The Joint Research Centre Zeeland (JRCZ) in the Zeeland capital Middelburg is a unique research institute. Here, students, researchers, companies and the government work together to find solutions to urgent, social issues in the South West Delta.

Address & Contact

Monday till Friday: 8:00 - 18:00 hours

By bicycle

Coming by bike? On the grounds next to the JRCZ you will find a bicycle shed.

By car

You can find directions on Google Maps. It is not possible to park directly at the JRCZ on Het Groene Woud. There is 1 special parking space available on the grounds for people with disabilities and/or chronic conditions.

You can park for free on the grounds at Poelendaelesingel 12. There are 55 parking spots available for visitors to the JRCZ, on the map below you can see which spots. Upon arrival, you can sign in with your JRCZ pass or via the intercom. This parking lot is only a 300 meter walk to the JRCZ. You can cross safely via the pedestrian tunnel.

Is the parking lot at Poelendaelesingel full? Then you can drive on to the Kousteensedijk parking garage. Here there are 50 parking spaces available for employees and students. This parking garage is an 8-minute walk from HZ location Het Groene Woud.

With a group

Are you coming to the JRCZ with a group of 10 people or more? Then we ask you to park in one of the nearby parking garages. We recommend parking Hof van Tange and parking garage Geere. Both parking garages are within 7 minutes walking distance from the JRCZ.

Public transport

The JRCZ is easily accessible by public transport. Several bus lines stop near the JRCZ. If you travel by train, it takes about 10 minutes to walk from Middelburg Central Station to the JRCZ.


Our study programmes

Water Management

Full time

Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. It is essential to many of the things we need and enjoy in life: food, transport and recreation, but managing it can also pose some serious challenges. Around the world water managers contend with droughts, floods, sea level rise, over fishing, pollution, plastic soup and many other risks to both our natural environment and our society. We need water managers to safeguard our future!

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Civil Engineering

Full time

Are you interested in contributing to the construction of the largest lock project in the world? In determining how high and how strong dikes should be to ensure flooding does not take place? Or would you like to make sure that people and animals can continue to live safely near coasts and rivers despite climate change? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the questions above, the Civil Engineering programme at HZ may be the right choice for you! It is expected that by 2050 80% of the world's population will live in delta areas. In these areas, where rivers meet the sea, there are increasing challenges due to climate change. With your expertise as a civil engineer, you will tackle problems such as coastal safety and urban flooding and contribute to safety in deltas around the world. During your study, you learn everything about the design and building of large constructions and managing huge international projects. Examples include the Panama locks in the Panama Canal; the Channel tunnel that connects the United Kingdom with France; and the magnificent Palm Islands in Dubai, a design that could have been yours if you were already a civil engineer! Doing Civil Engineering at HZ means you are studying in the middle of a delta area: when walking out of the university of applied sciences, you will encounter your field of work all around you. Did you know that the Dutch Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier is one of the seven modern wonders of the world and that this construction can be found at 30 minutes from HZ? Employers are lining up for you as a graduate, because at HZ you are not only trained theoretically, but also practically. Right from the start of your study, you will be applying the theory of your future work field in the actual practice. During the lectures you will work on (international) assignments from the professional field, you do two internships with organisations in the Netherlands or abroad and you choose a minor: a half-year programme whereby you further specialise yourself in a company of your choice. In this way, you already gain ample work experience during your studies, and you will be optimally prepared for your career. The best Civil Engineering programme in the Netherlands This programme is, besides a top-rated programme, the best Civil Engineering programme in the Netherlands, according to the Keuzegids 2024.

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Information and Communication Technology student outside of the Joint Research Center Zeeland

Information and Communication Technology

Full time

Binge watching a series on Netflix, use WhatsApp or listening to Spotify? This is all possible thanks to IT!

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Full time

Technology is changing your world. Think of robots that would care for the elderly, or boats that run on solar energy, or a machine that fishes plastic out of the ocean. Technical solutions that contribute to a sustainable world are in high demand. Are you curious, resourceful and interested in technology? Find out how you can make a difference with a bachelor in Engineering!

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Our other locations

Edisonweg, Vlissingen

At the Vlissingen campus, you can find all study programmes in the fields of Economics & Management as well as Social Studies. The international programmes that are offered here are International Business, Logistics Engineering and Tourism Management.

Het Groene Woud, Middelburg

At the Groene Woud campus you can find a number of technical study programmes: Chemistry, Global Project and Change Management, Information & Communication Technology, Industrial Engineering & Management, Water Management and Civil Engineering. The Joint Research Center Zeeland is also built at this location.