Knowledge institutions such as Scalda, HZ University of Applied Sciences, University College Roosevelt, NIOZ Marine Research, Utrecht University, and Wageningen University & Research have established the Delta Climate Center. They are working on new courses, specializations, innovative collaborations, and a Lifelong Development program. Special attention is given to linking secondary education, higher education, and academic education through a joint learning line. Within the Delta Climate Center, students from various study programs collaborate on transitions in a delta region facing a changing climate, with a focus on food, water, and energy. This strengthens both the position of knowledge institutions and the labor market in Zeeland.
The importance of the joint learning line is to learn from and with each other. The aim is to utilize the entirety of Zeeland as a 'living lab,' providing all stakeholders and interested parties with the opportunity to engage with and contribute to the Delta Climate Centre in an accessible way. Keywords here are getting to know, collaborating, developing, and appreciating. One of the goals is to demonstrate that Zeeland is an attractive place to stay and study. Concretely, the knowledge institutions achieve this through the following:
Using each other's facilities, allowing Scalda students, for example, to pursue their education in HZ's rooms, and vice versa.
Collaborating on challenges: Students from various institutions work together with the Zeeland business community to find potential solutions and/or applications for field-related issues. Students contribute their knowledge and skills, learn from each other, and engage with research and practice.
Participating in shared education by opening certain subjects to students from different institutions.
Organizing extracurricular workshops and meetings on Delta Climate Center themes, where students, citizens, and professionals can get to know each other and develop themselves.
Simultaneously, the knowledge institutions are working on a more formal, continuous learning line, ensuring that students can transition more easily from MBO to HBO and from HBO to WO. This is achieved by better aligning the curricula of study programs and removing obstacles that hinder a smooth transition.
The institutions will also develop new courses and specializations. The ambition is to introduce the first ones in 2025. Currently, Scalda is considering Water Management, Aquaculture, Food, Future, and Health as themes within the Delta Climate Center. The HZ is exploring opportunities related to Water, Energy, Food, and cross-sectoral themes like Artificial Intelligence. Initially, the college is assessing the feasibility of these programs based on student interest. University College Roosevelt is developing new courses within the existing curriculum on Sustainable Delta Transitions. Utrecht University and Wageningen University & Research are exploring opportunities within relevant master's programs for students to take part in courses offered by the Delta Climate Center.
Our society increasingly demands professionals who are committed to lifelong development. Professionals involved in water, energy, and food themes can benefit from the Delta Climate Center, which offers training, specializations, courses, continuing education, webinars, and workshops.