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The four research topics of The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The research activities at The Hague University of Applied Sciences are related to ‘The Next Economy’, ‘Quality of Life’, ‘Good Governance for a Safe World’ and ‘Learning in a Network Society’. Read more.

HHS-campagne-3C-curiousResearch is important for THUAS. Curiosity is part of our DNA and this is why we are always looking for relevant questions and new answers in our field. We do that in close collaboration with professionals from qualified practices and stakeholders from the wider society. This way we are creating new insights that are useful for our environment. It is our vision that forms the basis for our particular interest in the following four research topics:

The Next Economy

In this research platform we work on our goal to become a ‘thought leader’ in the new economy. Heads of research groups, researchers, lecturers and students from four faculties work together with our external partners to achieve this goal, based on three research themes: value creation, innovation and entrepreneurship. The platform also devotes specific attention to the topics of Circular Economy and Social Entrepreneurship.

Good Governance for a Safe World

Globalisation, migration and technology are creating new challenges in relation to information provision, governance and security. And The Hague is pre-eminently an international city of peace, justice and security. This is why we offer our students studying this topic the scope to consider aspects such as the right to good governance, the safety of people and security of society.

Quality of Life: People and Technology 

The multidisciplinary field of ‘Technology and Health’ has always held our particular interest. We translate those two subject areas into specific research programmes for students. Topics include regenerating areas such as Laak and Voorhof, research for hospitals in The Hague, the Gym of the Future, living and technology, and sustainable and healthy food.

Learning in a Network Society

Networks are increasingly replacing existing hierarchical structures. Collective learning and working beyond the borders of our own disciplines form the key to identifying new solutions to today’s challenges. Within this research topic, The Hague University of Applied Sciences focuses on the development of learning communities within and outside of the school. The three programme themes are: ‘Learning in ‘great’ networks’, ‘Lifelong development’ and ‘Towards a culture of differences and empowerment’.

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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.

Focus on the world around us

In July 2015, The Hague University of Applied Sciences organised The Third Hague Peace Conference at the Peace Palace.


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.