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The Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise (SEECE) is a public-private structural partnership network from the university of applied sciences of Arnhem van Nijmegen (HAN) with the energy-related business world. In this organization, companies, institutions, education, research, and governments are united, they are represented, and they work together for a reliable, affordable electricity supply for a sustainable world.

Network organisation

All partners recognize that both the innovation agenda and the human capital agenda are under pressure due to the energy transition and the Dutch Energy Agreement. They are convinced that this challenge can only be successfully tackled:

  • through structural reciprocal co-operation between public and private partners,
  • whereby the human capital and innovation agenda are connected and enforcing each other

SEECE started in 2013 and there are about 40 companies, educational institutions and public authorities who are currently partner and stakeholder of the centre of expertise. 

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Our Mission

The mission of SEECE is to

  • educate more and adequately educated energy professionals with and for its partners. This education involves new employees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as training and education of existing staff.
  • conducting applied research that contributes to the partners’ strategic goals. The focus is on the strategic goals around the theme "reliability and affordability of the energy supply during the current transition to sustainable energy." We see this energy supply from a global perspective, in which entrepreneurship and valorisation of our knowledge are crucial for the necessary innovations.

These parties recognise that energy innovations and skilled energy professionals are needed to ensure a reliable energy supply. However, a number of developments weigh on this human capital agenda:

  • The sector is ageing. Many energy professionals will be retiring in the next few years.
  • There is a growing need for energy professionals who understand new technology because sustainable energy is on the rise.

The current number of graduates from universities of applied sciences is too small to meet the growing demand from the business world.

Centres of expertise

The centres of expertise have a crucial role in Dutch professional education developments which is reflected in the framework Verenigingskader Centres of Expertise, against which they will be monitored the coming years.

Centres of Expertise are sustainable action-oriented partnerships in which universities of applied sciences, companies, governments and other public and social organizations work together on research, innovate, experiment and invest for the benefit of future-proof higher professional education and professional practice and to accelerate the desired economic and social transitions."

The national Centres of Expertise Committee (Reiner Committee) sees a widely appreciated and impact-rich future for Centres in the following 5 areas

  1. as an engine for tackling societal challenges
  2. as an instrument for educational innovation
  3. as an excellent connector from “outside” to “inside”
  4. as a learning and adaptive network organization
  5. as a recognizable form of cooperation with impact

These five areas lead to the following positioning of the Centres of Expertise:

  • Centres are instrumental in tackling social issues such as those formulated in the mission-driven innovation policy of the Dutch government. The added value of Centres is therefore, much more strongly than before, socially interpreted.
  • The management of the portfolio development of the Centres plus the associated budgeting has been assigned to the universities of applied sciences. Centres are therefore an integral part of the university college's portfolio.

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