Terra is an agricultural training centre with about 7000 students that offers Practical Education, Preparatory Secondary Vocational (vmbo-green; 12–16 years), the Green Lyceum, Secondary Vocational Education (mbo, 16-20 years) and Part-time Adult Education (TerraNext) in the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland. Our courses have a 'green character', which means that the programs have to do with green, food, animal, nature and environment.


Terra is located in the northeast of the Netherlands and has twelve execution locations. The MBO training prepares the students (both full-time and through the vocational guidance course) at four educational levels, comparable to EQF levels 1 to 4. Terra also offers the so called ‘het Groene Lyceum’. Students can get their level 4 diploma in 6 or 5 years (starting after primary school, of the age of 12). A strict condition for admission is the right advise from primary school.


The education is offered in a competence-based way. In addition, the Regional Learning plays an increasingly important role. Terra stimulates international mobility of students and staff, international projects in the interests of preferent work placements in Europe and in the interest of cooperation with the region with similar regions abroad. Internationalization is part of the Strategic Policy Plan (SBP) 2015 - 2020.



Stichting AOC Terra

Hereweg 101

9721 AA Groningen

The Netherlands


The University of Skövde, established in 1977, has grown

rapidly in the recent years - from 300 to over 10,000 students. The University offers a range of traditional, but also crossdisciplinary study programmes within a number of different areas. Our wide-ranging schools offer over 600 courses, and a choice of approximately 50 study programmes and master’s programmes.


The University of Skövde cooperates with approximately

90 partner universities worldwide, including most European countries, but also universities in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and the United States. These partnerships involve the exchange of students, faculty staff, and international research. Every year over 200 international students from around the world come here to study. In line with the European Bologna Declaration of Education, The University of Skövde develops the curriculum to achieve greater compatibility and comparability internationally.


The apartment which has been involved in the PV+ project is School of health and Education.


We, who has been involved in the PV+ project are:

  • Susanne Gustavsson, Ph D, Lecturer in Education
  • Ingela Gyllspång, Ph M, Lecturer in Education


School of Health and Education

Registration No. 202100-3146


Box 408

541 28 Skövde, Sweden


VIVES is a University College located in West-Flanders (BELGIUM). It has 6 innovative campuses, 6 interesting fields of study, 6 centres of expertise, 1,250 motivated employees, +13,000 students, 1,000 bachelor’s dissertations annually, on assignment of the field, +100 current research projects & contracts, +150 researchers, +7.5 million euros in turnover in research and services.

In order to grow, smart ideas need interaction, impassioned dialogues, constructive conversations and a shared approach. The VIVES University College assures a constructive dialogue and successful results.


 The VIVES University College has 6 centres of expertise:

  • - Agro and Bio Technology
  • - Business Management
  • - Education innovation
  • - Product and Process development
  • - Social innovation
  • - Care innovation

VIVES Campus Kortrijk

Roeselare, Tielt, Torhout

Doorniksesteenweg 145

B-8500 Kortrijk


Naturbruksförvaltningen Västra Götalandsregionen (Department of Natural Resources, Region Västra Götaland) is the responsible organization for four natural resource / land based vocational education and training institutions in the region.  Three of them are upper-secondary schools (EQF level 4). The Department also provides post-secondary education (EQF level 5 and 6).


The natural resource programme (EQF level 4) includes educations with orientations concerning animal care, agroforestry, wild life management and hunting, natural guide, agriculture, landscaping and horticulture.


The VET institution also offers education for students after the upper secondary school exam as adult education in similar subjects. A considerable group of students with special needs are also taught in the programme (EQF level 2).


The Department keeps a considerable amount of students in the boarding at the schools with full boarding.

Västra Götalandorganisationen,


Regionens Hus

541 80 Skövde, Sweden

University of Skövde


The educational offer includes 54 bachelor's programs, 8 programs for associate degrees and 19 master's programs. There are a number of German and English language courses. The education is organized in 18 schools. With three multidisciplinary knowledge centers and three Centers of Expertise, Hanze University is a knowledge institution where applied research, professional practice and innovation are integrated in education. From 50 professorships, applied research is carried out in close collaboration with the business community and non-profit institutions. The support services of the university college are housed in five staff offices and a facility company. They ensure that all supporting processes run efficiently and professionally.


