude of options. However, the first ideas that come to mind usually revolve around FIFA, IOC, club franchises and sport apparel brands, such as ASICS, one of the leading ones particularly in their running category. So, to learn that one of our own ISPM students is part of that team is cause for celebration!

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New Rehabilitation and Technology professor Jorit Meeste...

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Innovate rehabilitation care to enable patients to receive the best possible care, with the right use of e-health and care technology. That is the ambition of Jorit Meesters, principal researcher at Basalt, expertise centre for rehabilitation medicine and researcher at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and, as of 1 November, also a professor of Rehabilitation and Technology at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). This research group is a joint initiative of Basalt and The Hague University of Applied Sciences for research, knowledge and innovation. Many years of cooperation between these partners in care and education have made it possible to address important challenges, such as staff shortages and the increasing complexity of the demand for care, on the basis of knowledge and experience. Rehabilitation care is increasingly supported by ICT and e-health applications.

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Mayor and the municipal council embrace a city lab appro...

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Recent research at City Lab Duindorp, conducted by researchers from the Hague University of Applied Sciences working at the Global and Inclusive Education and the Governance of Urban Transitions Centres of Expertise, was one of the reasons for the Hague city council to develop a new action plan for this neighbourhood.

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Student Eric applied math in a greenhouse

Math and gerberas. Strict formulas and colourful flowers. This combination may not seem obvious when you think you know everything about intersections, parabola, logarithms, sine and cosine. That doesn’t stop Applied Mathematics student Eric van der Sluis from doing great work for LetsGrow.com. He developed a model for the company to detect and track gerberas. Thanks to his work, every gerbera grower can closely follow how fast each plant grows and when it will be ready to harvest.

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Vertical solar panels along the railway

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In the Netherlands, there are 550 kilometres of noise barriers lining the railway tracks, and another 150 kilometres will be added in the next few years. Solar panels installed on such large surfaces could be a major source of solar energy. The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) is working with ProRail on an integrated research project.

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Prepared for a mission to Mars

When former Engineering Physics student Charlotte Pouwels used to watch Star Trek with her dad, she became fascinated by space travel. “I started to ask technical questions that nobody could answer. So I decided to become an astronaut myself. In my research I mimic what it would be like to live on the moon or on Mars. I do this for example in Hawaii in an environment that somewhat resembles the moon.”

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Tightening of the measures at The Hague University of Ap...

During the press conference held Monday, 28th September, Prime Minister Rutte and Minister de Jonge announced a tightening of the applicable Covid-19 virus measures. In addition, the mayors of the major cities of The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam made an appeal for additional measures. The THUAS Crisis Management Team (CMT) discussed the impact of the additional measures and recommendations at our university.

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The Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Questionnaire la...

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In early 2020, the municipality of The Hague assigned the consortium consisting of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Hulsebosch Advies and AFEdemy to develop a questionnaire and run a representative survey on the perceived age-friendliness of the city among its older citizens. The Hague has been an official member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2014.

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Special: “Smart & Circular” graduation project in collab...

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The story of Sygun and her five fellow students stems directly from an action which The Hague University of Applied Sciences took in 2019. That was when the university joined SMITZH, the Smart Industry hub of South Holland. This partnership supports companies in digitising their manufacturing process. One of the goals is to make companies not only work more digitally, but also more circularly. The assumption is that through the use of smart technologies, the manufacturing industry can also work more sustainably and therefore reduce its ecological footprint.

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Together we can move mountains of waste

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“Together we can move mountains of waste.” Facility Management DJI and FMHaaglanden, two of the national government's facility services providers, have started a large-scale study together with The Hague University of Applied Sciences. This study will contribute to the reduction of residual waste and the use of raw materials. This research is important to achieve the goals of 35% residual waste, 50% less consumption of primary raw materials in 2030, and 100% sustainable procurement. Netherlands Circular in 2050 is also on the far horizon.

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From a healthy start to a vital old age

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A healthy life for everyone: that is the mission of the Health Innovation Centre of Expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). Social-technological innovations are intended to foster the positive health of vulnerable groups. ‘We want everyone to be able to fully participate in our society.’

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Beautiful example of global citizenship

For newcomers and students who completed their high school in another language, THUAS offers a Bridging Year (Schakeljaar). “Everyone should have the opportunity to develop in a meaningful way at their own level.”

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Neighbourhood launches an innovative minor together with...

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This month, the Binckhorst neighbourhood in The Hague and The Hague University of Applied Sciences launched the first Dutch (but English-language and international!) minor designed as a “regenerative learning ecology” in which the entire area serves as a client for joint learning towards a sustainable future.

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Former student Martijn developed innovative sound techno...

Picture this: you are in a train station and your train has been delayed. “Dear passengers,…” you hear through the speaker. “The train to Rotterdam has a fi.. minu... del...” The rest of the message is inaudible. Especially for people with hearing problems, it is very important that the speakers are properly calibrated. Martijn van Essen, a former Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, helped to calibrate the technology to make announcements easier to understand. He won a thesis prize for his project and has now found a job where he can further apply his knowledge.

