Working towards change

Learn more about our practice oriented research

What will the hospital of the future look like? How can we provide a sustainable energy supply? How do we protect organisations from cyber threats? There are many current issues in our society that require knowledge and innovation. The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants to contribute through practice oriented research. Besides providing education, this is our second most important core task. Research makes education, society and the professional world stronger and more innovative. By working closely with our partners, we promote knowledge development and sharing. In 2017, THUAS outlined its research ambitions in Research Strengthens.

Research in our seven Centres of Expertise

We have been strengthening the position of our research for years. All our research is housed within seven Centres of Expertise. Each centre of expertise focuses on a specific theme and designs its research programme in partnership with the relevant degree programmes. Professors, lecturer-researchers and students conduct research together with corporate partners, governments and other groups in society. The themes of the centres are aligned with relevant (social) issues in the city and the area, which often also play out nationally and internationally. By choosing these issues and working closely with its partners, the Centres of Expertise are able to generate an impact on innovation, knowledge development and knowledge sharing.
Our approach also ties in with the future vision that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and the SIA Taskforce outlined in their Exploration of practice-oriented research at universities of applied sciences.  

These are our seven Centres of Expertise:

Cyber Security: creating a safe digital world

Our dependence on digital systems and networks is still growing. That is why it’s more important than ever to create a safe digital world. Small and medium sized businesses and public services such as water councils, schools and hospitals, are often not prepared enough to deal with cyber threats or lack the capacity to fend off cyber attacks. The Cyber Security Centre of Expertise researches how these organisations can improve their cybersecurity.

Digital Operations & Finance: connecting the data streams

The role of technology in the business community and society continues to grow. Never before have we had so much data and computing power at our disposal. Connecting the physical and financial data streams in business processes is essential to transition from a ‘serviceable economy’ to an ecologically and socially sustainable economy. The Digital Operations & Finance Centre of Expertise researches the possibilities and limitations in digital, economic and financial aspects.

Global and Inclusive Learning: equal opportunities for students and professionals

Create and justify equal opportunities for students and professionals. At the Global and Inclusive Learning Centre of Expertise we research what processes would help to achieve this. We’re also looking for the best ways to actively promote inclusive education and an inclusive society. We support each learning individual in their talent development to enable them to become responsible professionals and critical consumers.

Global Governance: modern governance challenges demand innovative solutions

Complexity, globalisation and cross-border problems are increasing in the world. Management structures are transforming on all levels, other actors are stepping onto the stage and traditional routines are changing. The Global Governance Centre of Expertise looks at the interaction between new and established actors on all levels of management; from local to international. We are searching for other solutions to these contemporary challenges, such as participation and collaboration.

Governance of Urban Transitions: a new form of city governance

The world is rapidly urbanising. At the same time, city governance is changing as well. How do we deal with diversity and inequality and ensure social mobility, security and sufficient housing? Together with urban stakeholders, the Governance of Urban Transitions Centre of Expertise conducts practice oriented research to find new forms of governance that reflect the transitions the city is facing.

Health Innovation: social and technological innovations for healthy citizens

We are seeing a growing focus on providing care closer to home, taking ownership, small-scale care and flexible networks. Technology is a mainstay in our transition to a more sustainable positive health and even creates more opportunities. The
Health Innovation Centre of Expertise uses social and technological innovations to promote citizens’ health and create the conditions for a healthy life cycle.

Mission Zero: an economy entirely fuelled by sustainable energy

The Mission Zero Centre of Expertise has a clear mission: to create an economy entirely fuelled by sustainable energy and renewable resources and materials. Or rather: to stop using new resources and unsustainable energy. Finding these solutions requires multidisciplinary research. This means a holistic approach involving the technology, the economy, society and governance.

Working towards change

Personal development is something we value at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Predominantly the personal development of our students, of course, but also that of ourselves and the parties with whom we collaborate. You never become a world citizen by yourself, after all. This is why we devote a great deal of attention to personal qualities, coaching and supervision.

Study & Career Centre

Prospective and current students can find answers to any of their questions at our Study & Career Centre (SCC). Prospective students can find out more about our degree programmes on Open Days and at the various information fairs. They can experience what a degree programme ‘feels like’ by shadowing or taking part in an Orientation Programme. And of course the SCC is available to provide consultations or workshops to help them make their choice. The SCC is also the first port of call for current students with questions. By providing information materials, tests, assessments and advice, the SCC assists students in making their study or career choices. 

Language buddies

A great example of this are our Language Buddies: students who use their native language to help other students master that language, because they need it for their studies or future job, for example. These buddies help their pupils improve their fluency, assist with their assignments, work on presentations and prepare for examinations. In many cases they also earn credits for this themselves. 

Students with a functional disability

There is a working group at The Hague University of Applied Sciences that has been set up with and for students with a functional disability. The aim is to make it easy to study and also to raise awareness of all the facilities offered by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The working group advises on improvements and organises talks, debates and workshops to raise awareness of studying with a functional disability.


We are a networking university of applied sciences, and we want to make sure that knowledge circulates in all chains of which we form part, within the Netherlands and worldwide. For this reason we welcome working closely together with others, not only within our school and The Hague and its vicinity, but also with a range of exchange partners in other countries, for example.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is our platform for meeting people, inspiring others and innovating together. It is where we connect with one another and our environment. We offer a platform for talks, inspiring stories, discussion and debate, workshops, exhibitions, films and performances. In this way we inspire one another to discover new perspectives on topics that are relevant to The Hague University of Applied Sciences and our society. 

International cooperation

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is becoming more internationally oriented by the day. Almost 26,000 students from more than 140 different countries are enrolled in degree programmes at our university of applied sciences, and we work in partnership with as many as 333 other educational institutions across the world. International students make up a larger percentage of the total student population and more students take an English-language course. We also participate in various platforms outside of the Netherlands. For example, we have strategic partnerships with knowledge institutions for higher education in countries such as Germany, Brazil and China.