13 May 2019 • HOP, Hein Cuppen
University of Applied Sciences contributes to sustainable development
All 36 universities of applied sciences have signed the UN goals for sustainable development. They support the global fight against poverty, inequality and climate change.
The news about the signing of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations was announced on Thursday at the annual conference of the Vereniging Hogescholen (Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences or VH). The SDGs for education strives for quality, equal accessibility to all and lifelong learning.
The first concrete step was the launch of ‘SDG on Stage’, an online internship bank, especially developed for university of applied sciences students looking for an internship opportunity or graduation project that contributes to sustainable development.
VH chair, Maurice Limmen, emphasised at the annual conference that the labour market will undergo drastic changes in the near future and that jobs will disappear. “Universities of applied sciences must ensure that people can retrain or acquire additional education at their own pace.”
He sees lifelong learning as an ‘essential task’ for universities of applied sciences. Universities of applied sciences are not only in a position to train people but also to support careers: they become a ‘matchmaker for the labour market’.
Some of the universities, by the way, have signed the UN’s objectives, but they are all involved in their implementation.