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Finance and Control intern makes an impact: "UNICEF uses...

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It might sound familiar. Maybe you too have been tempted to pinch yourself, just to be sure you’re not dreaming. That’s the feeling Sughra Hussain had when she learned the dashboard she developed was being used in many UNICEF offices around the world. “I made a real impact. That gives me a tremendous feeling of satisfaction.”

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Development of new Photonics research group

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Photonics is the technology that focuses on the generation, transportation and detection of light waves and light particles, also called photons. Over the past fifty years, photonics has developed into an innovative technology. The number of (end) products which are launched on the world market is practically countless and their innovative character is noteworthy.

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First ISPM graduate lands a dream job

Programmes Internationalisation

This is an article written by a proud lecturer, representing many other proud ISPM lecturers. One of our students from the very first ISPM cohort, from 2017, is not only on his way to getting his diploma in Sport Studies (he passed his graduation thesis!), but also, from his internship, he was offered a … wait for it … JOB! Tomek Mendry is now part of the second largest football club in Poland, KKS LECH POZNAN. I had the pleasure of chatting with Tomek to learn about this fantastic journey.

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2020 ILaRC Students Commentary Competition

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The Lectoraat Multilevel Regulation and the Center of Expertise Global Governance of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the Law School of Leiden University invite commentary submissions for the ‘2020 ILaRC Students Commentary Competition’.

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THUAS team won the 43rd edition of the Telders Internati...

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The Telders International Law Moot Court Competition has been attracting the brightest law students from over 30 European countries from 1977. The competition consists of two rounds, the written memorial stage and the oral rounds. As part of the first round, students analyse a fictitious dispute and draft two fully-referenced memorials for Applicant and Respondent. In the second round, students represent their respective States through oral pleadings before so-called moot courts. Per European country, only the university winning the national rounds may participate in the international rounds held in The Hague. The students’ memorials and pleadings are judged by legal experts, including judges from the International Court of Justice and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, lawyers and professors of law. The final round of the Competition is traditionally held at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

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Direct current is the future

Global citizenship Programmes Internationalisation Research

With the rapid development of new technologies, such as solar panels, LED lamps and electric cars, we are seeing a growing use of power electronics. THUAS is an international pioneer in developing education and applied research around this promising development. An exchange with students from South Africa helped us to promote this knowledge on a global scale.

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The impact of the corona virus on UN peacekeeping at the...

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Every day, the COVID-19 pandemic dominates the news. As of 25 May, there are 5.4 million confirmed cases worldwide, with over 340.000 deaths. Although we hear daily about the strengthening or relaxation of lockdown measures, less discussed is the fact that the pandemic also has major effects on international conflict management.

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Column Aminata Cairo: Welcome to the Movement

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First…. There was Corona, or Covid 19 that changed our lives in ways unimaginable. Suddenly we were forced to withdraw from each other, use strict hygiene regimens and had to remain inside. Work as we knew it stopped, school as we knew it stopped, socializing as we knew it stopped. It actually didn’t stop, it merely forced us to change how we looked at things, did things, and felt about things. We stopped running. We were forced to rest and be still. The earth had some reprieve. Yet we had to deal with the fear of illness or had to deal with the actual illness in our direct lives.

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Inclusivity and global change

Netwerkhogeschool Global citizenship Internationalisation

It wasn’t very long ago that we were hit with a pandemic that still affects us deeply. From one moment to the next we were confronted with fear for our own health, and especially for the health of the most vulnerable amongst us. From one moment to the next we had to stay home and adjust our education. It was a challenge, but we made steps no one had previously thought possible. I am proud of the effort our teaching staff and our support staff have made in the transition to long distance education. I applaud our students for hanging in there with us. More than anything we learned how connected we are.

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The Vital Together Box

Global citizenship Programmes

How do you continue your good work as a buddy during the corona crisis? Three first-year students of Nutrition and Dietetics created the Vital Together Box, which contains healthy recipes, ingredients to prepare the dish and physical exercises to stay fit. “Bringing about a big change in someone’s life with something so small fills you with happiness and satisfaction.”

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Students sharing international experiences: an internshi...

Internationalisation Programmes

In this feature we share the stories of students who were in the middle of an international experience (such as an exchange or international internship) when the corona-crisis hit. They tell us about their experiences during this highly unusual time. The first student to share her story is Martina Dossena, a European Studies student from Italy who is currently doing an internship in Mexico City, Mexico.

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New academic year to start in September

Programmes Internationalisation

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you (back) to The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the New Academic Year. In these times of the coronavirus you have no doubt been wondering what you can expect in the upcoming academic year and what it will mean to you when you start your studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).

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European Studies and NLCares put students back to work a...

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COVID-19 has had a massive impact on THUAS students, and not just because they’ve had to switch to online learning. For many students, the different types of lockdowns in different countries have threatened to disrupt one of the most important parts of their studies: their internship. Luckily for some European Studies (ES) students, alternative arrangements could be made.

