Fontys University of Applied Sciences


Fontys is the largest university of applied sciences in the south of the Netherlands (45.000 students). Our mission: to provide inspiring, challenging and outstanding higher vocational education and to conduct practical research that is truly meaningful to society. Our education and our research are directly in line with current and future demands and needs of our students, the professional arena and (regional) society.

TEC for Society

Our society requires a more entrepreneurial and inquisitive attitude from students and professionals. Such essential knowledge and skills are called TEC: Technology, Entrepreneurship and Creativity. Those who have TEC skills understand how technology can solve problems, dare to do business and look for creative solutions and collaborations. Our students, graduates, lecturers and researchers thus make a proactive contribution to a sustainable and inclusive society.


Research is high on the agenda at Fontys. Applied innovative and practical research that we carry out in close cooperation with, and for, the professional arena. We match the innovation needs of companies and institutions as much as possible across five important fields of expertise. Our research themes are aimed at developing Fontys into a knowledge-intensive network organisation linked to societal and corporate issues. The research themes are Creative Economy, Health, High Tech Systems & Materials, Learning Society and Smart Society.

With the knowledge acquired from our research, we contribute to the improvement of the professional arena, the renewal and further development of economic and social sectors and to our education. Moreover, research strengthens the investigative attitude of our students and establishes the relationship with society and the professional arena.

We carry out our research within professorships and research programmes. Fontys has about 44 professorships and seven knowledge centres (including Centres of Expertise), which are collaborations that focus on sectors of great importance to the welfare and prosperity of the Netherlands.