In 1995 Howest,University College West Flanders became a single autonomous Higher Education Institution because of a merger of six prominent institutions of higher education in Flanders. Since then the development within Howest has taken on a fresh impetus and we are now one of the leading providers of higher education in the province.
Today about 6000 full-time students are enrolled at Howest pursuing 23 Bachelors covering a wide range of disciplines. Howest consists of five campuses situated in Bruges, Kortrijk and Ostend. Students will find here an open, vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly environment that offers a wealth of educational opportunities, with emphasis on high quality and practice-oriented courses.
Howest University College is atypical, creative en entrepreneurial. Anticipating the future and exploring the talents and motivation of each student, Howest University College coaches its students to become competent, highly employable, team oriented young professionals.
Howest aspires to be a learning community which strongly invests in developing and enhancing creativity, innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and passion in a diverse intake of students and staff. Its campuses are a fertile habitat that generates cross-pollination and synergy.
Howest gives preference to staff members that show commitment and who identify with its mission and vision. They disseminate the Howest values.
Anticipating new trends and needs, Howest wants to design new profiles. In order to do so, it generates practice-based, state of the art curricula in close collaboration with the labour field. In a multidisciplinary setting, Howest integrates education, research and community service in each curriculum, thus creating an added value for its students, staff and society as a whole.
Howest is convinced that it is of the utmost importance for its staff and students to develop an international mindset and to actively participate in international programmes.
Howest strives for a quality culture in which all stakeholders reflect and participate actively. All programmes receive a maximum support from the facilitating services.