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Web3 Engineer

The Web3 Engineer Major focuses on the latest technologies with an emphasis on ownership and trust. As a Web3 Engineer, you will study how to develop and secure innovative applications and networks. Among other, you use Ethereum, Solidity, and Hyperledger Fabric. You will delve into the security of smart contracts and consensus mechanisms on different blockchain networks, such as Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric, and learn how to set up and manage decentralized nodes. In addition to the technical aspects, you will also learn how to map and adapt business processes to the innovative concepts of Web3, such as Self-Sovereign Identity and DeFi. You will learn how to apply these technologies in practice and how to use them to support companies in their digitalization.

First university to offer a bachelor's degree in Web3 Engineering in Europe

Howest University of Applied Sciences is launching an English-taught bachelor major Web3 Engineer in Bruges, Belgium. As the first specialized Web3 bachelor in Europe, this program aims to attract students from all over the world who are passionate about cutting-edge technology and want to be at the forefront of the Web3 revolution.

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Extensive and in-depth training

Since 2016, Howest Applied Informatics has been driving blockchain research projects and has been embedding it in education since 2017. By participating in this elective track, students will be able to help shape the growing blockchain industry and gain an edge over their fellow students.

The track is part of the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science, which means that you will also be thoroughly trained in the field of software and web development, databases and system and server infrastructure. You will not make the final choice for this track until after the first year of training, which guarantees a thorough assessment.

Recognition and job opportunities

Our expertise has earned national recognition in a partnership with the professional federation Agoria and its more than 2000 technological partners, UCL and Blockchain4Belgium. Internationally, we are an associate member of the Hyperledger Foundation, the global global ecosystem for business-oriented blockchain technology.

Innovative profile

After following this elective track, you will be able to make an important contribution to the growing blockchain and Web3 industry and get ahead of your fellow students.

Be part of the future!

Your class schedule

Every week you will have between 20 and 24 hours of lessons. Your lesson hours are scheduled to be as complimentary as possible. Schedules may vary from year to year. The final class schedule for the school year is finalised in September.

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First year

In the first year, students have classes all together. Students make their final specialisation choice only after the first year. Class days are divided into lectures (morning) and tutorials (afternoon).

Theoretical material received in the morning is applied to the afternoon sessions. Lessons in the morning are followed in group, while you receive individual guidance and feedback from the coaches in the afternoon.

Second year

In the second year, you will have a number of specialisation modules within the programme you have chosen.

Along with a number of foundation subjects, you will delve into Web3 Fundamentals, Ethereum Development and Self-Soivereign Identity, among others.

Third year

Third year: The final year is split into two halves. In the first half, you complete your training in areas such as Smart Contract & Network Security, Decentralised Finance and you create a real blockchain project.

The second half of the year consists of an internship and a bachelor's thesis.

Programma Web3 Engineer
Course unit descriptions for this study programme
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Recognition and job opportunities

Howest’s expertise lead to national recognition in a partnership with professional federation Agoria and it’s more than 2000 tech partners, UCL and Blockchain4Belgium.

Internationally we’re a member of the Hyperledger Foundation, the open global ecosystem for enterprise grade blockchain technologies

Innovative profile

After completing this elective course, you will be able to make an important contribution to the growing blockchain and Web3 industry and take a head start on your peers.

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How to apply as an incoming international student

All information on nominations, applications and tuitions can be found here.

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Strengths of the programme

Obtain a head start in Web3

Since 2016 Howest Applied Informatics steers research projects for blockchain and anchors these in education since 2017. Taking part of this programme will prepare students to take their role in the upcoming blockchain market industry and obtain a competitive head start.

Profound and in-depth knowledge

This course program is part of Bachelor Applied Science in which you’ll get a profound knowledge of software- and web development, databases and server and system administration. The choice for this course is made after 1 year of education which guarantees thorough consideration.

The Hyperledger Foundation

Internationally we’re a member of the Hyperledger Foundation, the open global ecosystem for enterprise grade blockchain technologies


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The Level

Hét grote pluspunt bij Howest is de persoonlijke aanpak. De lectoren kennen elke student en volgen je nauw op. De gebouwen van Howest hebben bovendien een ziel. Op de bruisende campussen heerst een gemoedelijke sfeer onder studenten en lectoren. Ook bij het administratief personeel en Stuvo staat de deur altijd open.

Aan deze hogeschool leer je niet enkel in boeken, je stapt ook de wereld in en oefent in de praktijk. De uitgebreide stages bereiden je voor op de arbeidsmarkt. Na de opleiding ben je klaar voor het echte werk of kan je verder studeren als je dat wil.

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Howest Alumna 2021

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Have you decided? We look forward to welcoming you to our Howest community! 
You can find all information about registering via the link below.

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If you don't find what you're looking for or have a specific question about this program, please feel free to contact us. We are available every weekday from 9am to 5pm. Direct other questions to this contact person:

Kurt Schoenmaekers

Kurt Schoenmaekers

Contact person international Cyber Security Professional students

Olga Belyaeva

Olga Belyaeva

International Admissions Officer

In the case you buy a laptop through Howest, you can look here which laptop is recomended by your course. In the case you already own a laptop or wish to buy a new one yourself, it needs to qualify to the same specifications.

Would you like to study abroad for a semester? Or are you interested in an international internship? You can! You will discover all the opportunities to go abroad within Howest on this page. During your studies, we will work together to make your international adventure a reality!

Prior computer science knowledge is useful, but not a necessity. If you still want to prepare a bit, there is our introductory course on programming and web, but this content is also covered in the lessons.

For maths, we expect you to have had at least 4 hours of maths per week in secondary school. If this is not the case, the entry-level maths courses are recommended. In order to help you further, we also set up monitor sessions during the academic year.

We take the term applied in Applied Computer Science very literally. As a professional bachelor, you are meant to understand things to some extent but the absolute added value is in executing and doing! The many project work, the many working lectures and labs prove that you get to work yourself. We therefore believe that passion and motivation is the key to success. The euphoric feeling after all the hard work of a project is therefore not to be underestimated. The further you progress in the course, the more the importance of practical tasks comes to the fore. At the very end, there is then the icing on the cake with the internship.

Most students come from science disciplines in ASO or from computer science and accounting-informatics in TSO. Didn't have computer science? No problem. Do you want to prepare yourself a bit before classes start anyway? Then take one of the introductory courses in programming or web. There are also entry-level maths courses if you have had less than 4 hours of maths in secondary school.

We use state-of-the-art development techniques from day one. Our code AND projects are managed by market leaders in the field. We always follow the principles of Continuous Development & Integration. This helps us build a true DevOps culture, and embrace new technology such as GitHub Copilot and chatGPT, for example. In the early years, the focus is mainly on using these capabilities, but later we build on this to integrate everything and also set it up ourselves. We also differentiate ourselves by offering our specialisation domains. For instance, we are a market leader in cybersecurity and offer a full-fledged Artificial Intelligence (AI) graduate course. In the Software Engineering track, a lot of innovative development technologies are covered and the DevOps story can be fully explored. In addition, the unique Web3 track teaches you to set up software securely and distributed (democratically), as well as to provide the principles of digital ownership and identity in existing applications.