Research groups in motion

Since the introduction of research groups over ten years ago, the research role fulfilled by universities of applied sciences has taken on a structural character. This is also the case at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Over the course of the reporting year, it became evident that all study programmes now recognise and acknowledge the crucial role of research in terms of educational quality. 

As at 1 January 2012, The Hague University of Applied Sciences had a total of 21 research groups, six of which were special research groups. Special research groups are research groups established by The Hague University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with external partners. The various research groups were clustered into six groups in 2012. These groups reflect developments within and outside the institution, and consist of:

  • Global citizenship, public administration and urban environments;

  • Economics, leadership and entrepreneurship;
  • Quality of life;
  • From education institution to knowledge institution;
  • The New World;
  • (Physical) Technology.

Several of these clusters were elaborated in further detail over the course of 2012.

New research groups

The Executive Board was seeking to increase the number of research groups within the economic domain in order to ensure more effective alignment with The Hague University of Applied Sciences' profiling. The Executive Board was also seeking to consolidate the focus on internationalisation. With these objectives in mind, the Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship research group was defined in further detail from April 2012 onwards, while the new European Integration research group commenced its activities in May 2012. In the autumn of 2012, the Executive Board decided to establish two additional research groups in the economic domain, namely Change Management and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Extended and discontinued

The Executive Board also decided to extend the lifespan of three research groups, including International Cooperation, by four years. Two research groups were discontinued during the reporting year: Innovative Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management.