Research at The Hague University of Applied Sciences
What are research groups?
Research groups at universities of applied sciences consist of lectors and members. Lectors are experts specialised in the specific field of the research group, while the members come from various study programmes or are external experts. Research groups help build a bridge between education and professional practice by conducting research.
Research and professional practice
Research in the higher professional education sector is rooted in professional practice. Research questions are prompted by professional practice and result in knowledge that benefits that same professional practice.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ research ambitions
In introducing its research system, the university opted for multidisciplinary research groups that transcend the boundaries of individual study programmes and academies. This decision was based on the idea that the university’s research is rooted in social issues affecting the city and region, and established professional practice. Such issues are multidisciplinary by nature and cannot be resolved by applying standard knowledge or common routines.
In designating the research groups, the Executive Board took into account that they should fit in with the university’s long-term strategy and image. The professional fields were chosen to reflect the university’s image as a regionally anchored knowledge organisation with a highly diverse population. The university feels it is important to offer research groups in areas that are of interest to nearly every professional with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences. Obviously, the university’s choices were also based on current economic and social issues and the wishes of its key partners.
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