Foodvalley Region is a framework of cooperation involving eight municipalities with altogether 350,000 residents, and many educational institutions and businesses.
Entrepreneurs, students and jobs
This is a top region for a top sector. Foodvalley combines science, business and research institutes with a focus on food. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is the expertise heart of the region. It accommodates researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world on its architecturally unique campus. Here you can also find the Friesland Campina R&D centre and, as of 2019, the Unilever R&D Division. The World Food Center in Ede, which is planned for mid-2020, is another asset for the region.
Throughout Regio Foodvalley, relevant knowledge is present at all levels. Regio Foodvalley facilitates and stimulates collaboration between educational institutions and businesses in the region. Educational institutions in the region include a world-renowned university (WUR), several universities of applied science and schools of secondary vocational education, as well as Rivers International School.
Although food is the main priority of our region, it accommodates many other types of businesses and organizations. In particular, the service sector, ICT companies, the metal processing industry and the transport and logistics sector are strongly represented. Leading institutes include Marin, Meteo Consult and CROW.
Regio Foodvalley is centrally located in the Netherlands, only one hour from Schiphol and one-and-a-half hours from Düsseldorf. Moreover, the region is easily accessible by rail (Intercity Ede-Wageningen) and by many motorways.
The people living in this region, which includes the very scenic Gelderse Vallei, Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Veluwe areas, are relatively young. It is a region with a rich history, attractive nature reserves and landscapes and a comfortable living environment, combined with excellent facilities and unparalleled possibilities for recreation, ranging from the Utrechtse Heuvelrug to the National Park De Hoge Veluwe with its Kröller-Müller Museum. This museum has the world's second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings. What's more, the only giant pandas in the Netherlands can be admired at the Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen.