Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS, or Hogeschool van Amsterdam/HvA as we are known locally) is a knowledge institution with deep roots in Amsterdam. Renowned as a science city, this global gateway is home to over 180 nationalities and hundreds of multinational headquarters. Amsterdam is a hub for smart urban solutions, logistics innovation, incubators, culture and creativity. It consistently ranks among the top 5 economic hotspots in Europe.

According to the UN, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050. As the largest university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, we play a key role in addressing the challenges presented by urban life. Research across our 7 faculties tackles diverse issues, spanning technology to business, social sciences, health, economics and more. Our ‘laboratory’ approach ensures direct interaction and impact with society, as  we learn, experiment and innovate in field labs and living labs across Amsterdam. The city truly is our inspiration, and our classroom.

Via co-creation with our stakeholders, we work on practical and impactful solutions to issues high on the EU Urban Agenda: from the decarbonisation of cities and transportation, the circular economy, demographic challenges, digital connectivity, infrastructure and the usage of Big Data, to name a few.

The AUAS has 48,718 students and offers 92 Bachelor’s, Master’s and Associate degree programmes. It is one of the biggest employers in the field of higher education in Amsterdam, with 4,199 employees. Our students, lecturers, professors and researchers work closely with countless industries, companies and organisations to come up with smart solutions to challenges facing cities – both in Amsterdam and beyond. AUAS is also a founding member of U!REKA, an alliance with seven other European universities of applied sciences which aims to strengthen the quality of our education, research, entrepreneurship and innovation in a European context.

Our research ambitions extend beyond Amsterdam, evidenced by our diverse international projects. See for more information on our research activities at AUAS and to find out how you can start collaborating with us to find answers to your pressing questions.

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