Chengdu Agricultural College visits Aeres MBO in Barneveld and Dronten


As a recognised agricultural training centre, Aeres MBO also provides tailor-made intermediate vocational education in English in the areas of dairy, poultry and pig production, landscape architecture, and the equine industry. A Chinese delegation recently visited Aeres MBO Barneveld and Dronten and the potential for collaboration on these BTEC courses was discussed. The Chinese delegation was led by Mr Tang Chongmin, vice-president of Chengdu Agricultural College in Sichuan.

Chengdu Agricultural College is the largest green knowledge institution in south-west China. Approximately 10,000 students take lessons at the college's 27.6 hectare campus each year. Mr Tang Chongmin was accompanied by several directors, namely Ms Peng Fang (Director Economics & Management), Mr Xiong Bingquan (Dep. Director Landscape, Gardening & Horticulture) and Mr Chen Lidong (Dep. Director Urban & Rural Construction). They were welcomed by Harm Holleman (Aeres MBO's international co-ordinator), Eric Soer (lecturer at Aeres MBO Velp), and Lianne Hendriks (project officer for internationalisation).


The Chinese delegation was given a tour of the Aeres MBO Barneveld campus. The group then had lunch, which was also attended by Rien Komen (vice-chair of Aeres' Executive Board), followed by a guided tour of Aeres Farms in Dronten led by Martin Duijkers. The day ended with a discussion of collaboration opportunities for BTEC courses in dairy, poultry and pig production, landscape architecture, and the equine industry. Teacher training and teacher and student exchanges were also discussed. Alongside Aeres, Chengdu Agricultural College also has internationalisation high on its list of priorities. The visit presents promising opportunities for a reinvigorated collaboration.


BTEC tailored education

BTEC stands for Business and Technology Education Council, and is recognised by more than 200 universities worldwide. BTEC courses are designed to teach students the skills they need to enable them to enter the workforce or progress to higher education.

Would you like more information on Aeres MBO's tailor-made English-language BTEC programmes? Contact Harm Holleman ( or Lianne Hendriks (, and see this page for more information.

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