Whether it's a new kind of fuel, a meat substitute or medicine: the idea of creating end products from raw materials fascinates you. But it has to be done in an efficient, clean and safe manner! During the first three years of the Process & Food Technology degree programme, you will learn about processes in both the food and chemical industries. You will be making a contribution in various fields and then consciously choose your specialisation for the fourth year. Are you graduating in nutrition or are you more interested in synthetic substances? Mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology are the starting point of many subjects, but you will also work on cooperation and (international) communication. And everything you learn will be applied in relevant assignments. In year 1 you already begin working for real companies.
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Gaining process knowledge
To improve the processes, you first have to know them well. That is why in the first year you learn, for example, how to make cheese, brew beer, purify water and develop chemical products. You can immediately put everything you learn in these chemistry classes into practice. In the process, you develop some initial ideas: how can it be done smarter, faster or cleaner? In the first year, you also work on your communication skills. You learn how to conduct efficient meetings, write clear reports and work respectfully with different cultures. This will prepare you well for your internships (abroad). You will also receive academic career coaching and experience how you can easily reach out to your lecturers with questions.
In year 2, you will start working on an important current topic: how to design safe and sustainable production processes. To learn this, you will work with existing companies and organisations that want to upgrade their systems. Responsible conduct is an important topic, so expectations will be high! You will work with big names, such as the international company Sensus or the Dutch multinational Akzo Nobel. Together with your project group, you work on simulation software for risk management and you look at promising and sustainable innovations. Will you and your fellow students discover new food products by using inulin (a natural sugar substitute) from vegetables? Will you help a brewery to improve their heat transfer? Or maybe you will work with sustainable plastics?
Minors and internships
In year 3, you start with a minor. This enables you to deepen your knowledge in a certain field or broaden your skills. You will also be able to customise your degree programme and distinguish yourself on the labour market. Do you want to improve your technical skills? Or do you want to learn more about entrepreneurship? It is all possible! Maybe international development cooperation is a logical next step for you. You decide how to increase your future value and impact. Do you prefer more in-depth knowledge? In that case PFT offers an interesting minor in Food Product Design. But you can also complete a minor at another university of applied sciences or research university.
In the second semester, you do an internship. You can choose a longer 20-week project or two shorter 10-week internships. The degree programme has many partners in large and small companies and we cooperate with universities all over the world. Maybe you will perform a safety analysis for a start-up that is launching a new brand of baby food, or you do an internship at a large chemical company that wants to make its operations more sustainable. Students also do internships at engineering firms and pharmaceutical companies, and they conduct research, for example, at TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) or at a foreign university. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a new (corporate) culture.
Specialisation and graduation
In the final year of the degree programme, you specialise: you will focus strictly on the chemical side or on food. In the first semester, you deepen your knowledge of your chosen field with working groups, lectures and projects. Are you focussing on processes in the food industry? Then you could be working on functional foods such as cholesterol-lowering margarine, for example. If you choose to specialise in chemical process technology, you could be working with catalysis to generate as few emissions as possible. And then the moment has come: in the final semester of the 4-year English-language Process & Food Technology degree programme, you graduate by completing an assignment at a company. You apply everything you have learned in the previous years to your graduation thesis, your presentation and thesis defence.
I have been a Lecturer of English proficiency [ESL], Academic Writing, and Communication (including Communication across Cultures) at the Hague University of Applied Sciences since 2014. And since my fist day at HHS (PFT, Applied Mathematics, Business Engineering, and Civil Engineering departments), I have been enjoying my work as well as my interaction with the students in and outside the classes. Proper communication, either in a form of a scientific report, an argumentative discussion, or a presentation, as well as decent English proficiency (preferably, a solid C1 level) are the competencies, in my opinion, which are of vital importance for each professional in the 21th century: for a chemical technologist/ food engineer as well as for an AI specialist. What I am basically doing is that I am teaching these young professionals to communicate with the world around them. I followed “Business Sustainability Management” course at Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership in 2020 to enhance my impact and to teach students to make morally appropriate choices during their future carrier. I obtained my Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Groningen in 2008.
After 20 years in France as a food engineering researcher and teacher, I now enjoy being a full-time teacher for the Process and Food Technology program. Teaching means supporting students in their journey towards the BSc, their professional life and their citizen responsibility. That's why I like to teach basic knowledge to professional practices. My favorite approach: learning by doing with projects and lab experiments. Finally, international students and international professors, many contacts with companies: this offers a very pleasant and favorable teaching and learning environment.
I’m Farah and I’m your Study & Career Coaching teacher! After graduating from University, I noticed there is a gap in the skills that we learn in school and the skills that are actually needed in the working field. That’s why I became a teacher. My aim is to help students develop the professional skills they need in the working field. I teach about skills like Personal Branding, Networking, Pitching and more. As a teacher, I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and some humor to my classroom. I hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage my students to learn and grow as a person and a professional.
I have been a chemistry lecturer since April 2015. I have a background in chemical engineering and specialise in Analytical Chemistry.