Students and staff are partners in a knowledge community and each contribute to the common goal: to deliver outstanding professionals at the highest level to society. The students and their individual development as a competent professional are central. Cooperation with companies and institutions in knowledge application and innovation, and in the design of education, is indispensable in this.


Our mission: Hanze University Groningen, University of Applied Sciences, trains skilled and committed professionals, conducts applied research and is therefore an important partner in the environment and (inter) nationally in developing entrepreneurship and innovative, applicable knowledge.

This mission stems from the identity as a broad and diverse college and social enterprise. The central values that belong to this are:

  • individual development;
  • respect and active tolerance;
  • enterprising;
  • responsible.


From these central values, Hanze University provides a contribution to professional practice in the (Northern) Dutch knowledge society.


Our vision: Our vision outlines how Hanze University looks like in the future. We are building on our Education Vision 2020 in which we state that we want to be a learning community: a place where students, lecturers and people from the field learn from each other and work together to solve issues from society.


In practice, the learning community takes shape in innovation work places: a physical or virtual form where research, education and professional practice come together. Innovation work places are preferably multidisciplinary. It is precisely on the cutting edge of disciplines that innovation comes into being. In their collaboration with other disciplines, students also learn to look beyond the limits of their own field and environment and to empathize with people from other backgrounds. Innovation work places are a breeding ground for innovative products, services and start-ups. They thus make a valuable contribution to valorisation.


Lectorate Sustainable Cooperative Entrepreneurship

The Sustainable Cooperative Entrepreneurship lectorate contributes to the development of socially responsible, socially, sustainably and regionally rooted entrepreneurship with new responsibilities and opportunities for the regional shareholders. The research group investigates how you can achieve financial and social returns. In addition, the research group wants to develop administrative, financing and revenue models that are based on transparency and balanced control of all involved.



Hanzehogeschool Groningen HG

Zernikeplein 1

9747 AS Groningen

The Netherlands


The Regional Cooperative was founded in December of 2013 in the region of Westerkwartier (province of Groningen, Northern Netherlands). Its members are about 450 rural entrepreneurs, organised in diverse regional rural entrepreneurs’ associations, regional schools and universities of applied sciences, and public bodies in the fields of health, well being, food and landscape. The Regional Cooperative is a social enterprise. It is based on the main thoughts of the cooperative business model: plough profits back in the business and pay dividend to its members. However, there are five important differences as to the traditional understanding of the cooperative enterprise:


1. The Regional Cooperative has a focus on the entire region and the regional economy, instead of concentrating on one single industry. It develops and stimulates economic activities with a benefit for the region and the people who are living and working there.


2. Following from this, the members are from many different sectors, which makes it a so called multistakeholder alliance.


3. The members and stakeholders aim to establish a learning and innovating regional community. Cooperation between the various members and stakeholders is key, rather than competitiveness.


4. Thus, the Regional Cooperative of Westerkwartier links diverse sectors and connects entrepreneurs,

public bodies, educational institutions and civil society together in the region. Collectively they deal with the challenges and prepare next generation business models based on circular economy, social inclusion and multi-stakeholders' engagement.


5. In addition, the Regional Cooperative stimulates communication and education towards a change in

attitude and behaviour. It raises awareness of various target groups and supports public and private agencies and organisations, entrepreneurs, teachers and their students on how they can contribute to and profit from the cooperative economic development model.


The reason behind this is that there are lots of changes in our regions. Businesses are closing down, authorities are shrinking budgets, talented and well-educated young people are leaving rural areas; many of the over 50 are losing their jobs; social and social, cultural and health care facilities are being cut back – just to mention some of them. It is impossible to try to turn the tide throughout an entire region by applying just one uniform policy. However, a new business and economic approach is key. The Regional Cooperative’s focus is to adapt the proven cooperative model (an evidently successful business model as to employment and turnover) and prepare the next generation cooperative business models.


What are the Regional Cooperative’s objectives?

The Regional Cooperative aims to realise significant and sustainable regional social and economic development and progress. In particular, the focus is to:

• develop a usable next generation cooperative business model;

• build capacity to understand and implement the cooperative next business models by educating and training teachers, students, entrepreneurs, agencies, (local & regional), authorities and citizens;

• establish regional next generation cooperative businesses and start-ups;

• create expertise in governance, legislation and finance.

Gebiedscooperatie Westerkwartier  BA

Cooperative Enterprise

Lorentzpark 18a

9351 VJ Leek

The Netherlands