Our education

With professional practice in mind and, where possible, in collaboration with external parties from the professional field, The Hague University of Applied Sciences strives to provide high-quality and innovative higher professional education. The Hague University of Applied Sciences is a networking university of applied sciences in the education it provides too. It supplies the professional field with enthusiastic young professionals, who enter the professional field armed with future-oriented competencies based on professional practice. The Hague University of Applied Sciences asks the professional field to provide input for its curriculum and, in turn, supplies the professional field with new knowledge obtained from the research it carries out. More follows below about developments in our education in the year under review.

Range of programmes

The Hague University of Applied Sciences continually considers whether the degree programmes offered meet a need and still reflect the wishes and requirements of society. This acuity resulted in several changes to our range of degree programmes again in 2014.

Broad Bachelor HBT-ICT

The Hague University of Applied Sciences has decided to convert the majority of current degree programmes offered by the Faculty of IT & Design into a broad HBO-ICT Bachelor. This development must be regarded in light of the national conversion of technology programmes that has been agreed on at a national level. In 2014, The Hague University of Applied Sciences started to (re-)design the broad ICT Bachelor. The updated degree programme will be launched in September 2015.

A large number of other technology degree programmes will remain unchanged as a result of the conversion. Specific choices have been made where several others are concerned. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has approved all of the choices that The Hague University of Applied Sciences has made.

Numerus fixus

The Skin Therapy degree programme was subject to a numerus fixus in the 2014-2015 academic year. The process was then evaluated. Several points that emerged from this evaluation resulted in changes to the selection procedure. The Hague University of Applied Sciences will carefully analyse the academic progress achieved by selected students, with a view to improving the selection process further.

In the spring of 2014, The Hague University of Applied Sciences decided to introduce a numerus fixus for the Nursing degree programme (HBO-V) following consultation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This decision was prompted by the fact that all other universities of applied sciences had already introduced a numerus fixus and also by the fear of a shortage of internships.

As such, a numerus fixus with decentralised selection will apply for four degree programmes in the 2015-2016 academic year: Skin Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Teacher Education in Physical Education.

Master of Financial Management and Control

In the year under review, the decision was made to change the name of the Master Accounting and Control degree programme to Master of Financial Management and Control. This name is a better reflection of the content of the degree programme and also of what the degree programme represents. The use of both names was permitted until the end of 2014. The name change has now been approved and introduced.

Three-year pre-university education programmes

In 2014, The Hague University of Applied Sciences launched a number of three-year pre-university education programmes, the study programme for which represents 180 ECTS instead of the 240 ECTS applicable for standard Bachelor degree programmes. The Hague University of Applied Sciences believes that motivated students with a pre-university education background are definitely able to cope with an extra challenge. They will complete a compact and intensive study programme in which a great deal of emphasis is placed on practice-based research, professional skills and international developments.

The following degree programmes offered students the opportunity to take up an official three-year programme (180 ECTS) in 2014: European Studies, International Communication Management (English language variant), Industrial Design Engineering (English language variant), Process & Food Technology and the Education in Primary Schools degree programme (PABO).

In September 2015, the International Financial Management and Control degree programme will introduce a three-year programme representing 180 ECTS.

The Hague Summer School

The first The Hague Summer School was launched in the summer of 2014, prompted by our international orientation. This pilot proved to be successful. Twenty-five employees from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, more than 20 guest speakers, student interns and buddies welcomed more than 60 students from countries all over the world. The programme consisted of eight different modules, supplemented by an extensive social programme. Ten research groups are involved in the organisation of the Summer School, lending the Summer School an interdisciplinary nature. At the Summer School, students spent two to four weeks studying the following central question: how public-private collaboration can be a catalyst for change, for the students themselves and the world too.

In 2015, The Hague University of Applied Science set itself the object of attracting twice the number of foreign students to the Summer School. The city of The Hague plays an important role in the branding of the Summer School.