My name is Cindy, you will see me as a Project Coach in the 1st year. Aside from being Quality Assurance Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and Alumni Coordinator, I also organise the Minor Development Cooperation & Globalisation. I studied Organisation & Management and Quality & Process management. I joined PFT in 2010. What I enjoy about my job is working with students from all over the world.
My name is Xiangmei Meng, and I am a senior lecturer at the Process and Food Technology Programme. I teach different technical subjects such as thermodynamics, physical transport phenomena, risk management, process design, and process dynamics and control. Furthermore, I am a member of the exam board, internship and graduation supervisor, project coach and semester coordinator. I did my bachelor's and master's degree studies in China, and obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology.
As a chemical engineer, I work as a lab-technician at the PFT (Process & Food Technology) programme. Next to providing practical lab classes, I also focus on curriculum development of the programme, the guidance of research interns and the implementation of analytical lab equipment. I am part of the research groups Technology for Health and Photonics, working on topics such as bio-degradable/compatible polymers in the medical sector and the application of FTIR/NIR techniques in the food industry.
My name is Ron Haring and I have been working for The Hague University since 1990. I started at the Dutch Chemical Technology programme which later turned into Process & Food Technology. My role in the team is Senior Lab Instructor and so I am jointly responsible for the practical classes in the laboratories and kitchens. Additionally, I am the PR coordinator and involved in everything that has to do with open days, trial study, day with a student, new students and alumni activities. Furthermore, I am also project coach and mentor. I am in contact with students before they even start the programme (via our PR activities and study choice check interviews), during the programme (via practical classes, projects and mentor sessions) and when students have graduated and are working professionals (offering internships, excursions or guest lectures and alumni activities). Working with these young people is inspiring and keeps me young as well 😊.
Seeing students grow and develop makes me feel great, because I may have been a small part of that achievement. That's why I am very glad that I made the switch to education in 2019, after having worked in a corporate environment for nine years, at Unilever R&D. PFT is an international environment and has a project-based approach to learning. This is what I like best about PFT. I also believe it is a very realistic approach: many small and large food companies are international and project-based. My main areas of teaching and coaching are in food-related topics. I hold an MSc in Food Engineering from Wageningen University and a PhD in Food Technology from University College Cork. Developing food products with students using our kitchen, developing a beer brewing process using a software tool, or showing them the beauty of a ketchup under a microscope, really energises me. Therefore, I always try to combine practice and theory, which is one of the reasons I am also a research lecturer for one day in the Photonics group. For me, the most important thing is that students learn useful skills and acquire knowledge during their PFT study that they can later apply in their professional life. Maybe later they will even look back and think “Ah, so that's what miss Hilde was talking about back then”.
My name is Mark Leemhuis. I joined the PFT programme back in 2006 as a chemistry lecturer. Right after obtaining my master’s in chemistry at the University of Amsterdam and my PhD at Utrecht University, I wanted to stay in the academic world and contribute to the education of skilled and enthusiastic professionals. These days, I have a lot more tasks than just teaching chemistry. I was a member of the faculty exam board, for example. Currently, I still am a member of the PFT assessment committee. Additionally, I am the internship and graduation coordinator for our programme, and I am also doing applied research in the field of material technology and 3D printing. I see it as a fun challenge to introduce difficult topics in a light and breezy manner so that it becomes easier and more fun to study.
My name is Maikel Maloncy. I obtained my doctorate degree at Delft University of Technology in the research area of Membrane Technology, Catalysis and Process Design. While doing my PhD, I was employed as a lecturer at the Process and Food Technology (PFT) Programme of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Currently, I am fulfilling several roles and functions within the university. I teach Chemical & Food Engineering subjects, and I am the international coordinator of PFT. I am also part of the Future Urban Systems research group (previous name: Urban Metabolism research group). My research topic is on Improving Waste Management in Developing Countries.
As a teacher, I enjoy preparing my lesson material and presenting concepts in a way that interests students. In my ideal world, students look forward to coming to my class and leave each lesson a little bit more inspired, a little bit challenged (but not intimidated) and with a little bit more curiosity than before. Meeting and interacting with students from diverse backgrounds is the best part of my job. Since 2009, I have been involved in teaching technical subjects to all 4-year students of the Process & Food Technology programme. Before that, I graduated with PhD in Chemical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, worked a few years in the semiconductor industry and also did a postdoc stint at TU Delft.
Below we show some video’s made by our students in study projects. Be inspired by drafting your own beer and listen to short term and longer term goals from one of our students for the future.
Iris van der Woude
About the apple project
About finding my passion
About making cheese
About my internship abroad
About the apple project
Iris van der Woude
During the apple project in block 2 of year 2, we designed production lines using every bit of an apple. My group made apple juice as the main production line. From the seeds, core, stamp, crown and skin of the apple we made other products. When we found the right recipe, we upscaled the product from a kitchen scale to an industrial scale. During this upscaling we used all the information that we had gained in our technical classes. This is how we learn to put the theory into practice.
