The following are the projects in which work is being carried out on the development of biobased education:
Borderless Biobased Education
The biobased economy offers opportunities for economic growth and new jobs. 'Biobased' is even one of the three top clusters and driver for innovation and specialisation in the Dutch-Flemish Delta Region. In a biobased economy green raw materials take over the role of fossil ones. These 'new' raw materials are used as materials, chemicals and energy. That facilitates new developments and business opportunities in, for example, the agro-food, construction, chemical, textile and maritime sectors. The biobased economy also ensures sustainable development through the application of reusable materials.
The two most important challenges for getting the promising biobased economy actually off the ground in the border region are:
- Awareness on the part of companies with regard to the opportunities in this field and, in relation to this, the creation of demand for research and facilities.
- The training of suitable, technical and techno-economic staff, in both a qualitative and quantitative sense.
That is why, within the framework of the 'Borderless Biobased Education' project, 14 Flemish and Dutch partners are working on the development of demand-driven education and refresher courses at secondary, higher and university levels. They are also investing in better training and research facilities for the educational sector and the business community. The project is going to run from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2019 and came about with financial support from Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands and various co-financiers.
More specifically, the objectives of Borderless Biobased Education are:
- to identify the market demand;
- to develop education and refresher courses at secondary, higher and university education levels;
- to create and ensure the better use of cross-border training and research facilities;
- to increase the number of exchanges of educational modules, teachers and students by creating cross-border knowledge networks and platforms;
- to bring together, on a cross-border basis, companies, sectors and education institutions in the biobased economy;
- to increase the influx and outflow of professionals in the technical and techno-economic educational programs for the biobased sector.
The Borderless Biobased Education partnership consists of:
- The municipality of Dordrecht/the Drechtsteden Regional Employment Market Programme [regionaal Programma Arbeidsmarkt Drechtsteden] (lead)
- VZW Instituut van het Heilig Graf (Flanders)
- Inholland University of Applied Sciences [Hogeschool Inholland] (Zuid-Holland)
- Stichting Avans (West-Brabant)
- University of Hasselt (Flanders)
- Bio Base Europe Training Center (Zeeland)
- ROC West-Brabant (West Brabant)
- HoGent (Flanders)
- VITO NV (Research organisation in Flanders)
- Kempen Strategic Project Organisation [Strategische Projectorganisatie Kempen] (Employers' organisation in Flanders)
- Thomas More Kempen (Flanders)
- Stichting Biobased Delta (Triple Helix biobased organisation)
- HZ University of Applied Sciences (Zeeland)
- St. ROC Zuid-Holland Zuid, Da Vinci College (Zuid-Holland)