Certificate On Campus

Innovations for Sustainability

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences

12 months
9100 EUR/year
9100 EUR/year
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The Innovations for Sustainability programme at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences focuses on sustainable development as a framework to analyse and develop innovative solutions for the most important problems of our time.


There is no news like environmental news, constantly on the television and in the newspapers; the planet is becoming one of the most talked about topics. From new energy sources to the implementation and enhancement of sustainable practices worldwide - it’s all trending. It’s about time to restore the balance between the Earth and human prosperity.

The Innovations for Sustainability programme from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences covers technology, management and policy while putting the focus on natural sciences. 

Modern teaching and learning methods are used: a modular curriculum, an integrated thematic approach, student-centred learning strategies and competencebased learning. In the latter, concrete situations from professional practice are the starting point for acquiring knowledge and skills. Furthermore students are responsible for their own learning processes, while coached by lecturers.

Career Prospects

Sustainable development and innovations are an important issue in most professions worldwide. This programme will equip you for your contribution to a sustainable future.

This Certificate programme is suitable for recycling and wastewater administrators, city planners, energy managers, environmental policy consultants, researchers and other professionals in the environmental sector interested in developing best practices in the field of innovations for sustainability. 

Participants of the programme find employment in: consultancy and engineering firms, local, provincial or national governments, water authorities, industry, research institutions, non-governmental organisations and nature protection authorities.

Programme Structure

The main topics and projects are:

  • Innovations for sustainability
  • Environmental risk management
  • Energy and waste
  • Advanced water technology
  • Water treatment and soil remediation
  • Where water chain meets water system
  • Air quality and climate
  • Eco systems management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


  • The number of ECTS credits granted to course units is based on the workload required to complete those units. 60 credits represent the workload of one year of study. One semester of studies normally comprises 30 ECTS credits and a term/trimester 20.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma

  • One of the general admission requirements for all our certificates is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO (or VWO) diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application. 
  • Secondary school examinations in both Chemistry and Mathematics are mandatory.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    9100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9100 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9100 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Leeuwarden

700 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP scholarship)
  • This programme is eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), formerly the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is targeted at professionals from selected developing countries who, after their studies in the Netherlands, will be able to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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