NHL University of Applied Sciences answers this question by carrying out research, together with the work field, into innovative and sustainable solutions. Contact with the professional field is essential for this. Since 2016, the NHL has been a nationally recognised Smart Industry ambassador. This means that we work with many different partners, through practically-oriented research, on the Smart Industry agenda of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Searching for innovative solutions
These days, production occurs in on-off partnerships, where businesses use Big Data, Internet of Everything, 3D-printing, robotics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. At the same time, we are confronted by an increasing scarcity of raw materials and capital, and see the labour market shrinking ever further. These changes require innovative solutions.
The NHL contributes to the smart industry by working with researchers and students on technical and economic matters. We give form to this interplay between research, education and the professional practice in workshops and field labs. Here we work with
a number of important partners such as the Innovation Cluster Drachten, Innovation Pact Friesland, the Leeuwarden municipality, the province of Friesland, Frisian businesses and colleagues from education and knowledge institutes.