Education and Innovation

More support for startups, attract companies, flex studying, Hague literature fund and much more.

Education is the driving force of our society and our economy. Improving the quality of education in The Hague means more and better young professionals will stay in this city. They can subsequently use their skills and expertise to help foster a climate of entrepreneurship and innovation, which provides a stimulus to the local economy.

This requires the municipality to provide an environment that encourages learning and personal development. We believe that making education accessible and providing the essential facilities is necessary to create this environment. Especially for those who have difficulties pursuing their education due to the variety of personal circumstances. We feel that this should not hinder anyone’s pursuit of personal development. It is crucial to support those in need so that they have the possibility to develop themselves and grow into the young professionals this city needs.  

Another important factor in providing a suitable environment is cooperation. A good relationship between students, educational institutions, associations and the municipality is paramount in order to sustain a positive climate for students and young professionals. We believe the potential in this city is enormous and we should cultivate it.

To realise this, Bond voor Studenten Actie wishes to undertake the following actions:

More support for start-ups.

  • Stimulate entrepreneurship and start-up culture with programs such as Impact city; ‘de Haagse vernieuwers’ and ‘start-ups in Residence’.
  • Provide logistical support by providing easier access to workspaces and meeting spots for entrepreneurs.

Attract companies

  • Work together with the Province to get more companies and jobs to The Hague.
  • Further put The Hague on the map internationally as the centre for innovation, justice, peace and security, by facilitating students and young professionals to participate and volunteer in those sectors.
  • Raise awareness with civilians and companies on the economic possibilities in and around The Hague.

Flex studying

  • Students that have difficult personal circumstances and are delayed in their studies should have the possibility to pay per subject. That is why ‘flex studying’ (flexible studying) should be implemented on all educational levels. This should also be a possibility for students with special extracurricular activities, such as board positions in study- or student associations.
  • Opening times of libraries should be extended, especially during exam periods. Additionally, there should be more possibilities to all members of the public to view books from the online catalogues.
  • Students with children should be supported by providing flexible child-care close to educational institutions.

Student Public Advocate (ombudsman)

  • A student ombudsman has a good overview of the students in The Hague and the issues that are important, and can be an effective representative of students in The Hague.
  • Practice shows an ombudsman is often in a much better position to handle complaints impartially.

Turn the Vacant “Megastores” into shared classrooms

  • The “Megastores” complex has never been successful as a shopping mall in The Hague. The complex is surrounded by overcrowded educational institutions such as, but not limited to the Hague University of Applied Sciences. It is both cheap and easy to convert the empty shop premises into modern lecture halls, practicum rooms and other study facilities to alleviate the structural lack of student spaces.

Hague Literature fund.

  • Students that work for student organizations, welfare institutions and used the ‘ooievaars-card’ until they turned 18, should get compensation through the ‘hague literature fund’ (haags literatuur fonds).

The Hague homework support-point

  • Stimulate students in The Hague to work as homework-mentors to guide middle- and high school students who are lagging behind. The students are rewarded with study points (ECTS) or a claim on the literature-fund. This should be done by the municipality by having outreach programs between University and High school students facilitated.

The Hague Pupil Academy

  • Extra challenges for all middle- and high school students in The Hague that score above average. Monthly activities that expand the activities for general education and development. This project will also be run by students, who get ECT’s or are rewarded with the literature fund. This can be seen as an extension of the already existing World Class created by the city for university students, but now expanding to include high schoolers