Innovative education in the Brighthouses. CHILL and Zuyd think big!

may 10, 2019

Study Applied Science in a dynamic business environment where learning and professional practice interconnect. CHILL and Zuyd University offer an innovative new education concept at Brightlands Chemelot Campus.

In CHILL (Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs), education and industry work together. The goal is to provide future-proof vocational education and promote a better connection between students and industry. Cyriel Mentink, interim director of CHILL, explains: “We want to blur the boundary between learning and working. It is essential for students to experience the realities of professional life. This concept provides students, teachers and specialists with a chance to collaborate on real world assignments. Which means students learn how to tackle complex problems while they’re still training.”

The location is not the only thing that makes this type of education innovative, says education manager Rachelle van Haaften of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences: “This educational concept is far more focused on motivating students. They are taught in smaller groups with a number of regular tutors. The curriculum is compiled by the tutors with input from the students, creating a close-knit community from the very first year. A pilot project with a small group of students was so successful that we are now extending the concept to the entire first and second year.”

With support from the Province of Limburg and the campus, CHILL facilitates the classrooms and laboratories in the Center Court and the Brighthouses. Cyriel: “The students use brand new laboratories, which is unique. We also jointly decide on the type of training needed. For example, we arrange company visits and look for suitable guest speakers on the campus. “This concept also has benefits for business,” says Cyriel. “They have access to young talent with both practical and theoretical training in a state-of-theart environment. And in this tight labour market, that’s incredibly valuable.”

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