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A small ball in the hunt for drifting fishing nets

Programmes Global citizenship

¨Before i began my project i had no idea of the size of the problem i wanted to tackle. Well, it´s actually enormous. Every year over 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans. 46 percent of this consists of discarded fishing nets. These strangle or suffocate more than 650,000 creatures a year. And the nets can remain out of there for up to 600 years.¨

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News from a quiet city: a study on the social impact of ...

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COVID-19 has a strong impact on The Hague’s population. Many people have suffered from the loss of income, others avoid medical care or point out that they receive less medical care. But the fear is even stronger. Many people fear losing their jobs or businesses as a result of the coronavirus crisis. And it’s the most vulnerable groups who have been hit the hardest: those with temporary contracts, with lower levels of education, low-paid and with health conditions. They are more likely to be affected by the loss of income and to avoid or receive less medical care. In comparison with earlier studies conducted in Rotterdam and nationwide, fear and stress related to the corona crisis have significantly increased, especially among young people and people with a minimum income.

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Update after the press conference on 21 April

During the press conference on 21 April it quickly became clear that there would be no immediate changes for higher education. The new dates 20 May and 1 September were mentioned. What do these dates mean for The Hague University of Applied Sciences?

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Student Blog: Woong Shin – Private Sector Internship Wor...

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With my 6-month internship now over, I am glad that I will now be able to continue my journey at The Next Web as a trainee! Working as the Government Program Executive at TNW X, the consultancy and advisory branch of TNW, I was able to have hands-on experiences on tasks and events which opened up a whole new world for me.

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Student blog: Majid Ajmal – Dutch Municipality Internshi...

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Internship? The start of my career! I started my internship in September 2018 at the Municipality of Amsterdam, district Southeast. My role as an intern was as an ‘area supporter’ in the area team of Bijlmer West. During these 6 months, I developed myself both personally and professionally, which has now resulted in a career within the municipality!

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Student blog: Nadia Isaac – Relief and Development Aid I...

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One of the privileges of studying in The Hague is being in the city of peace and justice filled with international organizations and opportunities. My name is Nadia Isaac and I’m a 4th year student who did my internship at Cordaid in The Hague specifically. This was an opportunity for which I was predestined. Finding an internship is always difficult and after months of searching for an internship with no luck I was contacted by a previous IPM student who notified me of an opening at Cordaid. Naturally I jumped at this opportunity – this was the beginning of something great; it has opened a new door for me.

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International Sport Management and corona, a lecturer’s ...

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Corona. Up until three months ago, the main association I had with this word was a nice refreshing Mexican beer on Coronado Beach, California. It now stands for social distancing, self-isolation and teaching from home. That latter is quite a challenge but also a chance to start using the digital teaching materials that have been around for a while.

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International Sport Management and corona, a student’s e...

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More free time: just a few of weeks ago it was every student’s dream. Now the highlight of my day is making my way to the grocery store, with the rest of it dictated by self-isolation and social distancing. Enjoy the weather? Meet up with friends? Not while everyone is stuck in their rooms and everything revolves around soap, toiler paper and #StayHome.

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Student Blog: Mark van der Veen on his Internship in Gha...

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Last July, I travelled to Accra, Ghana for 20 weeks to do my internship at the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions (ISEES). ISEES is an institution involved in research, education and training, consultancy, community development, and the development of innovative solutions in renewable energy and efficiency, water sanitation and hygiene, agriculture, and forestry – all with the ultimate goal of improving the livelihoods of people, their environments as well as small enterprises in Ghana.

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Student Blog: Rachel Aimakhu on her Internship in Niger...

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My name is Rachel Aimakhu and I am a 4th year IPM student. For my internship, I opted for the field of PR (Public Relations) which comprises around 5% of the IPM program (something we learnt as part of the Professional English subject). As an individual who loves to explore and learn new things, going for that tiny percent of an interestingly vast and in-depth field such as PR, is by far one of the smartest decisions I’ve made. Most intriguing for me was that for my internship I had the opportunity to travel back to Nigeria, West Africa, where the first (almost) two decades of my life were spent living and learning the tradition and culture of this beautiful nation. I left Nigeria permanently for the Netherlands nearly a decade ago and it is surprisingly refreshing to be back here.

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More than sci-fi in Delft

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The city of the future is not just something from science fiction. Students from the User Experience Design (UXD) degree programme are also shaping the future, explains lecturer Tim van den Bosch. “Our degree programme works together with various clients in the city of Delft. Students help the city to think about smart technologies, to make sure that Delft will still be attractive in 2040.”

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Urban Development professor

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Since 1 June 2020, Katja Rusinovic has been a professor of Urban Development at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her work centres around the themes of social mobility, citizenship, (labour) migration, the urban labour market, education and new forms of housing for seniors. In addition, she is currently conducting research on the social impact of COVID-19 in The Hague.

