Zoetermeer welcomes new HBO-ICT students

Today, a new batch of students started their HBO-ICT studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Dutch Innovation Factory (DIF) in Zoetermeer. The introduction program is sober in design: purely informative and at a distance of 1.5 meters.

“Although education takes place remotely, students – and especially freshmen – have the need to connect ” live “. It’s important for them to really see and experience where they’re going to study. In addition to the education and supervision of our students, their safety is also very important. That’s why there is an adapted introduction program in which everyone keeps a distance of five feet from each other, but the students still have the opportunity to get to know one another. There is sufficient space in the Dutch Innovation Factory to welcome the new Zoetermeer students in manageable groups of 12 people, ” says Dave Stikkolorom, HBO-ICT team leader.

Higher education in Zoetermeer

During the introduction, students receive information about what their studies will look like and how they will be following the (temporarily online) classes. In addition, they’re asked to indicate which specialisation they’re interested in. Jan Iedema, alderman for education, welcomes the students online this year: “This year I made a vlog for them to tell them about how nice Zoetermeer is. It’s a city with a lot of sport and culture, and there are plenty of opportunities: over 20% of the IT companies in the region are located in Zoetermeer. That makes Zoetermeer a place with all kinds of internship and career opportunities for young professionals.”

The DIF is the perfect place for IT students and entrepreneurs to meet: “You only have to take a walk around the building and you’ll find a nice internship”, says Lennart van Koppen, who did his graduation research at software developer Tellick in the DIF.

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