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Wageningen University and Research Centre is comprised of 6,500 staff and 10,000 students from over 100 countries, working around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.
The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialized research institutes, Wageningen University and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach.
The domain of Wageningen UR consists of three related core areas:
- Food and food production
The production and supply side in the food chain: sustainable agriculture/horticulture and fisheries/aquaculture, international food chains and networks, health aspects of food and the use of biomass within the scope of a bio-based economy.
- Living environment
Nature, landscape, land usage, water and ocean management, and the various competing claims on space. This also includes biodiversity and the sustainability of management and production.
- Health, lifestyle and livelihood
The influence of people’s behavioural choices regarding health, food and living environment. The behaviour of consumers, citizens or recreational participants, the attitude towards risks and uncertainty, the perception of quality and safety, and the relationship between food safety and poverty, particularly in developing countries.
To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
The Wageningen Approach:
Issues within the Wageningen domain are almost never exclusively natural, technical or social by nature. There are always multiple, usually synergetic, approaches and possible solutions. Wageningen UR therefore fosters the unique interaction between the natural and social sciences. Both sets of disciplines are part of a coherent package of research, education and services. This integrated approach offers additional possibilities for the effective application of expertise in policy or in practice. Wageningen UR maintains open relations with other domains and disciplines. Research agendas are composed in coordination with governments, the business community, special interest groups, and other universities and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. As a result, science and education can have an actual impact on society as a whole.
It is the ambition at Wageningen UR to distinguish itself by offering education and research of excellent quality thereby becoming the European institute of knowledge within the domain of healthy food and living environment.