HAN University of Applied Sciences

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Ben Bartels, Director of International Affairs FED, ben.bartels@han.nl
Magda Lichtenberg, International Relations Officer/Exchange Coordinator, magda.lichtenberg@han.nl

The university
Located in the historic eastern Dutch cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen, the HAN campuses offer outstanding professional courses to over 30,000 students. In fact, review committees have recently ranked our courses in the top 10 out of all Dutch universities of applied sciences. And HAN has even been ranked top provider of Masters courses in the Netherlands. What makes our education so unique? Our courses combine a solid theoretical basis with practical application in the field. This works in two ways: our young Bachelors degree students are well positioned to enter the job market as soon as they graduate and our experienced Masters degree professionals benefit from the broad networks and specialist expertise of our lecturers.

Fields of study
HAN offers just about every type of Bachelors and Masters studies in any number of fields: Education, Social Studies, Commerce, Communication, Business Administration, Law, Economics, Engineering, Built Environment, Applied Sciences, IT and Communication, Health, Nursing and Sports. Students can choose from 63 different Bachelors courses, numerous exchange courses and 19 Masters courses.

Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education is committed to training passionate teachers who are ready to educate the next generation. They are professionals who are skilled in teaching and research, who have learned to embed computer technology into their teaching and who are aware of their mission in an ever-changing environment that reaches beyond the region of the Netherlands and has a direct effect on learning in schools.

We train teachers for primary and secondary education. We are also the only Faculty of Education at a university of applied sciences that trains student in Education Science. These professionals are at home in the areas of training, coaching and building expertise in management and staff in companies and institutions

In addition, the Research Centre for Quality of Learning is part of the Faculty of Education, as well as the Master of Education degree course (Teacher Education in General Economics, Teacher Education in Dutch, Teacher Education in English and Teacher Education in Mathematics). These Masters courses create first-degree teachers in these subjects (see Masters chapter).

Our mission
Our education and research are in the service of increasing the quality of future learning. To this end, we train people to be passionate and innovative professionals in education and employment organisations.

Our training is done with a view to the development of children, youth and adults in a complex society. As an educational institution, we also facilitate ‘lifelong learning’ in our region. We are a dynamic organisation in a dynamic environment.

Our vision
Our faculty is the place where regional cooperation between our work field, our research centres and our degree programmes come together.

  • It is a place where our students feel at home as they receive an education and learn to do research.
  • It is a meeting place for professionals with a passion for learning and organising learning.
  • It is an approachable, transparent and nearby setting for employees, students and the field.
  • There is an open attitude toward the new and unknown, resulting in diversity and profitable work.
  • Within the faculty we stimulate an international orientation for our employees and our students, so that we further open their window to the world.
  • It is a professional organisation: we highly value responsibility and a questioning attitude in both our students and staff.
  • We have a results-oriented culture in which we are considerate of and committed to one another.
  • We put this vision into practice in our institutes and the research centre through the institutional plan or the research programme.

Our core values
The Faculty of Education has three core values which are translated into the work environment of our institutes and research centre:

1. sustainable
We are committed to a sustainable learning process; we lead by paying attention to people. We work on lasting innovations and relationships with our partners and work together to shape and anchor quality learning in the region.

2. professional
We are driven professionals with a passion for the learning and development of children, youths and adults. We use and continue to develop our expertise in order to contribute to the quality of learning, both today and tomorrow. In our faculty, we offer both the structure and the space for the development of our staff, our students and our field. For us, being professional also means taking responsibility, making a contribution and being accountable to the organisation.

3. joint effort
In our faculty, we work closely together with our students and are committed to each other. We know each other, know what motivates the others and stimulate each other and the students to bring out the best in ourselves. We use each other’s knowledge and skills. We are approachable and accessible to each other, the students and our field. We work closely with our professional practice, know what’s going on, and go out and bring the outside world into our faculty.