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3 reliable sources about the coronavirus

Fake news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is regularly circulated on social media and WhatsApp. It is therefore extremely important to consult reliable sources for the correct information about the virus and the current situation in the Netherlands.

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Lecturer of THUAS tested positive for COVID-19

A lecturer from the Skin Therapy programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences has been tested positive for the Corona virus (COVID-19). This infection has been traced back to a vacation in the north of Italy. The lecturer notified the Dutch Health Service (GGD) on Friday evening, 6 March that they were unwell. On Sunday the lecturer was tested for the virus. During the morning of 10 March it was made known that the test was positive. The lecturer is currently at home in isolation and doing well under the circumstances.

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An unusual internship in the nursing degree programme

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In a normal internship you shadow people who work in your future professional field. But for first-year Nursing students it’s not a normal internship. Interns put themselves in the shoes of their future patients. Wessel’s story explains why this has been a great success: “Through this internship I really understood what I can mean to someone else.”

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Coronavirus: What does The Hague University of Applied S...

The first coronavirus infections in the Netherlands have been detected. The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants to help prevent further spread of the virus and therefore follows the guidelines of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Process & Food Technology students put seaweed on the ma...

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“All-natural, local and zero-waste. A circular economy. This is where we are all headed, together,” says lecturer Fabrice Ducept. His students in the Process & Food Technology degree programme conducted research aimed at products made from Dutch seaweed on behalf of a company in The Hague. “This approach effectively closes the circle in multiple ways.”  

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A first: IB is the first to sign an international intern...

Global citizenship Student life Programmes Internationalisation

International Business has a great scoop at THUAS! The program is the first program within our university to sign an extension to a "Memorandum of Understanding" that recognizes each other’s internships. This extension is signed with partner university Universidad de la Sabana in Colombia.

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Students pitch innovative filtration system to tackle pl...

“We are in our twenties and still have our whole life ahead of us on this planet. We are also industrial designers. With the Floating Coconet we are tackling the largest environmental problem in the world: plastics in the rivers and oceans.” If their project wins, they could take home a cool US $100,000.

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HBO-ICT Students Join The Challenge against Environmenta...

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A better future: It’s what we all want. But that is easier said than done, because how can you truly contribute? Well, students of the HBO-ICT degree programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences have some ideas. From a drone that measures nitrogen to a machine that helps your plants grow: Over the past few months, the students have been working hard to make their own innovations a reality. At the Expo for The Challenge held on Wednesday, January 29, they gathered in the Atrium to present their sustainable inventions to an interested crowd.

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Pieter van Foreest and The Hague University of Applied S...

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Providing innovative care is a topic that is very dear to The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Pieter van Foreest. The two parties signed a partnership agreement on Monday 27 January. They will work together on a research and innovation programme to address a number of challenges in elderly care. New technological discoveries and professional education play a key role here.

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Boy van den Berg: head of a faculty for a day

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Boy van den Berg has everything under control. Fortunately, his schedule for this Thursday is not completely packed. For an entire day, this 14-year-old lower secondary student gets to be the boss of the Faculty of IT& Design. Boy comments, “When I was picked up by Han this morning, I was feeling a little anxious. But in a good way. But all that nervousness disappeared during our breakfast meeting.” What on earth!? A 14-year-old in the dean’s chair at THUAS? An explanation is in order here.

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Up close and personal during the Participation Podcast

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What began as a school assignment evolved into a passionate hobby for Myrthe Gerritse, 21, and Sophie Adam, 23. After earning a diploma in Nursing from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, these two young women are continuing the Participation Podcast, during which guests share their stories and experiences with health issues. ‘’It only takes one person to share his or her story to inspire others to do the same.’’

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Mission Zero Centre of Expertise launches new coin

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The coin was launched after the inaugural lecture by Sander Mertens – Professor of Energy in Transition. For most people, it came as a surprise. After all, who receives gifts when a professor is appointed? Sander is part of the Mission Zero Centre of Expertise, which had developed a surprising gift in coordination with the New Finance research group – the Mission Zero Coin. This is a crypto coin that aims to strengthen collaboration within the network of the centre of expertise.

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Sustainable Development Goals in our education

Ten years ago, The Hague University of Applied Sciences became a UNESCO school. Last year we signed the declaration of intent to pay special attention to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in our education. During the opening of the new academic year, Christine de Lille, Innovation Networks professor, showed why the SDGs are so closely aligned to our university of applied sciences and what degree programmes are already doing to help achieve these goals.

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Opening speech of the academic year on the theme of pers...

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The Hague University of Applied Sciences has been a UNESCO school for the past ten years, one of ten thousand schools around the world committed to international unity, tolerance and solidarity. At the inauguration of the 2019-2020 academic year, chair of the Executive Board Leonard Geluk explains why it’s important to be a UNESCO school and the role of personal growth.

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The Sustainable Development Goals in motion(?)

