The gross hourly wage of graduates of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU) rose in 2016 to €15.29. In 2015, that figure was €15.00. This means that HU alumni earn significantly more than the annual average for universities of applied sciences (€13.96). This is according to figures from the HBO Monitor 2016, the nationwide survey which universities of applied sciences can consult every year to find out their graduates’ position on the jobs market.
Utrecht is once again at the very top of the most competitive regions in Europe. The European Commission has stated that Utrecht is in joint second place after London, and has received higher scores than areas such as Paris and Frankfurt. The index uses more than 70 indicators. These cover topics such as innovation, accessibility, digital infrastructure, education, health and employment.
International Communication and Media (ICM) offers their students all aspects of communication, marketing and media required in the creative industry. Also they develop all kinds of skills that students can apply in the professional practice. To minimize the gap between theory and practice ICM frequently invites inspiring guest lecturers.
New students from outside the EEA that apply for a programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, have the opportunity to apply for the Holland Scholarship. We have 15 scholarships to give out to excellent first-year applicants.
Teaching staff from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht will spend six days at the refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, to train secondary school teachers. After that, the trainee teachers will continue to receive long-distance supervision in Kenya for another six months. Inge Blauw, the programme manager for educational innovation: ‘We have a lot of experience and blended teaching is one of our strengths. I think we have a social responsibility to use that more widely.’
In February the International Foundation Course will start. This is a pre-bachelor preparatory programme, preparing you for a bachelor at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
An increasing number of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht students are spending a semester studying abroad. There is also an increase in the number of foreign students coming here. Spain and Finland are the most popular countries for exchange programmes.
CARPE, the European Consortium on Applied Research and Professional Education co-founded by HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, is going to make its successful teaching module ‘Smart Sustainable Cities’ available to Vietnamese universities. CARPE hopes that this will contribute towards the modernization of higher education outside the Western World.
The pre-Bachelor’s programme for highly-educated refugee students with a background in IT is set to be continued after a very successful pilot phase. The programme will be extended from six months to one year and other areas of expertise will be included, such as the Built Environment and teacher training programmes for secondary education. Language lessons, courses to improve skills needed for studying and more in-depth subject matter will also be included in the improved programme.
Utrecht is getting its first Smart Industry Field Lab, thanks to the Government’s Smart Industry Agenda. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, University Medical Center Utrecht and the ProtoSpace Foundation are setting up a partnership under the name of Utrecht3DMedical (U3DM) for 3D printing in the medical sector. A number of other organizations with expertise in the area of 3D printing and imaging will join the partnership, including startups 3Devo and MRI Guidance, as well as established businesses such as Landré and Ultimaker.