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Research at Howest is thriving!

Howest anticipates and responds to the needs of society and the broader socio-economic field. The organisations carefully chooses new profiles and innovative niches. In this way, Howest contributes to turning the West Flemish brain drain into brain gain.

Frederik D'hulster, rector: "Research without direct output of the expertise for professional practice, would make institutions like Howest irrelevant. Practice-oriented and evidence-based research strengthens the knowledge base of courses and stimulates innovation processes in practice. It is the necessary fuel to keep our education up-to-date. As a committed partner in the quadruple helix, Howest is working towards organising research and social services even more from its strengths: practice-oriented, innovative, demand-driven.

Expenditure of nearly 8 million euros

From 2016 to 2022, research and service expenditure increased from €3.52 million to €7.9 million. The number of researchers involved increased from 140 to 250.

Geoffrey Hamon, Director of Research, Services & Entrepreneurship: "The professional work field helps shape our courses and is increasingly calling on Howest to be a partner in innovation. We aim to create added value in our region by offering accessible services and an interdisciplinary approach while strengthening our academic programmes. Encouraging entrepreneurship has gained an important place in our organisation over the years. In addition to internships and bachelor's theses, we put our efforts into workplace learning, structurally embedding collaboration with the work field."

Howest is committed to taking an interdisciplinary approach in which researchers and lecturers from different courses, experts from the work field and other institutions, work together as equal partners on practice-oriented challenges. It pays off!

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