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According to Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO “education has the responsibility to be in gear with 21st century challenges and aspirations, foster the right type of skills that will lead to growth and peaceful living together”.

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Sailing trip brings the circular economy closer to home

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The circular economy is the future. At least, if it were up to Esmée Amsen. She will soon be graduating on this sustainability theme. The fourth-year student in Process & Food Technology found a lot of inspiration during a February sailing trip from St Maarten to Amsterdam.

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Blog post: Panel Alternative Dispute Resolution

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On the 16th of May, the Lectoraat Mulitlevel Regulation organized an event in which professionals were invited to discuss career opportunities in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and give advice to students on how to pursue such a career. This blogpost contains the most valuable advices that been given during this panel.

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8th Employer Network Event 17th May of the Law degree pr...

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Students and alumni from dozens of different countries, professionals and representatives from leading organisations in the field of peace and law, and representatives from universities around the world will gather on 17 May at the Employer Network Event (ENE) organised by the International and European Law (Law) degree programme at THUAS. National and international experts will speak at this event.

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Partnering for Peace and Justice: Launch of the UN Studi...

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On Tuesday 7th May, Professor Alanna O’Malley, Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), hosted a networking event in the Peace Palace in The Hague. A number of researchers committed to doing research on the United Nations and global governance as a whole gathered to exchange ideas and build partnerships. Many of the attendants will become members of the core team which will support Professor O’Malley’s Chair.

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Growth is encouraged here

Director Deborah Mevissen asked student Lucy Isenia if she wanted to spend an orientation day at the service department. Lucy didn’t have to think twice about this offer. A mother of two, Lucy came to the Netherlands from Curaçao at the age of 27 to study business administration. She wanted to develop herself. And she was certainly not going to pass up an orientation day with a director of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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Where are the women in global governance?

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To commemorate International Women’s Day we gathered on 8th March at Humanity Hub in The Hague to hear a lecture by Prof Alanna O’Malley who is the combined Chair/Lector of UN Studies for Peace and Justice for both Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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Time for students to grab the microphone

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On Wednesday 6th March 2019 Professor O’Malley has presented the research agenda for the Lectoraat United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice and gave a talk entitled: ‘The United Nations, From Blue Helmets to Blue Skies'.

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Spotlight on lesser known aspects of the UN

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Over the next three years new appointed professor Alanna ‘O Malley will set up and lead the research group UN Studies: Peace and Justice. “I want to change the way people think about the UN. Often people say the UN doesn’t do enough, but I think it is an incredibly dynamic organization.”

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NSE increase for five degree programmes is reason to cel...

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The Executive Board (EB) put five degree programmes in the limelight due to the great increased results in the Dutch National Student Survey (NSE). Besides compliments for their performances, the teams were given cake, or another tasty treat. ‘The trick is to be strict and teach students and to satisfy them that way.’

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Brilliant time in Denver

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Last August, I travelled to Denver in the United States for my Criminal Justice and Criminology minor. An entire 17-week semester I followed four subjects at the Metropolitan State Univerisity of Denver (MSU Denver).

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Earning money from sandpits

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The Energy in Transition research group at THUAS has been active since 1 August. On Monday 28 January, Professor Sander Mertens gave a lunchtime lecture at The Lighthouse. “The future is already well on the way.”

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Optimal wheelchair with wheelchair ergometer

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The research lab at the Zuiderpark Sports Campus has a wheelchair ergometer. The wheelchair ergometer offers the possibility to train as realistically and precisely as possible in your own wheelchair or handbike. It is also possible to search for what the optimal wheelchair settings are. If you would like to see how it works, watch the film below.

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Lower House MP: “Internationalisation, a necessary condi...

Global citizenship Internationalisation

During a working visit on 21 January to The Hague University of Applied Sciences & THUAS Campus at Leiden University, CDA MP Harry van der Molen held discussions with students, a professor, a rector and a policy advisor to find out about the use and necessity of internationalisation and global citizenship in higher education.

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Explaining the Netherlands to foreign students

Internationalisation

THUAS has organised the Dutch Insights series of talks so that international students can become acquainted with Dutch culture. Dutch politics, water management and naturally Sinterklaas were among the topics discussed. The students listened with amazement and wonder.

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We are doing more about sustainability than you think

Global citizenship

What is The Hague University of Applied Sciences actually doing about sustainability? Is THUAS doing enough? Why, for example, is there no separate waste collection in the public areas of the main campus? These were the questions students brought to Maria Toko, student member of the General Council. She discussed them with the Executive Board at THUAS and it seems: “We do more than most people know.”

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Students acting as consultants for the government

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From September to November, it seemed as if they had finished their studies. That’s because they were working as Junior Consultants for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). They delivered a substantial advisory report for companies that were interested in a trade delegation to Colombia.

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Police and fire brigade turn to students for help

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The police and fire brigade asked students in the dual degree programme Applied Safety & Security Studies to help them come up with innovative solutions. This was a fantastic project, as it gave the fourth-year students a chance to work with a real-world client. But it was also somewhat vague: just what kind of innovative solution was in order? It was, in short, a challenge.

