Windesheim's ambition is to be one of the top three large universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
That ambition is set out in the university's proposed performance agreement with the Dutch government (see below) and in the Windesheim Institutional Plan 2013 - 2017.
The Dutch government's Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences have reached an agreement concerning the development of higher professional education and the practical research undertaken at universities of applied science. The agreement is intended to lay the foundations for the future of higher education. A future in which students are challenged, the teaching is of a high standard and the research is geared to professional practice.
Putting principles into practice
The agreement between the Ministry and the Association finds practical expression through performance agreements. Each university of applied sciences has to propose a performance agreement with the Ministry, based on the national profile. That involves the university stating its ambitions for the quality of education and study success, stressing the distinctive features of its education in terms of level and content, and reinforcing its research by defining its focuses and valorization plans.
Reaching for the top
Windesheim constantly strives to improve quality and offer study programmes that are relevant to professional practice and equip students for the jobs market. Windesheim aims to be one of the top three major universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. That ambition is set out in the university's proposed performance agreement with the Ministry (see above) and in the Windesheim Institutional Plan 2013 - 2017.
Outstanding study programmes with (inter)national appeal
We want to be a strong university, known for producing valuable and principled professionals by providing good-quality study programmes, including outstanding programmes with (inter)national appeal. With that aim in mind, various professionalization initiatives have been implemented to increase the number of staff with Master's degrees and PhDs and to create well-paid teaching posts. The Degree Programme Advisory Committee and the Examination Board have been expanded and the teaching has been aligned with Bachelor-level norms through the establishment of research centres. In addition, the university's outward-looking approach has been reinforced by the appointment of entrepreneurs in residence and fellows.
Integration of research and education
Windesheim places great emphasis on ensuring that its research activities are focused and closely related to the central Bachelor's programmes. The university's research centres concentrate on four fields: small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation, and education for young and old. Three priorities have been defined, for which Windesheim expects to receive funding: the development of the Centre of Expertise for High-Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) in the (Eastern) Netherlands, the North-East Netherlands Smart & Biobased Materials Centre of Open Chemical Innovation (COCI) at the active Polymer Science Park, and the Centre of Expertise in Technical Education (TSE-CTO). All three projects involve partnerships with other colleges, universities and industrial bodies and receive practical and financial support from commercial backers and provincial authorities.
Windesheim's proposal was discussed with the review committee appointed by the Ministry. The committee then submitted an advisory report on the proposal to the Ministry, describing the document as 'powerful, ambitious and feasible' and grading it 'very good'. The Ministry has accepted the committee's recommendation and granted Windesheim performance funding for the period 2013 to 2016.
High score for Windesheim Honours College
For the fifth year in a row, Windesheim Honours College has received a very high score in the national student survey (Nationale Studentenenquête). Studychoice.nl, an independent study choice website for students in the Netherlands, conducts this survey every year. The survey is intended to find out how happy students are with their degree programmes. With a score of 90 out of 100, it is safe to say our students are extremely satisfied with WHC.
Windesheim works closely with a large and varied group of partners from around the world. We cooperate on student exchanges, curriculum development and research. Intensive collaborative relationships have been developed with certain partners, involving interaction in many different fields.
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
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