A vital region is a region that makes use of its own core qualities, and in this way responds to national and global developments. Within the theme of Vital Regions we search for and stimulate these core qualities. As a university of applied sciences we are part of social networks that remain strong, open and inclusive, and so are a forerunner in the glocalization.
NHL University of Applied Sciences contributes to the professionalisation of the vital region through practically-oriented research, innovation and knowledge circulation between professionals from the field, our lectorates and our own NHL degree programmes. We do this by means of top-quality research carried out in the northern region of the Netherlands, where we are strongly established.
The three research groups within Vital Regions focus not only on social challenges, but also on stimulating entrepreneurship and utilising core qualities. Within the lectorates, we collect, develop and disseminate knowledge concerning the viability of education, health, safety and public affairs. The participation and inclusion of (vulnerable) groups in society such as children, young people and the growing number of the elderly form the starting point for this. In this way, we strengthen the vitality of the region.