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HAS green academy

  • 3800
    full-time students
  • 18
    HBO study programmes
  • 550
  • 13
  • 50

HAS green academy

HAS green academy is a university of applied sciences and centre of expertise for agriculture, food and the living environment, based in Den Bosch and Venlo. We've been addressing the world of tomorrow for 75 years. Around 3,800 full-time students study 18 higher professional education (HBO) study programmes, two of which are international. Students collaborate with fellow students from day one on current issues affecting companies and organisations. HAS green academy trains them to become enterprising and open-minded professionals.

HAS green academy

Every year, more than 500 professionals attend a variety of company training courses and in-company training courses at HAS green academy. In addition, HAS uses its knowledge and experience for research, advice and product development. We are a partner for organisations, companies and authorities when it comes to exploring, connecting and applying green knowledge and expertise.

HAS green academy employs 550 people. Thirteen professors and approximately fifty lecturer-researchers collaborate with students, lecturers and professionals from the field on practical research programmes, in the Netherlands and abroad. HAS green academy thus contributes to developing practical solutions for a healthy environment and food security.

Working on a better world

Our planet is over 4.6 billion years old. And despite having only just arrived, we’ve already made a huge impact. We can’t imagine what the world will look like in 10,000 years’ time. We can however imagine what kind of world we want to leave behind for our children and our grandchildren. What can be improved, what can done be better, what can be done smarter.

HAS green academy has been addressing the world of tomorrow for over 70 years. Locally and globally. Where’s the perfect balance between people, planet and profit? How can we provide enough good and healthy food for everyone? How can we create a healthy living environment?

At HAS green academy, our education, knowledge transfer and research are aimed at day-to-day situations, in real life. Combining the expertise and experience of HAS green academies lecturers and field professionals with the fresh perspective of our students. That's how we’re working together on solutions to minor as well as major issues in the field of agribusiness, food and the living environment.

The world of HAS is big. But at the centre of it are always our students and course participants. Open minded, curious and alert. True HAS students. Ready to get to work.


Sustainability is an important theme within the agro, food and living environment sector. As a university of applied sciences that is at the heart of the sector, HAS has embedded sustainability in its education and operations.

Sustainability in education

Developments in our field require students to strengthen their skills and attitudes. In addition, sustainability, transparency and a good image are increasingly important to young people and they demand that educational institutions and companies make an active and positive contribution to a better world. Education that trains with a broad view and 'open mind' for the solutions and economic activity of tomorrow, not for the problems of yesterday.


To be a leader in our field of agro, food and living environment, students receive a broad profile of attitude, behavior and skills within good subject matter courses. The baggage of all HAS graduates is Value Based, Sustainable, Entrepreneurship, International and they know their own Talents: W DO IT. HAS graduates have insight into the meaning of these five aspects for their active professional careers and can apply them in their daily work;

Regardless of the course, sustainability is part of the baggage of every HAS graduate. For our education, this means that all study programmes give shape to this basic attitude of every student.

Sustainability in operations

Sustainability is also a current theme in our business operations. As an organisation, HAS green academy's activities have an impact on the environment and our surroundings and the organisation is taking its responsibility. Wherever possible, decisions are made by weighing up the social effect, the economic effect and the interests of stakeholders.


The organization

Organization structure

Legal and internal organisational structure

HAS green academy is a non-profit educational foundation (Stichting HAS Opleidingen) that has built its organisational structure around the following processes:

  • Administrative: the Executive Board is the competent authority and is accountable to the Board of Trustees
  • Primary processes: clusters are responsible for our core activities: education, research and contract work
  • Supportive processes: the staff departments carry out tasks supporting education, research and contract work

Board of Trustees and Executive Board

The Board of Trustees and the Executive Board are responsible for the supervision and management of HAS University of Applied Sciences. The boards are supported by the Board Secretariat.

Both the BExecutive Board and the sectors make use of the following staff services:

  • Marketing & Communication
  • HAS Services
  • Computerisation & IT
  • Finance & Control
  • Finance & Reporting
  • Human Resources
  • Student Affairs / International Office
  • Health Coach

Organization Chart

The Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of 3 members:

  • Reggy van der Wielen President Board of Governors

Dr. Ir. R. P. J. (Reggy) van der Wielen, President


  • Drs L.G.M. Chermin, Member of the Executive Board of HAS University of Applied Sciences

L.G.M. (Liz) Chermin MSc, Member


  • drs. E.W.G.M. Van Geenen, Member of the Executive Board of HAS University of Applied Sciences

E. (Erwin) van Geenen MSc, Member


The directors of the sector clusters (study programmes, research and knowledge transfer) and the cluster New Business Development report to the Executive Board.

By Phone : +31 (88) 890 36 10
By E-mail: Bestuurssecretariaat@has.nl

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board oversees the Executive Board of HAS green academy. The Advisory Boards' tasks are drawn up in the statutes of Stichting HAS Hogeschool.

Appointment of members of Supervisory Board

Supervisory Board members are appointed for a period of 4 years, and are eligible for reappointment for a period of four years. Stichting HAS Hogeschool statutes define the appointment procedure.
Members of Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of HAS green academy has six members:

J.A.M. (Hans) Huijbers, chairman
drs. Ir. A.N. (Anita) Wouters, vice-chairman
A. A.M. (Agnes) Gunnewijk – Veer, member
ir. A.J. (Albert) Vermuë, member
dr. E.M.M. (Ellen) de Brabander - Van den Berg, member
L.A.L. (Léon) Faassen, member


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Accountability and supervision

The Executive Board is accountable to the stakeholders at the same level. Employees and students can make their voices heard through representative bodies, among other options. HAS green academy is actively involving students, employees and industry in education, research and contract work. To measure stakeholder satisfaction, HAS green academy regularly holds satisfaction surveys among students, employees and industry.

