The core business of VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is to educate students to become professionals and to prepare them for the requirements of the labour market. Based on these starting points, VHL has designed an educational vision, which provides a framework for how the education at VHL is conducted and organised.
The educational vision states that our educational concept offers space to individual students for the development of their talents and professional competences in an inspiring environment. This is subsequently reflected in the following five characteristics for each VHL study programme:
From the very first year of the study programme, we work whenever possible with real life assignments in which students have direct contact with the professional field. In this way, students will encounter ‘21st century skills’, such as being entrepreneurial and working in multidisciplinary collaboration. In addition, VHL students are educated in order to contribute to a sustainable world.
Freedom of choice within the study programme offers students the possibility to take responsibility for their own studies by using their own knowledge, learning style, needs and interests. This freedom of choice is linked to the final competences of the study programme.
In the study programme, the personal learning styles of students are taken into account. This means that in the curriculum, information is offered in various ways, different teaching methods are used in which students actively engage with the study material in different forms and different types of testing are used. Students are personally guided in their development with the assistance of study mentors. In addition, each programme offers talented students the ability to Intensify and diversify their knowledge in that field.
The use of digital resources in our education is in line with the increasing use of information technology in society. It provides new opportunities to facilitate daily education and provide challenging and contemporary education. Digital education allows for education which is customised to the individual student and peer learning.
All programmes determine, often in national consultation and always in consultation with the professional field, what professional competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) graduates should possess and therefore should learn in the programme. Research, internationalisation and sustainability are central to the mission and vision of VHL. These aspects are therefore demonstrably included in the final competences of all programmes.