Sigrid Kaag, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, visited Wageningen Campus on 23 September. The Minister took questions from students, toured the campus and spoke with Wageningen researchers on subjects such as circularity and technology.

In her introduction, minister Kaag praised WUR, an institute she admires and readily visits. She called WUR an important university and ‘a centre of excellence and learning’. The day started with a college tour, during which a select number of students were offered the opportunity to ask Sigrid Kaag and executive board president Louise Fresco questions. After the discussion, it was time for a walk over the campus. The Minister met with representatives from Unilever and Kubota, two businesses on Wageningen Campus. Unilever collaborates with partners on global issues such as food waste and obesity in the global foods innovation centre, otherwise known as ‘the Hive’.

Kubota, which has recently set up shop in Plus Ultra II, received minister Kaag to explain why it has settled within the Wageningen ecosystem, and how it plans to contribute to the development of sustainable and responsible agriculture. Kubota develops applications and products such as farming and building machines, motors, water management products and robotics.

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