31 January 2019 • by Leonard Geluk
On Thursday 31 January, our central restaurant will be brimming with our external partners. That is because THUAS is a school for students and staff, but also for companies and institutions in our region. We talk with people in our professional field every day and once a year we organise a networking dinner. We will be telling the network about our agenda and invite feedback. For instance, we will be looking at what we are working on at THUAS and the decisions will we make in the future. Above all, we will be considering how we can all pool our forces.
Marja van Bijsterveldt, Mayor of Delft, will be giving an introduction to the importance of Human Capital. I think we are being given a clear message – we need to pay more attention to education for people who have been working for years and need to update their skills. It is all about human capital. How do we ensure that companies and institutions always have well trained staff in increasingly changing professions? For THUAS, this means that we not only train young people to be future-oriented professionals, but that we also provide the right further training and retraining.
Supply and demand
Over the coming year, we will be expanding our range of education at THUAS for working people, namely for lifelong learning. We want to connect both the content and form of this education to the demand in the regional employment market wherever possible. So this will be one of the topics for discussion on Thursday.
Testing our plans
During the networking dinner, we will be looking ahead to the employment market in the years ahead. We will be talking about THUAS’ trajectory. How will we build on creating centres of expertise and how does this relate to our external partners? How can they make a contribution? We will also be talking about the quality assurance agreements that we will be making. Alongside input from our students, we also want to test our plans with our partners.
Many external partners will be visiting us as our guests on Thursday. As they do every day, in fact. We are a networking university of applied sciences, a school that is rooted in the society of The Hague and in our region. It is also great that many partners will be contributing ideas this Thursday about the future of education and research, about the future of THUAS and about the future of the employment market. I’m really looking forward to it!
Leonard Geluk has been Chair of the Executive Board since 1 April 2014. Prior to this, he served as alderman of Education for Rotterdam and chair of a Regional Training Centre in Utrecht.