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Fontys Hogescholen (Fontys University of Applied Sciences, or ‘Fontys’) is one of the largest Dutch universities, with campuses located primarily in the south of Holland. Despite the large student numbers, education at Fontys is organised on a small scale. At Fontys, internationalisation is a key issue. We offer English-language education to foreign students who wish to follow complete course programmes and/or to foreign students visiting us as exchange students. Quality is the key feature of the Fontys vision. We strive to achieve a level of quality that will match that of any higher education institution in the European context.
Fontys provides education and research. As a broad-based university, we are the largest public knowledge institute in the southern Netherlands. Fontys wants to be an innovation engine by linking its education and research to innovation processes within and outside the regions. Fontys has a large impact due to its education and research in almost all sectors of society.
Because of our representation in key positions in almost every sector, everyone who lives and works in the southern Netherlands comes into contact with Fontys, either directly or indirectly. We educate large groups of talented young adults in a great many professions. After their training we meet them as colleagues, as internship coaches, as partners in cooperation and/or research or as professionals who wish to enrich or deepen their knowledge.
Our organisation is in good order. Students and employees are satisfied and give us ‘seven minus’ and ‘seven plus’ respectively. Fontys is financially healthy and the quality of our education is also in good order. The basic qualities that we demand of ourselves are sustainably anchored in the control and accompanying evaluation cycles. We regard ourselves as a knowledge and innovation partner of regions and professional fields.
Technological, societal and economic developments influence and change the world around us, now and in the future. Fontys delivers an important contribution to these necessary changes by meeting more than the needs of the student and the world of the future. Our significance also lies in our effect on the implementation of the changes in society – regional, national and international. Our added value lies in our proactive role – in the joint designing and development of a sustainable and fair society.
We deliver this added value by linking talent development to change in societal sectors and fields of work. Our function as an open knowledge institute is to provide the form by linking education and research to current societal issues. This is how we contribute to innovation in the field of work, the professional context and social sectors. We form the regional, national and international agendas in cooperation with our social partners. We are proactive and future-oriented so that we can have the necessary impact on society, today and in the future.
We deliver this added value by investing in talents. For us, talent is a personal natural aptitude or characteristic that enables you to contributeto society. Talent allows people to use their strengths. Fontys is there for everyone who wants to discover and develop their talents at the higher vocational level and everyone who wants to continue their professional development. We offer space to all cultural and social backgrounds.