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Extra rooms for international students

Student life

You spend months on end sleeping in your car, couchsurfing at friends’ houses, or even having to book expensive hotels. Accommodation problems in The Hague mean that students sleep here, there and everywhere. International students in particular have a hard time finding a room. German student, Maren Flunkert (22), shared her experiences of her “insanely long and tiring search.”

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Let’s all go outdoors

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Good natural sciences education encourages environmentally-friendly behaviour. Nature should be seen, heard, smelt and tasted. That is why Pabo students are going outdoors with The Hague’s primary school pupils. Student Vlera: “It’s great that in The Hague you can go outdoors if you want to give natural science lessons.”

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Energy for facility managers

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Chantal Spruit is proud. Her bachelor’s thesis, entitled ‘Facility manager, hier krijg je energie van!’ (Facility managers get energy from this!) was awarded the FMN Student Award 2018 by Facility Management Nederland. A real honour. Since then, Chantal has received noticeably more connection requests on LinkedIn.

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“Finally! No more cold chicken.”

A short while ago, Floris van Vliet (21) joined the THUAS student panel meeting. “Just for half an hour. I wanted to suggest a good idea to the Executive Board – if they would install microwaves. And what turned out? Others had suggested it before me.” At the request of students, two brand new microwaves have been installed next to the entrance of the canteen.

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Blockchain is incredibly popular at THUAS

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Blockchain technology has the potential to change the world. So it is important that THUAS keeps its finger on the pulse. Lecturer and researcher Jordi Jansen started a knowledge network and teaches a minor on blockchain and FinTech. His lectures are always packed.

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Delft makes use of students’ fresh perspective

How can you use smart technology to improve the daily life of Delft residents? Well, there are plenty of possibilities. This was clearly shown on Monday 17 December in a short exhibition by students from the User Experience Design degree programme. The students demonstrated how they can play a role in the modernisation of the Municipality of Delft’s digital agenda.

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Subsidy application by students makes art accessible for...

The Escher Museum in The Hague wanted to make the art of Maurits Escher accessible for the blind and partially sighted. Pupils from Technasium ISW Hoogland consulted with the target group and developed ideas for this. Public Administration students wrote a subsidy application which allowed the ideas to become a reality.

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Sporting champion’s difficult choices work out well

During the European Championships in Berlin this summer, Marlene van Gansewinkel (second-year Human Kinetic Technology student) won gold for the 100 and the 200 metre sprints, and on top of that, they were both world records. So, you could say that 2018 was a good year for her. But it didn’t look that way in 2017. A different training method and the decision to study ensured she overcame her post-Olympic dip.

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Students successfully present prototype of augmented rea...

Andra and Rubina from the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) degree programme are enthusiastic. During Dutch Design Week (DDW), they successfully presented three promising projects with their fellow students. One of the projects was Hilume: an augmented reality app. It allows people to find what they really need when they are shopping.

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Challenge-based learning gives the student room

Getting the most out of your degree programme. Making sure you become the professional you want to be. How do you do that? Academic career coaching is then often the answer. But not at the jubilating Nutrition and Dietetics degree programme. Last academic year, lecturers from that degree programme, Linda Kruese, Lucita Couto-Gestal and Memon Boukiour, developed challenge-based learning. Students from all years of study were involved. There are still a number of development tasks waiting.

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Saving lives with a tuk-tuk

Students Victoria Martynova, Jamie Boon and Edwin de Wit presented their ‘TukAid’ prototype during the Central Innovation District (CID) conference. They developed a conversion kit to turn a tuk-tuk into a ‘Tuk-tuk Ambulance’. Through the conversion kits, the students want to contribute to better and faster emergency care in places where it is not always self-evident or even possible.

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The multiBALL movement wall helps improve children’s mot...

The Netherlands’ first multiBALL movement wall is now in the Zuiderpark Sport Campus. The Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment research group and its students will carry out research into the role this technology can play in stimulating the motor development of children.

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New code of conduct for independent research and researc...

Research

Whereas previously there were separate codes of conduct for scientific integrity for the research universities and the universities of applied sciences, there is now a new code of conduct applicable to both. The common code is a token of emancipation for the universities of applied sciences. A logical development as practice-oriented research at universities of applied sciences is gaining in importance. Why is a code needed and how will it benefit scientists and society?

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New extraordinary chair for the study of the United Nati...

Research

As of 1 September 2018 Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences have an extraordinary chair for the study of the United Nations. Professor Alanna O'Malley will for the next three years, set up and lead the research group UN Studies: Peace and Justice both at Leiden University as a Professor by special appointment and at The Hague University of Applied sciences as a lector. On Tuesday 20th November Prof. O’Malley will present the research agenda for the Chair and give a talk entitled: ‘The United Nations, From Blue Helmets to Blue Skies.

