The University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences must work together to arrive at a “University of the North”, so Henk Pijlman, Chairman of the board of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, will say today.
The remarks will come this afternoon on the occasion of the opening of the Academic Year at the Hanze. Pijlman’s speech is this afternoon in the Atrium of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
According to Pijlman, education must be better distributed across all provinces in the North: Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.
University of the North
The term “University of the North” was used for the first time in May, by President Jouke de Vries of the University Board of the University of Groningen.
According to De Vries, it would be a good idea for the University of Groningen to not only have a branch in Leeuwarden, but also in other northern cities: Hoogeveen, Emmen, Meppel and Assen.
Health Hub and Tech Hub
But according to Henk Pijlman, such a university in the North should not only be a matter for the University of Groningen, but for the entire Northern education system.
The Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, other colleges of higher education and senior secondary vocational education institutions should also join in, Pijlman will say.
According to Pijlman, there are already promising partnerships in other provinces, where RUG and th Hanzehogeschool work together, such as the “Health Hub” in Roden or a “tech hub” in Assen, according to the Dagblad van het Noorden.
By working together in this way, and also involving entrepreneurs and the government, the University of the North could ensure a better distribution of knowledge and economic activities in the Northern Netherlands