Erik Heijmans

  • Wageningen - Delft - Amsterdam
Erik Heijmans

Director Study Programme Wageningen University and Professional Training & Consultant

Work History

Work History
Aug 2014 - Present

Curriculum Development AMS - Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions

Developing a MSc programme and starting this by offering monthly lectures, a summer course, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and the possibility of doing Thesis research, AMS educates technically trained professionals who can interand transdisciplinarily develop and implement metropolitan solutions. Amsterdam as a living laboratory in this.

2004 - Present

Programme Director International Land and Water Management

Wageningen University

Responsibilities: maintaining the programmes’ quality, securing accreditation, the coherency of the programmes and contents of the courses, the programme’s PR, finances, student advisors and student intake.

Quality management is the main issue, since the study continuously has to be in line with the
demand side developments on the labour market and demands of new students – as well as with the supply side – the University itself and available staff, expertise and means.

Coordinator for WUR’s training tracks in Agris Mundus (Erasmus Mundus programme on
Sustainable agricultural development )

Nov 1995 - Present


HT&U HeijmansTekst & Uitleg

In various projects, I work on curriculum development and its quality assurance in the field of land and water management and agriculture. I participate in such projects in Ethiopia, (Jimma University), in Yemen (Water and Environment Centre in Sana’a) and Benin (Université Dahomey Calavi, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA) and Faculté des Sciences et Techniques (FAST), Cotounou), in South Africa (University of Western Cape and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town) and in Vietnam (Centre for Water Management and Climate Change CWMCC), Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City).

For a multitude of organisations I design and offer courses and training programmes, that are ‘handson’ and consist of equal parts of practical and applied exercises and of theory (learning by doing). The trainings are usually ‘on the job’ and tailor made. Examples of these programmes include ‘Networking’, ‘Management skills’, ‘Management and administration’, ‘Coaching’, ‘Teambuilding and selfscoring teams’, ‘Project management’, ‘Effective Writing’, ‘writing for target groups’, ‘Clear writing’, Academic writing’, ‘Intercultural communication’ and ‘Human resource management’.

In addition among others I'm a certified trainer for the European Commmission through Schouten & Nelissen.


1974 - 1979

MSc (ir.) Tropical Land and Water Management

Wageningen University