Borderless Network is a Dutch network of knowledge institutes in the agricultural sector with a focus on international collaboration. Our goal is to deliver people with the right international green knowledge and skills to continue our lead position in agriculture.

Capacity building

Our society is fast-developing, the world changes and development aid takes different shapes. These changes are taking place at a rapid pace. Countries that ran economically far behind have developed into some of the fastest growing economies in the world. These developments provide more opportunities for the green domain to offer tailor-made educational services. The tendency of a receding government and the emergence of business in international cooperation also creates new opportunities and a demand for new forms of education interventions within capacity building.

The goal within this theme is to strengthen cooperation where knowledge institutions are strategic partners of government and/or business, focusing on the sustainable addressing of development issues within a sector (based on a triple helix approach). These can be projects and programs involving both the Dutch government, national governments or international organizations (FAO, World Bank, IFAD and others) as a financier and client. Increasingly, there is a role for business in such programs, and financial instruments have been adjusted accordingly. Collaboration can take a variety of forms, ranging from short-term training courses, to BTEC education programs, Living Labs, long-term development programs in triple helix-related sector development or more complex value-added programs for collaborating within Borderless Network.

This initiative is helping us work towards the goal of ‘Internationalisation’, which is part of our ‘Dutch green education development agenda’. Borderless Network is a leading partner in the development of Internationalisation and its relative themed initiatives.