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Offering tertiary education students a firm foundation for their later careers is one of the cornerstones of the collaboration between IDnext and The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ Academy of ICT & Media. In its collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences, IDnext is creating a bridge between education and industry.

Our society is becoming increasingly more digitised before our very eyes. But this brings a number of issues with it and the business community in the Netherlands’ would benefit from qualified professionals who can find solutions for these complex issues. It is therefore crucial for both students and industry that education and the labour market fit together seamlessly. Important elements in the interface of education and the labour market are synergy, cooperation and knowledge sharing.

IDnext is an open and independent platform comprising public and private parties that support innovative developments in the area of digital identity. As founder of the IDnext platform, Robert Garskamp will ensure that IDnext’s collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences complements the mission and goals of the platform. He explains that ‘IDnext strives to highlight the societal role of higher vocational education through a close collaboration with The Hague University of Applied Sciences. We are doing this by creating a market and providing research support and assistance to its students. The research takes the form of graduation projects, internships and such like, and is implemented jointly.’

Leo van Koppen, Cyber Security lecturer, looks forward to the collaboration between The Hague University of Applied Sciences and IDnext over the next four years. ‘Another important element of our collaboration is to give students from the University of Applied Sciences the opportunity to work with IDnext on concrete areas and, as far as possible, in multidisciplinary teams. We will support this with guest lecturers who are knowledgeable in particular areas. By bringing theory and practice together, we believe that we can equip students with the necessary skills to take well into their later careers.’

The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ Academy of ICT & Media has six different IT courses including the Information Security Management (ISM) course which is unique in the Netherlands. This course was started in 2008 and now has over 180 students. The first ISM students graduated in 2012 in subjects as diverse as “Research into social media and botnets”, “Development and design of NEN7510 controls in the health sector”, and “Research into the critical success factors of Identity & Access management in the financial sector”. The course is enjoying growing interest. This is very welcome as the demand for young professionals in the area of cyber security is greater than the course’s current supply.