About finding my passion
PFT offered me the great opportunity to apply my knowledge in the industrial field during my internships. My graduation internship was at Janssen Biologics B.V. in the maintenance department, where I researched the root causes for the occasional pressure drops in the compressed air system. Throughout my work, I understood that my passion lies in process engineering more than anything. That is when I decided to pursue my ambition and started the Pre-Master Program at Eindhoven University. After this year, I intend to continue my studies and follow a Chemical Engineering master program with the focus on process technology.
About making cheese
Each block I have a new group to work with on a specific project. In block 2 of year 1 we had to work on the production of Gouda cheese on an industrial scale. We were six people in total. We had nine weeks to complete the project, and during these weeks we had three workshops with an expert. I also had the chance to make my own Gouda cheese. It was fun! The making of Gouda cheese is a long process containing steps where you have to wait between an hour to five hours, so we had the chance to go out and to get to know each other better. To have fun.
About my internship abroad
I had my third-year internship in Ghana, which is a place full of memories. These six months have been so impressive that I won’t forget them for the rest of my life. I started working for Emigoh, a leading food company in western Africa. My daily work was to develop a process flow diagram, modify standard operating procedures and improve product quality examination. I cannot describe how excited I was to implement all my knowledge into real production. Besides, the foreign culture and local friends make the experience so unique. I highly recommend an internship abroad!
In year 3 of the 4-year English-language Process & Food Technology degree programme, you choose a minor. This allows you to look beyond your own degree programme or to further specialise as a process and food engineer. You can choose the PFT-minor Food Product Design, for example, where you will also work with students from Nutrition & Dietetics and Industrial Design Engineering. In this minor you focus on the development or improvement of new and existing products. Do you prefer to broaden your knowledge by taking a completely different kind of minor? The possibilities at THUAS and beyond are endless. If you want to set up your own startup. you may want to focus on entrepreneurship, or delve into sociology to learn more about the human aspects of business. Would you like to use the minor as an opportunity to go abroad? In the minor Development Cooperation, you contribute your knowledge to development projects in Africa.
During the 4-year PFT programme, you will learn through an interesting mix of teaching formats. You follow theoretical subjects, but mainly carry out practical assignments. Other learning experiences will also further your development. You will go on a field trip to a water purification plant, a brewery and a company that produces catalysts for sustainable fuels. You will work alone or with fellow students on projects and issues that directly affect organisations. You immediately apply the theory you have learned in practice, and during your degree programme you already contribute to a more sustainable society.
ExchangesWe have excellent partnerships with companies and educational institutions in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Ghana, Indonesia and China. For example, you can do an exchange internship in Portugal where you will work on innovative enzymes for bread production. In Spain, you can contribute to research on nanoparticles for the pharmaceutical industry and in Ghana, you help to transform waste into biogas.
Hi! My name is Sol Martinez, I am 21 years old, from Aruba. Currently I am doing the PFT programme. These past 2 years have been amazing, yet challenging. PFT is a broad study, in which knowledge is provided in different aspects. This gives me as a student a better view of each field. Besides this, PFT is a multinational study in which you learn how to interact with different cultures. If you feel confused or you’re not sure about something? You’re more than welcome to contact me for any question.Ask Sol a question
Hello everyone, I am Lujain Brinkman, I am 21 years old, I m studying in Process & Food Technology aiming to become a future engineer. I am currently in my second year of the program and I will be done within two years. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information about our program It is my most welcome to help you.Ask Lujain a question
Hello! I’m Giorgia, 21, from Italy, and I’m a final year PFT student at the HHS. So far these 3 years at PFT have been a real journey full of challenges and fun moments too. The program is so broad and yet so specific that I still find it so fascinating. But now less about me and more about you. Are you not sure about something? Do you feel the need of some help? Don’t worry, I was exactly the same before! So go on then and contact me for any guidance and support 😊.Ask Giorgia a question
Hey! Welcome to the web page of Process and Food Technology! My name is Senna Kuijt, 23 years and I am currently in my third year of PFT. What I like most about the program is the diversity. You will be working on different projects, sometimes in a laboratory and even go on excursions to companies! If you have any questions or if you want to know more about Process and Food Technology, please do not hesitate to contact me!Ask Senna a question
Khue Minh Le
Hi! My name is Khue, I am a nineteen-year-old girl who comes from Viet Nam. I am the second-year student of the Process & Food Technology Program at THUAS. Starting a new life for studying in the Netherlands sometimes difficult however it is also enjoyable. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my studying at THUAS and also life in The Hague or the Netherlands.Ask Khue a question
A personal supervisor will help you keep track of your study progress and guide your career development. He/she will also support you if you have any personal problems that could adversely affect your school performance. A coaching assistant, usually a recent graduate, will also tutor you. He/she will assist you with the day-to-day practicalities of studying PFT. For example, by helping you improve your time management skills, or finding the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions.
To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as pEuropean art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.
If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA).
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.