HBO Practice-oriented research as key
The Multi-Year Mission-Driven Innovation Programs (MMIPs) within the theme Agriculture, Water and Food cover the entire chain from fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research to implementation. The missions originated and are rooted in issues in society. The carriers of the missions are the natural partners of higher professional education. These include entrepreneurs, government institutions, municipal services, administrators, public authorities and the citizens themselves. Delta Platform takes the responsibility to give practical research a structural position within the water-related missions and facilitates cooperation to ultimately find solutions to the societal water-related challenges.
Practice-oriented research has an impact in three areas:
- professional practice and society
- education and professionalization
- and knowledge development.
Lecturers with their research groups conduct practical research in higher professional education. Collaboration with each other and with knowledge institutes and universities is part of the process. Collaboration in the knowledge chain and utilizing crossovers are an important characteristic of practice-oriented research.
Deploying students in the research creates clout in the research itself and creates up-to-date skilled (delta) professionals who, after completing their studies, will work in society where the missions play a role. It is they who, as new professionals in the public and private sector, take on missions for tomorrow. This is the most structural form of pass-through of knowledge and valorisation.