King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visit MIWB on Terschelling

Koning Willem-Alexander en koningin Máxima

NHL Stenden's Willem Barentsz Maritime Institute (MIWB) will receive King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima on Wednesday, May 10. Among other things, the royal couple will get a tour of the Maritime Simulator Training Center (MSTC). The stop at the MIWB on Terschelling is part of Willem-Alexander and Máxima's visit to the Wadden Islands that week.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will arrive Wednesday morning on Terschelling, where the pair will be received at MIWB by Chairman of the Executive Board Erica Schaper and MIWB Director Gerrit van Leunen. During the visit, the engine room and bridge simulator of the​​​​​​​ MSTC will be shown. Here, maritime MBO and HBO students from all over the Netherlands receive training in practical sailing.

MIWB director Van Leunen on the upcoming royal visit: "We are very much looking forward to it. We are the only maritime school in the Netherlands with its own campus, where the students live during part of their studies. That combination of studying and living on Terschelling is very special. In addition, our school building was completely renovated a few years ago. We would like to show that: how we train our students for modern shipping."

In addition to the tour of and activities at the training center, a number of stakeholders will also be present to discuss with the royal couple the importance of the Dutch maritime sector and its challenges.

Previous royal visits

Willem-Alexander and Máxima visited the college more often in the past. In 2015, for example, the royal couple was a guest at - then still called - Stenden University in Emmen, as part of a regional visit by the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. Five years earlier, Máxima - then still as princess - opened the new building of NHL Hogeschool, at Rengerslaan 10 in Leeuwarden.