Onze profilering: zwaartepuntvorming

Our profiling: priority areas

The three thematic priority areas in which The Hague University of Applied Sciences aims to excel are:

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in an era of globalisation
  • Good governance for a safe world
  • Quality of life: technology for health

The Executive Board prepared an activities plan in which collaboration with academies and lectors, in the form of projects in which knowledge was acquired, circulated and valorised, was key. In 2013, lectors, Department Managers and lecturers were enthusiastic about collaboration on the priority areas. We will describe the implementation of the ‘Good governance for a safe world’ theme in 2013 below.

Good governance for a safe world

In the year under review, the theme 'Good governance for a safe world' was implemented in four research skills tracks:

  • Cyber security.
  • International financial crime.
  • Interest aggregation and conflict management.
  • Social cohesion, citizenship and education.

Cyber security

Within this thematic spearhead, the research group in Cyber Security & Safety and the Academy of ICT & Media worked together on the creation of a Centre of Expertise (CoE) on Cyber Security. Added to this, in the year under review, The Hague University of Applied Sciences had discussions with a number of partners in the government, institutions and the business sector about possible collaboration on the theme of cyber security. The business sector expressed an interest in student interns from The Hague University of Applied Sciences who could valorise the knowledge they have acquired on the theme mentioned above in-company. The Centre of Expertise will conduct both technical and management-related/organisational research.

Where this priority area is concerned, lectors, lecturers and students work together in existing networks. These include The Hague Security Delta ([HSD] The Hague University of Applied Sciences is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of this network) and the Cyber Security Academy (CSA). The HSD is a broad network that focuses on security in the Haaglanden region. Local authorities, organisations and knowledge institutions work together in this network. In the CSA, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences work together on the subject of cyber security. The participation of The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the CSA was prepared in the year under review.

The collaboration between academic higher education and higher professional education creates a win-win situation for all concerned. The government and business sector benefit from academic research on the subject of cyber crime, but above all else need high-quality professionals who are able to apply solutions found in an innovative manner in professional practice.

International financial crime

The research group in Cyber Security & Safety and several academies from The Hague University of Applied Sciences are working with various other parties to implement a number of research projects on the subject of international financial crime. The project pertains to research on the subject of international cooperation, IT and legal issues. This way, The Hague University of Applied Sciences is able to respond to global developments that are taking place in this domain. The OECD, the EU and the UN are working to combat corruption. Globally, corruption is regarded as the most significant impediment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The international financial crime research area has an international court for financial crime, seated in The Hague as a city of peace and justice, as a beckoning prospect. The projects in this research skills track are geared towards the above in part. Six researchers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences are working on this.

Interest aggregation and conflict management

In the interest aggregation and conflict management research skills track, processes for political opinion formation are key, in normal and conflict situations. The Academy of European Studies & Communication Management has published a handbook about lobbying in European politics. Research will also be conducted on lobbying in municipal authorities. At municipal level, it is important to develop competencies when articulating interests, particularly in the context of current cutbacks and 3D operations. The Hague University of Applied Sciences will also do research on participation in decision-making on education.

Social cohesion, citizenship and education

In the year under review, the projects in this research skills track focused on education in particular. The Hague University of Applied Sciences implemented a project on European Qualification Forms for the European Union (EU). It also started to write a handbook on education law. Projects about bullying on the internet and a new job description for lecturers were prepared. The Hague University of Applied Sciences also made a start on research on a possible Centre of Citizenship and took steps to establish whether it is possible to obtain funding for a project on vibrant communities ( Vitale Wijken). Just as is the case in the other research programmes, the projects were always established in close collaboration with the research group and the academies.