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Awards for practical research

Research

During the Prize Parade on 1 November, awards were given out for the best thesis, the best team of lecturers and the best research. The Hague Councillor for Education Saskia Bruines was member of the jury for that last award. “The research were all about things that touched on current issues in society. They are all very useful.”

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Grip on Europe

Europe, is that not that slow and yet thundering juggernaut constantly spewing out new rules from Brussels? Rules that we experience as a fait accompli? Fortunately, we have Mendeltje van Keulen. This new research professor gives us a handle with which we, citizens, policy makers and businesses, can get a grip on Europe. She will hold her inaugural lecture on this on 6 November.

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IPM student wins the Gandhi Essay Writing Competition

Programmes

As part of International Public Management's (IPM) ongoing collaboration with Stichting Standbeeld Mahatma Gandhi, Elizabeth Joss (Lecturer of English) and students were invited to the International Day of Non-Violence at the Peace Palace on the 2nd of October 2018. During the event, the winners of the Gandhi Essay Writing Competition (held by the Stichting) were announced. Hence, we are proud to announce the top three places held by our students: in first-place, Guna Alvika (IPM 3), second place, Marita Sakellaki (IPM 3) and in third place, Guido Cucchio (IPM 2).

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“I want to have a positive effect on my environment, abo...

In September, Deniz Dibooglu (22) won the ECHO Award 2018, a national prize for excellent talent with a non-Western background in higher education. He graduated from the HRM degree programme in February. As a schoolboy he wanted to become a lawyer and earn a lot of money, now Deniz wants to have a positive effect on the world around him, above all.

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Sport Studies students promote Uniek Sporten App

It is not always easy for athletes with disabilities to find suitable sports facilities in their own municipality. The Uniek Sporten (Unique Sports) App offers a solution. But how do you spread the word about the app and reach the target group? Sport Studies students took care of that.

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First visiting scholar, Dr. Adriana Perez-Encinas

The research group Global Learning will welcome Dr. Adriana Perez-Encinas as its first Visiting Scholar. Visiting scholars spend a shorter or longer period at THUAS and contribute new perspectives on our research and educational practice.

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‘Grande dame’ Susana Menéndez saying farewell

Susana Menéndez is also known unofficially at THUAS as the grande dame of internationalism in higher education. As a member of the Executive Board, she was the driving force behind our school’s ambition to become the most international university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Now, ten years after her appointment, Menéndez is saying farewell. She was honoured for her service during ‘Leadership in Internationalisation of Higher Education’, a symposium held on 12 June.

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Rajash Rawal appointed member of the Executive Board as ...

Rajash Rawal, currently the Dean of the Faculty of Management and Organisation at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, has been appointed a member of the Executive Board at THUAS starting 1 September. Rajash is replacing Susana Menéndez who held the position for ten years and is stepping down on 1 September.

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Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize spoke at Law Employment ...

On 25 May, The Hague University of Applied Sciences was right at the centre of the Law Employment Network Event: a platform attracting 250 students of more than 70 nationalities and 60 alumni as well as professionals and representatives from universities located all over the world. This conference featured nationally and internationally recognised speakers, including one very special one: a representative from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an organisation that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

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Students examine in detail protocols for child abuse

Students on the Youth Services minor commissioned by Haaglanden Municipal Health Service to research whether voluntary organisations are aware of child abuse. Do they recognise child abuse and do they know what they should do? Sherelyn Suares and Romy van Buuren talked about their research at Don Bosco summer camps.

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World Class students meet King Abdullah

How often would you get the chance to meet King Abdullah of Jordan and King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima in a single setting? King Abdullah was in the Netherlands on 20 March for a state visit. Students of the World Class The Hague had been invited to attend a lecture given by King Abdullah and then ask him questions afterward.

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Urbi et provincia

King’s Commissioner of South Holland Jaap Smit gave a guest lecture on 5 April. Relaxed, but no less convincing because of this, the former pastor discussed his work and the role of the province.

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Prize for Mobility Resource Centre

On 19 March, professor Arend de Kloet of the rehabilitation research group was awarded the Onbeperkt070 (The Hague without limits) prize by the Hague alderman Karsten Klein. De Kloet is the driving force behind the idea to open a Mobility Resource Centre (Mobilitheek), where people with a disability can borrow mobility equipment. The initiative received €7,500 in cash for its implementation.

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Connected 2018 – the aftermovie

On Friday 23 February the third edition of Connected festival took place. A party for students and employees of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. With 2,500 visitors a lively atmosphere.

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Blockchain and bitcoin: beyond the hype

Research

Bitcoins and blockchain are the magic words these days. But what are they exactly? And will they really change the world? Students Hans Xiang and Martin Wubben, together with lecturer Jordi Jansen, revealed what lies behind these magic words during a seminar.

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Pop-up store with beer grain bread wins first prize

Will visitors to the MegaStores shopping centre soon be ordering bread made from grains remaining after beer brewing? A jury with representatives of MegaStores was quite impressed by this green shop concept, the brainchild of students in the Consultancy & Change minor programme.

