Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden has appointed Josephine Woltman Elpers as its director of Food & Dairy and Life Science & Technology, which is in partnership with NHL/Stenden.
Translation by Traci White
The new director will be responsible for a wide range of academic programmes, master’s degree programmes and applied research in the Food and Dairy sector. Van Hall Larenstein teaches courses related to land and water management, animal science, food technology and business with a special emphasis on sustainability.
Woltman Elpers received her PhD from the University of Groningen and has extensive experience with education, research and the business world. Elpers has taught at the University of Groningen, the Otto School of Management in Koblenz in Germany and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and became the director at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in 2013.
The new director will be responsible for the master’s degree programmes in Agricultural Production Chain Management and Innovative Dairy Chain Management; bachelor’s programmes in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Forensic Laboratory Research, Animal and Cattle Farming, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Farming, Environmental Science, Horticulture and Agriculture, and Food Technology; and associate degree programmes in Environmental Science and Food Technology.
Woltman Elpers will succeed Wendy Zuidema, who has been working at the Frisian water board Wetterskip Fryslan since May 2018. According to a press release, Woltman Elpers and the VHL Board of Directors are looking forward to working together.