HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

HU's predecessor Hogeschool van Utrecht (HvU), the outcome of a merger between several universities of applied sciences in the Dutch city and province of Utrecht, was established in 1988. On 1 September 2005, HvU merged with Hogeschool De Horst in Driebergen. The resultant institution grasped this occasion to adopt a new name: HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht, HU).

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
Hogeschool Utrecht, HU
TypeVocational university
Established1995 (1995)

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht


At the end of 2018, HU had a total of 3,329 employees. Of this number, 2,268 worked as an educator and/or researcher and 1,061 people worked as support staff. In the year in question, 93% of the academic staff had a master's degree and 12% had obtained a doctorate. At the end of 2018, 43 professors were working on practice-oriented research while 94 staff members were working on doctoral research. Student body HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht) is a knowledge-driven organisation with 27,401 full-time bachelor students, 4,019 part-time bachelor students and 2,940 master students (as of 31 December 2018). Over one-fifth of the students enrolled at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht are professionally employed.

Institutes and Research Centres

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht dissolved its former faculties on 1 February 2017. As of that date, it has divided its organisation into 22 units, which provide the basic framework for its education activities. These institutes are: Archimedes Institute; Theo Thijssen Institute; Institute for Sign, Language & Deaf Studies; School of Special Education and Child-rearing; Institute for Communication; Media Institute; Institute for Engineering & Design; Institute for Built Environment; Institute for Life Sciences & Chemistry; Institute for Information & Communication Technology; Institute for Business Administration; Institute for Business Economics; Institute for Marketing & Commerce; Institute for International Business Studies; Institute for Labour & Organisation; Institute for Social Work; Institute for Ecological Educational Theory; Institute for Law; Institute for Safety & Security Management Studies; Institute for Human Movement Studies; Institute for Allied Healthcare Professions; Institute for Nursing Studies. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht's research groups work from four theme-based research centres, namely Innovation in Business and Communication, Healthy and Sustainable Living, Learning and Innovation and Social Innovation.


HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht has established partnerships with a large number of foreign educational institutions in the context of various international exchange programmes. In addition, it works together with private-sector companies in the Netherlands and abroad to arrange work placement posts for its students. HU offers several English taught full degree programmes in the field of International Business, Creative Business, Data Driven Design and Teacher Education programmes. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is a co-founder of CARPE (Consortium on Applied Research and Professional Education), a European consortium that was set up to promote applied research and professional education. In this consortium, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht works in partnership with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Universitat Politècnica de València and Turku University of Applied Sciences.


HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is located in the centre of The Netherlands and has locations in Utrecht (at Utrecht Science Park) and Amersfoort.

Executive Board

HU's Executive Board is made up of: J. (Jan) Bogerd (Chair), A.A.J.M. (Anton) Franken and T. (Tineke) Zweed.

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