17 Partnerships for the goals

Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 17 Partnerschips for the goals

SDG 17 focuses on the partnerships that are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. At NHL Stenden, our default mode is collaboration.  
'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.' This quote by the American writer Helen Keller has shot to fame over the years and for good reason, as it boils down to this: together we can achieve a lot more. Cutting down your own water consumption is great – but what if your whole family, town, country, or all of Europe, were to follow suit? 
NHL Stenden works with a wide range of partners in a number of different fields. As an institution, we have our own global network of partners, however, as a (knowledge) partner in education and research, we are also part of a great many (chain) partnerships, including in relation to sustainability: Circulair Friesland and Fossylfrij Fryslân

Partnership in education and research 

Within our research and education, we likewise devote attention to (inter)national partnerships in order to increase the resources and capacity – and ultimately the impact. 


Professorship Open Innovation

This cross-sectoral professorship works within and outside NHL Stenden as open innovation. Our staff are encouraged to look and work beyond the boundaries of their own field.


Working together internationally to strengthen one's own region. That is RUN-EU: a network of seven European higher education institutions, including NHL Stenden.
Internationalisation of Higher Education

Minor International Relations

In this international minor, the student participates in a team working on in the implementation of a project or a process improvement. The minor is conducted abroad, at a foreign organisation.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1

No poverty

A major social problem that we would like to eliminate.

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geen armoede
Goal 2

Zero hunger

Focuses on sustainable and friendly food production and less waste.

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geen honger
Goal 3

Good health and well-being

Tackles smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption to ensure healthy lives.

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goede gezondheid welzijn
Goal 4

Quality education

Our main goal: to provide knowledge and skills for all.

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kwaliteits onderwijs
Goal 5

Gender equality

An equal position in governance and business is key here.

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gender gelijkheid
Goal 6

Clean water and sanitation

We focus on water quality and efficient water use in the Netherlands.

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schoon drinkwater sanitair
Goal 7

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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betaalbare duurzame energie
Goal 8

Decent work and economic growth

Economic growth through equitable use of capital, labor and resources.

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waardig werk economische groei
Goal 9

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Sustainability and innovation of mobility and infrastructure.

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industrie innovatie infrastructuur
Goal 10

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

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ongelijkheid verminderen
Goal 11

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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duurzame gemeenschappen
Goal 12

Responsible consumption and production

More efficient use of resources and sustainable production and consumption.

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verantwoorde consumptie productie
Goal 13

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14

Life below water

Focuses on clean and livable seas and oceans. Plastic does not belong there.

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leven in het water
Goal 15

Life on land

Focuses on resolving conflicting concerns while respecting nature.

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leven op het land
Goal 16

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Focuses on peace and security, because insecurity has a lot of impact.

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vrede justitie