VIVES is the largest university of applied sciences in West Flanders. VIVES has campuses in five student cities in West Flanders: Bruges, Ostend, Kortrijk, Roeselare and Torhout. Our university offers courses in six fields of study: Applied Engineering and Technology, Applied Social Studies, Biotechnology, Commercial Sciences, Business Management and Informatics, Education and Health Care.

Our take on education


Becoming the best you can be. Students and lecturers continue to develop their strengths and deepen their personal and professional identities with enthusiasm. They make choices that are in keeping with their talents and goals.

Managing your own learning process. Students and lecturers manage their own learning process. As professionals, they are committed to lifelong learning, and to broadening and deepening their understanding and expertise.


Learning from and with each other. Students and lecturers learn together as a team. They build their own professional network with opportunities for informal and interdisciplinary learning. To accomplish that, they make full use of the facilities of the digital world.

Finding your way in higher education. To assist students in making the right choices, and in order to help them climb the learning ladder VIVES works together with its educational partners. VIVES also fully recognises previously acquired competences.

Engaging in active dialogue with the workplace and society as a whole. Students and lecturers learn from and with external parties. They take a critical view of society and make their expertise readily available outside the university of applied sciences environment.


Shaping the inspirational education of tomorrow. Students and lecturers work on a challenging learning environment, which may or may not be independent of time and place. Innovations capitalize on research results and on the expectations of current and future generations of students, the working environment, and society.

Preparing for the jobs of the future. Students and lecturers strive to acquire the competences needed for the professions of today and tomorrow. The interaction between theory and practice challenges them to push their boundaries. Education, practical experience, and their own practice-based research are interwoven to that end.