The Education in Primary Schools degree programme presents fun and games during the Nature & Technology Spectacle.

24 November 2016 • Youri van Vliet 

The Education in Primary Schools degree programme presents fun and games during the Nature & Technology Spectacle.

Do you want to explore nature, play with technology, make things and do exciting experiments with your children or younger brothers or sisters? Then come to the Nature & Technology Spectacle in the Atrium of The Hague University of Applied Sciences on Sunday 27 November. The Education in Primary Schools students will show you all sorts of amazing things.

Nature & Technology Spectacle’s goal is to introduce children to Nature & Technology in an easy way,’ says PABO lecturer, Gert van der Slikke. ‘It is an annual event organised by the municipality of The Hague and in which the Education in Primary Schools degree programme plays a major role.’

In the two weeks leading up to the event, explains Van der Slikke, groups of second year PABO students design and make a game for the young visitors. During the first week, the students visit various institutes, including the TU Delft, to get ideas and to learn such things as: how does a lever work; how do you make a hoist; how do you make light switches etc. And in the second week, the students put theory into practice by building something themselves.

‘Interacting with the children is wonderful. I could have stayed there all weekend,’ says a very enthusiastic Domela Matthijssen (22). Now in her third year, the student has good memories of last year’s event. ‘It is incredibly intensive. You get a budget of eighty euros – that’s not much. You need to be very creative, for example, asking companies for sponsoring. And building something within one week is tight too. I remember how chaotic it was in the corridors of the fifth floor in the Ovaal. Everyone was working hard, stuff was lying around everywhere, and the stress levels – arguments! – were quite high. At the end of the week I was exhausted and I ached all over.’

But it was definitely worth it, says Domela. ‘We made a kind of Mission Impossible structure – three large blocks, almost dark on the inside, through which the children had to find their way. The kids loved it! Some of them wanted to go again and again. Some of the children live in the Schilderswijk neighbourhood and do not have the opportunity to play outdoors every day. So to see them so happy … In the end, you do this project to make them happy.’

Michael Pauli (25) too has good memories of the Nature & Technology Spectacle, even after three years. Now in his fifth year, he was so enthusiastic when he took part that he offered to help out as a supervisor in the following year. ‘I liked the fact that during the run-up to the event you find out so much about yourself. You find out that you can actually do a lot of things, much more than you thought you could.’

Curious about the Education in Primary Schools students’ creations? And do you too want to build your own mini hut, make natural perfume or do technological games? Then come to the Nature & Technology Spectacle. Board member Jan Lintsen and Alderman Joris Wijsmuller will open the event by catching real live Pokémons. Check out the 2009 and 2015 events. 

THUAS Writing Centre gets off to a festive start with a talk given by Wim Daniëls

THUAS Writing Centre gets off to a festive start with a talk given by Wim Daniëls

On Tuesday, 15 November, the Language Expertise Centre launched its Writing Centre: a place where students can talk with a writing tutor about the texts they have to write for their degree programme. To mark the occasion, Wim Daniëls had been invited to give a talk in the Speakers’ Corner that would begin at 12 noon.

This event was organised together with The Lighthouse.

The THUAS Writing Centre
The idea for writing centres originated in the United States. Now, more and more Dutch institutions of higher education are establishing writing centres in the knowledge that students need support in the writing process. In the wake of successful writing centres in Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden, THUAS is now opening its own Writing Centre.

What goes on at the Writing Centre?
The Writing Centre gives students a chance to talk with a writing tutor about the texts they have to write for their degree programme. These tutors are typically master’s degree students with a talent for language who have been trained to be writing tutors. Topics to be discussed could include the approach to a writing assignment, the structure of the text, the line of reasoning or the formulation. The writing tutor offers guidelines and strategies to deal not only with a certain assignment but also with future writing tasks. The writing tutor will not get involved with the subject matter of a text and will not improve spelling and grammar. Instead, the writing tutor will point out what strikes him/her about a text and refer the student to relevant sources.

Pilot phase
As yet, the THUAS Writing Centre is a pilot programme set up and run through the Language Expertise Centre for the next 18 months. Hopefully, the Writing Centre will demonstrate its usefulness during this time and will become a permanent educational facility at THUAS. During the pilot phase, the Writing Centre will limit its services to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programmes taught in Dutch. If successful, this facility could later welcome students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English.

