Hanze University and Innovation Cluster Drachten start university program

20 oktober 2016 | High-tech company Neopost is the first company to launch a new bachelor-level mechatronics course in the Northern Netherlands. On behalf Innovation Cluster Drachten (ICD), Neopost set up this course together with the Hanze University of Applied Science in Groningen. Thirteen engineers had their first day of tuition last week.

HR Manager Sieta Woudman of Neopost is proud: “The first group of engineers doing the course work at various ICD companies. We offer people a program that increases their knowledge and improves the quality of our work.’’ Because there is no bachelor-level evening course in mechatronics in the Northern Netherlands, we took the initiative to set up this course together with the Hanze University of Applied Science. For many employees in full-time jobs, a four-year bachelor-level program would be too much of a burden. “We now offer engineers of all our ICD companies the opportunity to increase their knowledge.”

Bachelor-level modules

It is a program with modules at bachelor-degree level. After completing this program, students have gained exemptions for modules if they continue to do the full bachelor-degree program. Woudman explains that setting up a bachelor-degree program is complex and time-consuming. “That’s why we decided to start with this course.’’ The course lasts 18 months and includes one afternoon and one evening of tuition by teachers of the Hanze University at Neopost in Drachten. Woudman: “Mathematics and electrical engineering are the first modules the engineers do. If this course is a success, we will very likely start a new one with new students next year.’’

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