Change in practice

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is changing the future

A new type of gym hall, cyber security, microcredit for student entrepreneurs, life skills for lower secondary school students – take a look at the examples of how we are improving the world. 

Gym of the Future

Within the research topic of ‘Quality of Life’, the Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment research group works on healthy schools, healthy neighbourhoods and healthcare in general. Where schools are concerned, the ‘Gym of the Future’ project is one of the largest. Working on the basis of the idea that a good start is necessary for a long, healthy and fit life, the research team looks for improvements to gym halls. Is it possible, for example, to use an athletic skills track to test youngsters’ motor skills, so that you can find out in a more efficient way which skills require more attention? And could an interactive video projection be used to engage a generation of young gamers in physical activity?

Centre of Expertise for Cyber Security

Cyber security forms one of the most important challenges of our time. That is certainly the case in the Netherlands, a country which makes very intensive use of the internet while at the same time suffers a constant shortage of IT specialists. The Hague University of Applied Sciences has therefore set up a special Centre of Expertise for the purpose of promoting education, research and innovation in the field of cyber security. This translates among other things into a specialist bachelor’s degree programme in ‘Cyber Security & Safety’ and participation in The Hague Security Delta. The Cyber Security Centre of Expertise is in keeping with our ‘Good Governance for a Safe World’ research topic.

The Hague Hybrid Financing Initiative

This financial fund, managed by the Financial Inclusion & New Entrepreneurship research group, supports students who want to start an enterprise independently alongside their studies. It is, in fact, an apprenticeship company with microloans that has been set up with and for students. Hybrid entrepreneurship is actually becoming increasingly popular, partly because the job market is changing. Enterprising students have plenty of ideas, but a bank will rarely fund them in making those ideas a reality. This is the reason for the existence of The Hague Hybrid Financing Initiative, a practical outcome of the research conducted on the topic ‘The Next Economy’.


Lower secondary school students and vocational education students often find it difficult to cope with school and internships. The Skills4Life programme helps them develop their social, emotional and ethical skills. These might include life skills such as composure, communication, involvement and cooperation with others and the ability to tackle challenges and bottlenecks constructively. This programme is in keeping with the ‘Learning in a Network Society’ line of research. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, TNO and the University of Applied Sciences Leiden are working on developing this together with research developers from Centrum 16•22, lecturers, lower secondary school students, vocational education students and Stichting Haagbouw, a construction apprenticeship company. Companies from the catering and hospitality and horticulture sectors are also involved.

Change in practice