Rik van de Vlugt was appointed to supervise and monitor the pilot programme. It was during his master’s degree programme in History at Leiden University that he acquired extensive experience with the Writing Centre at the Expertise Centre for Academic Skills run by the Faculty of Humanities.

The Writing Centre’s location
For now, the Writing Centre is accommodated in Poseidon 1.11, but the tutors can also agree to meet with students at other campus locations.

Students can set up an appointment with a tutor by completing the registration form at the website. There is no cost for these services, and students can see a tutor more than once if necessary.

For questions or comments about the Writing Centre, you can contact Janneke Kelter ( or Rik van der Vlugt (

Location: OV 4.82 / P 1.11

Celebrating our emergency response officers

Monday 7 November is National Emergency Response Officer Day: a good reason to celebrate and express our appreciation for all the emergency response officers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Our emergency response staff provides first aid services and assists during fire and other evacuations. They render first aid and make sure, for example, that everyone has vacated the building in the event of an evacuation.

We are treating our emergency response staff to a special lunch to mark the occasion. You might also want to take advantage of this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.

Want to learn more about emergency response services at The Hague University of Applied Sciences or become an emergency response officer? Visit or send an e-mail to

Summit to bring together students, researchers and entrepreneurs

26-10-2016 • By Marlene Admiraal  

The Hague University of Applied Sciences will be hosting the How To Get There Summit (HTGTS) on Thursday 17 November 2016. This summit, an initiative of Henk Kamp and Neelie Kroes, aims to bring together corporates and start-ups to accelerate the innovation process through collaboration. During the event, our heads of research groups will be sharing their expertise in the form of workshops and lectures. Students with a passion for entrepreneurship can take part in order to expand their network and learn more about entrepreneurship from experienced practitioners.

According to Simone Fredriksz, Dean of Faculty, ‘The Hague University of Applied Sciences is eager to join this network of bold and unbounded pioneers in pursuit of creative solutions, which is why we are proud to host the HTGTS.’

THUAS strongly emphasises research, entrepreneurship and networking – three ingredients that are needed to turn innovative ideas into concrete services, products and businesses. The How To Get There Summit is far and away the event where these ingredients come together. The event also gives our students access to an extensive network with considerable knowledge and expertise in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. This network provides our students with a unique range of opportunities and possibilities.

In one day, participants at the HTGTS can see, feel, hear and sometimes even taste what the Dutch innovation ecosystem has to offer. Innovation hubs (such as Brainport Eindhoven, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and YES!Delft) will be showcasing their facilities and sharing their knowledge and know-how, while Dutch corporates will be presenting their expertise, success stories and most brilliant failures during various breakout sessions. Scale-ups have partnered up with nlgroeit in their search for a ‘growth formula’. Lecturers Ellen Sjoer, Rianne Valkenburg and Klaas Molenaar will be organising sessions on behalf of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

THUAS founded the Next Economy research platform to establish a strong focus on entrepreneurship. So facilitating the HTGTS together with the Municipality of The Hague is a logical next step,’ says Dean of Faculty Sander van Ipenburg Grijpma.

The Get in the Ring Competition gives start-ups the opportunity to do business with investors, corporates and business professionals. Students with a start-up or students working on a start-up that is in the advanced stages of development have the chance to pitch their idea to major corporations during the Get in the Ring Competition.

Visitors can enjoy various ecosystem café sessions and other events in the Atrium at which the entire Dutch ecosystem converges and you can meet key figures from every imaginable area of expertise. The café sessions will have free admission all day long, while a ticket is required for the rest of the programme. A limited number of free tickets are available to students and lecturers.

For more information on tickets, the programme and more, see

First edition of THNK FST worthy of a repeat

26-10-2016 • By Colette van Heck

The first edition of THNK FST is now behind us and what a success it has been!

Visitors immersed themselves in no fewer than 100 activities and discovered the knowledge and talents of colleagues and students, from beer brewing, Argentine tango, philosophical lectures and debating skills to theatre sports, craftivism, Sparta and PowerHouse. Yoga, mindfulness and meditation formed a serene counterpart to all the energy.

At the THNK FST Village Square in the Atrium, people interacted and shared experiences while enjoying a self-made toasted ham and cheese sandwich, healthy smoothie or ‘coffee with a story’. Others enjoyed an exciting game of table football or ping pong. Pictures and videos from the event will be shared later this week.