Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Zuyd) is situated in the Dutch province of Limburg, the southernmost part of the Netherlands. This strategic location is at the heart of one of Europe’s most important and prosperous regions, the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. Zuyd is a member of HORA EST, a network of universities of applied sciences in this Euregion.
Zuyd offers a wide range of education programmes at bachelor level, several master degree programmes plus a number of international study programmes. Zuyd covers about 20 thematic domains in applied research.
Zuyd’s strategy is to interlink as much as possible education and applied research and the professional environment and to involve students in all stages. Zuyd plays a significant role in the strengthening of the regional and Euregional development. Nationally Zuyd has received many research grants aimed at assisting regional organisations in their innovation.
Zuyd has about 1,650 employees and 14,000 students at several locations in the cities of Maastricht, Heerlen and Sittard-Geleen.
Research and education in the area of Technology and Engineering is conducted by the department Zuyd BETA. Main focus of Beta are technologies for the transition towards a sustainable environment. The main research areas within this focus are “Life and Material Sciences”, “Technologies in Healthcare” and “Sustainable built environment”. Research in the field of the sustainable built environment is conducted in the research group RiBuilT (Research institute for the Built Environment of Tomorrow). The institutes mission is defined as to develop and disseminate knowledge to support the transition for a 0-impact built environment, new and existing. Zero-Impact is based on closing cycles, living our lives without any negative impact on non-sustainable resources and on our environment.
Zuyd is partner in the recent initiative Centre of Expertise NEBER (New Energy, Built Environment and Renewables). In a partnership with regional active companies, governments and research institutes goal is to stimulate, guide and coordinate projects on a regional level needed for a successful transition towards a sustainable environment. For the EURL3A project through Zuyd the Centre of Expertise NEBER brings an important network of regional companies and organisations.
Zuyd is the lead partner in this proposal. The coordination of the project is done by NEBER. They therefore play a significant role in the management of the project as well in the delivery of the necessary content. Researchers and teaching staff of Zuyd Beta and NEBER will lead and participate in several work packages.
Programme management will be delivered through an experienced project manager based within NEBER and Zuyd University. NEBER will also co-ordinate several workpackages. The project manager will lead the steering group with representation from all partner institutions. There is a professional infrastructure and procedure for project management. The AO/IC procedure (administrative organization and internal control) foresees in a 4 monthly internal reporting cycle.
Zuyd is main partner in “De Wijk van Morgen” (The District of Tomorrow). “De Wijk van Morgen” is an area where student design, develop, engineer and build sustainable buildings. Goal is the introduce sustainable building an technologies to the students during their study. Not only by reading and hearing about it, but realizing it by themselves. For the EURL3A project the District of Tomorrow is an aimed location for the real life learning labs.