Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Centre of Applied Research Technology

Aviation Academy and NLR sign partnership agreement

21 Sep 2016 16:07 | Centre for Applied Research Technology

A signing ceremony was held on 21 September to mark the conclusion of a partnership agreement between the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of HvA by Gerard van Haarlem, Dean of the Faculty of Technology, and on behalf of NLR by Marja Eijkman, Manager of the Aerospace Operations Division.


HvA and NLR aim to work together on a number of spearheads with major innovative and societal impact. The collaboration will enable both organizations to conduct research more effectively by setting up joint long-term research programmes. Students participating in these programmes will benefit from more focused and integrated internships and graduation projects. The partnership will eventually make an important contribution to the innovative and competitive strength of the Dutch aviation industry.

Exchanging knowledge

An important aspect of the partnership concerns the exchange of staff and students between HvA and NLR and between HvA, NLR and companies operating in the Dutch aviation industry. In concrete terms, NLR will offer a number of 20-week internships and graduation projects every year that will be optimally geared to HvA’s bachelor’s programme in aviation. The exchange programme will start in 2017. The partnership is focused on five specific research areas: Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Safety Optimization, Human Factors, Flight Operations, and Capacity Management. The partnership between HvA and NLR is one of the results of the Dutch government’s policy of strengthening collaboration between research and education organizations at the regional and national level.

Aviation Academy

The Aviation Academy is a valuable player in the European aviation industry. Current and new generations of aviation professionals are constantly faced with international challenges within the industry. The Aviation Academy brings them the skills and knowledge needed to cope with these challenges. It is based on sound education, research and a qualitative connection with the industry.

Netherlands Aerospace Centre

NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and integral solutions for the complex challenges in the aerospace sector.

NLR’s activities span the full spectrum of Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT & E). Given NLR’s specialist knowledge and facilities, companies turn to NLR for validation, verification, qualification, simulation and evaluation. NLR thereby bridges the gap between research and practical applications, while working for both government and industry at home and abroad.

NLR stands for practical and innovative solutions, technical expertise and a long-term design vision. This allows NLR’s cutting edge technology to find its way into successful aerospace programs of OEMs, including Airbus, Embraer and Pilatus. NLR contributes to (military) programs, such as ESA’s IXV re-entry vehicle, the F-35, the Apache helicopter, and European programs, including SESAR and Clean Sky 2.