Word from our President
Welcome to Fontys University of Applied Sciences
One of the most important decisions to be made by an aspiring student is to select the best option with regard to further education. It is possible to select from the wide range on offer in your own country, or you may prefer to broaden your horizons and explore the options for a suitable course in a foreign country. Having international learning experience may be an increasingly important factor in terms of your future profession. The decision to further your studies in a foreign country will bring about a number of additional decisions to be made. For example, in which country would you like to study and which learning institution would have your preference?
Fontys Hogescholen (Fontys University of Applied Sciences, or ‘Fontys’) is one of the largest Dutch universities, with campuses located primarily in the south of Holland. Despite the large student numbers, education at Fontys is organised on a small scale. At Fontys, internationalisation is a key issue. We offer English-language education to foreign students who wish to follow complete course programmes and/or to foreign students visiting us as exchange students. Quality is the key feature of the Fontys vision. We strive to achieve a level of quality that will match that of any higher education institution in the European context.
Fontys focuses particular attention on the parameters necessary for ensuring the smooth progress of studies, such as study career supervision, coaching and a ‘buddy’ system, education and examination timetables, feedback regarding assessments and assignments, study progress registration, information provision and the accessibility of teaching staff.
We strive to be an educational institution that ‘inspires growth through support & challenges’. This is also something that you will notice throughout Fontys, i.e. in the course programmes, in the teaching staff, in the personal supervision that you will receive and in the facilities available. At Fontys, you will learn in conjunction with others and we will provide you with intensive supervision throughout this process.
In conclusion: at Fontys the main point is TEC for Society, both in the field of teaching and research. TEC means Technology, Entrepreneurship and Creativity. It conveys that we want to impart TEC-skills to our students. TEC-proof graduates are versatile and efficient. They are alert to (social) innovations, have the urge to discover in what way technology can play a part in solving social issues; they have the courage to explore and experiment and demonstrate a creative attitude when it comes to working together with other disciplines. This enables them to occupy a meaningful position in society, throughout their entire (working) life, and to contribute actively to a sustainable, vital and inclusive society.
In short, selecting Fontys for your further education amounts to a good choice!
We wish you every success in selecting your further education programme and warmly welcome you to Fontys in The Netherlands!
Drs. Nienke Meijer
President Executive Board of Fontys University of Applied Sciences