The Graduate School VLAG (Advanced Studies in Food Technology, Agrobiotechnology, Nutrition and Health Sciences) is a joint activity of several departments of Wageningen University (WU), Universiteit Maastricht (UM), and the following research institutes: Food & Biobased Research, RIKILT - Institute of Food Safety, NIZO Food Reserch, TNO Nutrition and Food Research, and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The mission statement of the Graduate School is defined as follows: "As a national and international centre of excellence, VLAG will perform research and provide postgraduate training in the area of the food chain in its largest sense, while using an integrated approach". This area encompasses the processing of agricultural products into high quality foods and the effects of the consumption of these foods on health. Processing of non-food products may also be studied where a clear relationship with the processing of food products is evident. Cooperation within the Graduate School is realised through: coordination of scientific research in the fields of nutrition and health sciences, food technology and agrobiotechnology; a multidisciplinary approach towards problems and a joint approach towards new developments; a joint training programme and joint supervision of PhD students. This extensive cooperation provides the Graduate School with a valuable advantage through the excellent possibilities for an integrated approach towards research and training which it offers.
VLAG is een door de KNAW erkende onderzoekschool waarvan de Wageningen Universiteit als penvoerder optreedt. De onderzoekschool heeft wel personeel in dienst maar heeft als zodanig niet de beschikking over eigen faciliteiten als laboratoria, bibliotheek, etc.