The Netherlands amazes Summer Campus participants with unusual novelties (VIDEO)

22 July2019
The Netherlands amazes Summer Campus participants with unusual novelties (VIDEO)

On July 20, one of the Summer Campus tutors, Director of the K.F. Hein Foundation, a private fund for arts, Quinten Peelen, spoke about innovations in the Netherlands.

Quinten Peelen began his speech by opening his page on Instagram and inviting the audience to talk about him based on his photographs. The lecture then turned into a quiz where the participants were to guess the author of the painting shown on the screen. The last was Van Gogh, and it was his work that the project Quinten Peelen described was devoted to.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Cycle Path in the Netherlands, the so-called twinkling path, lights up every night after being charged with solar energy during the day. Inspired by Van Gogh’s famous work, The Starry Night, it is made of thousands of shimmering stones. For clarity, the speaker showed the students a video of the trail. Many participants remembered this project for its practicality combined with definite appeal.

The next topic Quinten Peelen discussed was bikes in the Netherlands. He spoke about the city of Utrecht, which is considered a world-class bicycle city because bikes are the main mode of transport there. Even motorists are less important than those who ride on a bike. There are cycling lanes and underground parking for bicycles.

Another unusual innovative solution the speaker showed was plants covering the roofs of the bus stops. This non-standard solution is part of the environmental programs in the country. The bus stops are also equipped with energy-saving LED lights and bamboo benches.

In a short amount of time, the speaker showed the Netherlands from different angles and introduced the students to many useful and unusual innovative projects. They help to raise the standard of living in the country and resolve environmental problems. Quinten Peelen’s original presentation was a hit with the participants.


The International Summer Campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) is a unique annual educational project for best students of Russian and foreign universities. The Campus curriculum comprises lectures and interactive sessions with leading Russian and foreign academics, government employees and world-class business executives. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, leading Russian and foreign experts, Russian and foreign business leaders, high-ranking officials and civil servants will traditionally speak at the Summer Campus.

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