The transition to sustainable horticulture worldwide is not thinkable without the contribution of Research and Education institutes and organisations.
Research & Education
Integrated, multi-disciplinary research is required to further develop the Plant Empowerment cultivation methods for different crops and climate zones. Growers and consultants, and of course agricultural students need to be educated and trained in this innovative approach of sustainable and profitable cultivation.
Integration in agricultural curriculums
Many universities and other institutes all around the world already contacted Plant Empowerment for further information and possibilities to cooperate. In the Netherlands, the Plant Empowerment approach is currently being integrated (under the name of Het Nieuwe Telen) in the curriculums of the leading Agricultural institutes listed below:
Hogeschool Inholland Delft
In Delft, in the middle of the Randstad, you will find the green studies of Inholland University of Applied Sciences offering unique courses in the fields of horticulture, food, landscape and environment and animal husbandry. Inholland university of applied science is known for preparing students well for future social challenges. From September 2020, Inholland University of Applied Sciences will use Plant Empowerment in its standard curriculum for Horticulture and Agribusiness studies.
HAS Hogeschool Den Bosch
HAS University of Applied Sciences is one of the best educational and expertise Centre in the Southern Netherlands for the agrifood and environment sectors, with 2 sites: ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Venlo. They currently have over 450 employees, 3,000 students and 300 participants on professional courses. Students of the bachelor’s programme Horticulture & Arable Farming will use the book Plant Empowerment as the basis of the module ‘greenhouse and climate’.
Aeres University of Applied Sciences Dronten
Talent for growth, that’s what they stand for. The background of Aeres University of Applied Sciences lies in higher education in agriculture. They focus on education, research and sharing and applying knowledge. In this way they contribute to the development of future-oriented, innovative professionals. As of September Plant Empowerment is integrated in the curriculum of both the Dutch and international Horticulture program.
Niagara College Canada
Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest part-time studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. Plant Empowerment has been involved with Niagara College in Canada since February 2021.