UASNL is an informal collaboration of 16 Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), who work together to strengthen their European research profile. Through the EU office in Brussels, UASNL contributes to policy developments, builds European partnerships and shows the value of Impact Driven Research in answering the challenges Europe faces. The individual UAS place a strong emphasis on higher education, applied research and social impact. This total package translates into training, applications and innovation. In UAS, knowledge valorisation and practice-oriented scientific research is intertwined with educational activities. Labs, projects, internships and workplace learning are often implemented in research programmes. The professional orientation during their studies makes the UAS student a useful contributor to the labour market and increases the graduate’s working life and employability skills. In addition, UAS students also participate regularly in practical research tasks that lead to innovation projects. This provides a win-win situation for both UAS and the student, where the UAS uses the research outcomes to improve their product or service.
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