Separation public - private

HAS green academy takes the view that contract work is in support of the main objective of education. The objectives are knowledge transfer, cross-fertilisation with business, an increase in quality and/or efficiency, contributing to lifelong learning or promoting the accessibility of education. In this view contract work is inseparable from the core activity of education. Internal guidelines for pricing ensure that any contract work carried out at least covers costs.


Besides contacts with students through the University council and Education committees, a General Student Consultation is organised twice a year. The General Student Consultation consists of members of the Board of the student associations (Alpha and Gremio Unio), student members of the University Council and Programme Committees, representatives of the various student associations and annual consultative groups of the course of Applied Biology.


Regular public meetings are held for all employees, on topics like the governance structure and the sector classification. In addition to the public meetings, there is an open culture within HAS green academy, giving all employees the opportunity to contact a supervisor with their questions and comments. All official documents are published on the intranet, as is a shortened report of the BExecutive Board meeting and resolutions of the Supervisory Board.

University council

The University Council (UC) represents the interests of staff and students. The UC participates in thinking through and deciding on policies and changes within HAS green academy, and is a discussion partner of the BExecutive Board. Both staff and students represent the council and have the same rights and obligations (for more information see WHW articles 10.16a to10.39). The UC has fourteen seats. Seven are occupied by employees and seven by students. The council shall elect an Executive Board of four members; the chairman, the vice-chairman and two student members. Each council member serves on one of the UC committees.

Education committees

Every programme within HAS green academy has an education committee consisting of programme staff and students. The committee advises on matters (also see WHW article 10.3c) related to education such as:

  • Teaching and examination regulations
  • Annual teaching report
  • Policies aimed at improving the quality and feasibility of the programme
  • Teaching guidance
  • Student and teaching facilities

Stakeholder engagement

The Executive Board is horizontally accountable to stakeholders. Stakeholders in particular are those parties that give meaning to teaching and research. These include students, employees and industry.

Stakeholders – Teaching

Industry is structurally involved with the content and design of the existing programmes through field interviews at an institutional level. Students can influence this through the University council and programme committees. The government is involved through its accreditation systems. For new programmes targeted research is done into the needs of industry (often including local and regional authorities) and student interests. The government is involved through quality and macro-efficiency assessments of applications for new programmes. Moreover, industry participates in focus groups/advisory committees to be set up for the project-based development of new programmes.

Stakeholders – Research

Stakeholders are directly involved in research policy. In lecturer meetings agreements are reached on research programmes and quality assurance of research. Contact with the environment is maintained through advisory boards of individual institutes, representation of industry in knowledge networks, collaboration with national and international institutes of education and research projects for SMEs.

Stakeholders – Contract work

Companies, institutions and individual clients are the key stakeholders for the business market. They are indicative of market demands and involved in the development of various trainings and courses. The range is designed in close consultation with entrepreneurs (the external advisory group) and institutions in the region. The advisory group is also closely involved in shaping a logical, collegial and generally accepted positioning of the business activities within the public domain among private suppliers. Networks like Kennispoort, 5-Star Region and Brabant-Zeeland Employers Associations regularly assess whether the supply meets the demand.

Sustainable Development Goals

HAS green academy contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)

It is obvious that our world is changing at an unprecedented rate. This entails a series of social challenges in the agri-food and living environment domain.

For example, agri-food companies have to operate as sustainably, climate-neutral and circularly as possible within ten to fifteen years. At the same time, international food production must be increased and safety guaranteed. Nutritionally, the food must become much healthier. And all against a drastically changing background. The migration to the cities, the changing climate, the aging agricultural workforce, the changing field of distribution and so on. In the meantime, these challenges also offer many opportunities for everyone who is aware of them.

SDG's as a guiding framework

Based on its mission, HAS University of Applied Sciences is fully committed to contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN): sustainable development goals that, according to the UN, "should make the world a better place in 2030". These development goals follow the 2000 millennium goals and focus not only on development goals, but also on sustainability. They are regarded as an important guiding framework worldwide.


The Netherlands has the ambition to reach the global top 5 of knowledge economies. This requires internationally orientated education policy. Those in education who look inward will not be attuned to the global labour market for higher education.

Internationally active organisations demand knowledge workers who are used to looking across borders. So it's essential for students to gain international experience while still studying.

Strengthening the international profile of HAS green academy fits the growing importance of international knowledge in professional practice. We do this by offering our students and staff international opportunities.

Student and staff mobility

Erasmus+ is the European subsidy programme for Education, Youth and Sport. The programme supports student and staff mobility within Europe.

HAS green academy has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.



In 2021, we were rated as the 3rd best medium University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids, the Independent Consumer Guide for students to select a Bachelor studyprogramme, which evaluates and compares the quality of all courses in the Netherlands.


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HAS green academy is the leading university of applied sciences provider for professionals in agribusiness, food and living environments. We have been supporting professionals in their ambition to grow in their careers for over 25 years. 

We continue to invest in our training courses and in (long-term) relationships with our clients. And with success: our current clients value our approach with a 9.7 for our customised programmes and a 9.8 for our business courses (tested by Cedeo).

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