4 Quality education

Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 4 Quality education

Education ensures that workers have the skills to function in a knowledge-intensive environment. This is what SDG 4 is about and is also our main goal as a university of applied sciences. Our commitment to this SDG is reflected in various areas. 

We see it as our mission to contribute to the personal development of students and to the social progress of the regions in which we operate through inclusive, high-quality education and research. We work on global innovation with our educational concept Design-Based Education. Sustainability is on the key facets of this educational concept. In each study programme, students are confronted with aspects of their future field related to sustainability on which they get to in a solution-based way. 

Teaching & Research 

We tackle three major social issues with our education and research as well as within our labs: 

  • Vital Regions: the quality of life and future of the regions from an economic, social and educational perspective 

  • Smart Sustainable Industries: the development of smart and sustainable technologies, materials and production 

  • Service Economy: the rapid developments and associated social issues in the domain of leisure activities, tourism and hospitality 

Within the Education research group, several professorships carry our applied research aimed at mapping out and improving the quality of education. In this way we contribute to a stronger knowledge based as well as to improvement of education and innovation. 


Our sustainable education concept

Studying at NHL Stenden means using our unique educational concept, Design-Based Education (DBE). We want to make sure our students have a challenging and inspiring learning environment with contemporary facilities. 
Inclusive Community Lab

Inclusive education

Knowledge and experience built during this minor will give students the opportunity to develop confidence in providing suitable education to all children in a classroom.

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 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
Goal 17

Partnerships for the goals

Deals with partnerships needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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