‘What life lesson do you, as a Minister of Education, Culture and Science, have for me?’
There you are! The first question from one of the students attending the official opening of the academic year of Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Continue or switch trains?
Be open to what is happening around you, see it as a journey, see what comes your way and take chances, try new ways, be self-assured. And sometimes the train stops and then you must decide whether you continue or switch trains. This answer was intriguing and spot on in equal measure. It is about shaping yourself and shaping by yourself and, above all, it is about taking action, one way or another.
Try new ways
Not only discovering, but shaping the world, as Jorrit Snijder, President of the Executive Board, says. We must decide how to continue. We must try new ways. Steven van der Heijden, alumnus and CEO of Corendon, could not have put it any clearer in his speech, and Maurice Limmen from the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, who oversees the repositioning and the future of universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, is also clear about it. Applied sciences play a vital role for the Dutch and international labour market.
The best learning experience
A good example of applied sciences, which the Minister wants to spend more money on in general, is the collaboration with the Dutch Grand Prix last weekend. Students and researchers explained on stage how they worked in a cross-domain manner on practical solutions to issues in the field of logistics, sustainability, economics and social impact around this major and much-discussed event. As a student, you cannot have a better learning experience.
A beautiful opening with a palpable urgency. Jorrit already started talking about it in his opening speech in which he referred to an Ernest Hemingway book. For Whom the Bell Tolls. For all of us, in other words.
Curious to know more? View the whole opening here.
A catchy video was made of the campus tour that the guests made prior to the opening. They visited, among other things, the Experience Lab and the BUas XR Stage.