Profile of the university

We go all out for Drive, Connection and Innovation!

VIVES is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Flanders and Belgium with a varied educational offer on five different locations. We offer the following assets:

Our society is currently evolving towards artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, transhumanism, industry 4.0, quantum computing, blockchain… This will alter the way we live, work and think. Some view these evolutions with caution, whilst others welcome them with open arms. In this minor we aim to develop a critical awareness of arguments on either side; considering potential threats to, among others, equality and democracy, as well as examining new opportunities like e-business, e-health & e-governance.

Many objects are now connected to the internet. Smart watches, for instance, can be connected to other devices through network facilities. These items are nothing more than commonly known ideas or systems with an upgrade, equipped with sensors and collecting data. We take a closer look at people’s motivations to develop new kinds of interconnected technology. Which goals are they trying to achieve?

GIGO is a computer science acronym meaning ’Garbage In, Garbage Out’. It makes a clear distinction between the system and its user. Most people tend to forget that technology on itself is harmless; the output quality of

a system depends entirely on what people put into it. We focus on the weakest link: people, as individuals or organizations, handling the systems. The so-called human factor. We examine causes of instabilities and solutions for people to maintain a healthy balance, to hold sensible online relationships, enforce digital citizenship & stay resilient in cyberspace. Technology always moves at a faster pace than society itself and thereby affects all aspects of human life. What impact does this have on our human rights? Knowing the legal framework and being able to think independently based on different opinions, is crucial. In this minor we also look at difficult ethical dilemmas which digitalisation brings along. For example, what about artificially upgrading people, the debates about quality of life and even the use of technology to kill?

VIVES excels in person-oriented education and student guidance.
VIVES is a warm university of applied sciences where it is nice to take classes. There is little distance between teachers and students. This allows you to fully develop your talents in a casual atmosphere. We also have a well-developed student guidance and a dynamic Student Affairs service.
VIVES is a league leader in distance education.
VIVES has strongly developed the distance education. An ideal formula for those who wish to combine work or family and studies or for those who live further away from campus.
VIVES offers some unique study programmes.
VIVES offers some study programmes that you can take nowhere else in Flanders. For example, we are the only institution that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation with courses such as aspiring airline pilot, aviation technology and specialisations like drones. Also our study programme of wellbeing and vitality management and our English bachelor’s programme
VIVES excels in innovation.
Education does not stand still. Every day we try to shape the education of tomorrow. Education, practical experiences and research are all interconnected.
Did you know that VIVES…
  • has an actual ‘Makerspace’ where you can use a 3D-printer or wield a lasercutter?
  • runs a Care Lab, where all the nursing subject programmes cooperate interprofessionally within the walls of the school but together with the professional external partners and institutions?
  • has several simulation laboratories with high-tech robots?
  • possesses the biggest ‘board game’ archive in the world?


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Bram Lembrechts

Head Bachelor Programme Applied
Security Studies.
International Relations Applied
Security Studies

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