Finnish, French, Slovenian and NHL Stenden students reflect on new Terschelling campus

Studenten denken na over gebied rond nieuwe campus Terschelling

For more than 25 years, Neptune has been a multidisciplinary collaboration between a number of technical courses from four Universities of Applied Sciences in Europe: NHL Stenden, Savonia (Kuopio Finland), UM (Maribor Slovenia) and Ecam Lasalle (Lyon, France). The focus of the cooperation is on 'built environment'. This year, students and teachers from each UAS met at Terschelling from 1 March to 8 March 2024.

They thought about the interpretation of the landscape around the new education and research facility to be built there. Their real-life assignment was to develop smart design solutions that challenge people to meet while enhancing landscape values. Over a week, the students worked towards a final presentation, after which a jury of experts and stakeholders selected the winning plan.

Unique ideas to take forward

The students were divided into six groups, all of which came up with wonderful ideas. A safe, flood-protected shelter in a dune with an amphitheatre on the other side. A floating bridge that adjusts to the tide along with an extensive salt marsh for rare flora and fauna. Reusing existing construction for a unique path through nature. Using only pine wood and fishing nets for a bridge where visitors experience a combination of wind, wild life and water. And much more.

The Municipality of Terschelling, FB Oranjewoud Foundation and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, which signed a letter of intent in March 2023, will use the proposals for the next steps towards the new campus on Terschelling. The aim is a broad knowledge campus where NHL Stenden and other knowledge institutions work together with the business community on innovative projects in the fields of circularity, Wadden gastronomy, sustainable tourism and climate adaptation.

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