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Students interview Mayor Krikke

Mayor Pauline Krikke will be visiting various educational institutions during the period ahead in order to get a better picture of The Hague’s future population. And she paid the first of these visits to The Hague University of Applied Sciences. In an interview that gave students a chance to ask her anything, she made it plain that she ‘very much disagreed’ another party member, Mark Rutte.

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Masoumeh from Iran: 'The MICM programme at The Hague Uni...

Refugees are given the opportunity to build a career and create a new future in a new country, which is the goal of the Bright Future Scholarship, offered by the Academy for Masters & Professional Courses. Those who have arrived to the Netherlands as refugees are given the chance to further their studies and make use their talents and skills. One of them is Masoumeh Jamalinia (32), a journalist from Iran who had to flee her country and work (with the BBC) to Georgia for her own safety. With her personal, powerful and poetic essay, she won the scholarship. "I am now able to further develop in my field."

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Moutayam from Syria: 'After completing my MBA at The Hag...

Refugees are given the opportunity to build a career and create a new future in a new country, which is the goal of the Bright Future Scholarship, offered by the Academy for Masters & Professional Courses. Those who have arrived to the Netherlands as refugees are given the chance to further their studies and make use their talents and skills. One of them is Moutayam Altaweel (39), who escaped Syria with his wife and landed in The Netherlands. His strong and personal essay radiated entrepreneurship, making him the recipient of the scholarship. "Now I can get my MBA and start my own business."

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Rabie from Syria: ’The MFMC programme at The Hague Unive...

Refugees are given the opportunity to build a career and create a new future in a new country, which is the goal of the Bright Future Scholarship, offered by the Academy for Masters & Professional Courses. Those who have arrived to the Netherlands as refugees are given the chance to further their studies and make use their talents and skills. One of them is Rabie Enini (38) who fled Syria together with his wife and children. His essay, written with so much enthusiasm and passions, awarded him the scholarship. "I see it as a chance to start over."

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Hans Camps joins the Executive Board of THUAS on 1 Decem...

Hans Camps, currently a member of the Executive Board at the Mondriaan regional training centre, will be joining the Executive Board at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on 1 December. He is succeeding Jan Lintsen, who was appointed member of the board at the University of Amsterdam on 1 September. With the addition of Hans to the Executive Board, THUAS once again has a fully staffed board.

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Profile for Executive Board member reappointment

The new Improved Governance (Higher Education) Act that took effect on 1 January 2017 affects the appointment and reappointment procedure for members of the Executive Board. The focal areas of this new law are quality, transparency and support on the part of the organisation.

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King Willem-Alexander visits The Hague Security Delta

Educating new talent in the field of cybersecurity, a security robot that can conduct surveillance without human intervention, and the findings of research about how society can be made less vulnerable to cyber-attacks: a work visit that King Willem-Alexander made to The Hague Security Delta (HSD) on 23 March addressed the latest innovations in the field of security. HSD is a network of companies, government agencies and knowledge institutions (including The Hague University of Applied Sciences) that focuses on the development of knowledge in the field of security.

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Students’ Choice for Movies that Matter: ‘Film is a powe...

Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui are once again launching the Movies that Matter Festival. At this film festival, directors from all over the world present more than 70 feature films and documentaries about human rights. Fifteen enthusiastic students served as members of the student jury for the film festival and nominated three films for the ‘Students’ Choice Award’. Two of them, Lysaifeni Wout and João Pires from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, looked back on this special time

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Zuiderpark Sports Campus nearing completion

What began more than 10 years ago as an ambition statement under the inspiring guidance of former Academy Director for Sports Studies John van den Berg is soon to become a reality 11 years later with the completion of the Zuiderpark Sports Campus at the end of February. The Teacher Education in Physical Education (HALO) and Sports Studies (formerly Sports Management) degree programmes will be relocating to Zuiderpark this summer.

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Brazilians and THUAS students put bakery products on the...

Fifteen Brazilian and fifteen THUAS students spent Monday afternoon working on the Challenge of Ideas. They have five days to develop a plan to increase familiarity with the Dutch company Zeelandia – a specialist in bakery ingredients – among 63,000 Brazilian bakeries.

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The Paralympic Road to Rio

On 11 April the Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport at The Hague University of Applied Sciences held the symposium ‘The Paralympic Road to Rio’. Inspiring and prominent speakers like André Cats and Esther Vergeer talked about relevant aspects of adapted top-class sports, a nice foretaste of the paralympic study trip.

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Practical innovative strength at the interface of techno...

Four universities of applied sciences from the Province of South Holland have joined Medical Delta, a network of knowledge institutions, healthcare institutions and companies in the Life Sciences, Health and Technology sectors. The inclusion of the universities of applied sciences gives Medical Delta greater depth and breadth in the area of occupation-oriented education and practice-based research. The goal of the collaboration is to have society benefit more from knowledge and entrepreneurship in the healthcare-related and medical technical fields.

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