• The University College West Flanders wishes to deliver high quality and practically oriented education that is closely related to the professional and social needs. • In its educational task, the University College West Flanders is committed to teaching and developing people. The University College West Flanders believes that its international character is a major benefit in this respect. • The University College West Flanders wishes to address accurately the demand for permanent lifelong education. • The University College West Flanders wishes to fulfil its social task as a permanent interaction between education on the one hand, and applied scientific research on the other. The University College West Flanders wishes to expand into a centre for knowledge and learning in co-operation with regional partners. • The University College West Flanders will be a student oriented and flexible organisation that strives for continuous improvement. By these means, the Hogeschool places the student centrally in the educational process, and he or she shall be involved in the organisation as a partner. • The University College West Flanders intends to execute a staff policy whereby members of staff are given responsibility and participation. The Hogeschool is committed to caring for the welfare and providing the chance for personal development within a learning organisation. • The University College West Flanders actively stands for pluralism, democracy and innovation, where values such as accessibility, tolerance, and respect for other opinions, co-operation, solidarity and creativity are central.
Howest is building an international network of partners on 3 different levels. Research: Through the participation and setup of EU funded programs (e.g. creative city challenge, pro-fit, Innovation festival) and the collaboration in academic research and Phd\'s (eg association TU Delft, Polytechnico Milano, Uwic Cardiff...) Industry: Through the set-up of technology and knowledge transfer with and for companies. Through research in the different fields of expertises. Education: Through student and staff exchange (1 student out of 5) Through Collaborative programs (e.g. Intensive Programs, summerschool,...) Through Internship exchange. Howest Industrial Design Center is a 3 time Design Management Europe Award winner in non-profit. Howest Industrial Design Center is a United Nations World Summit Award winner.
Howest is a strong actor in local and national, design related popularisation. Howest Industrial Design Center is co-founder of Design Region Kortrijk, the local network of industry, local government, designers and education. Howest is boardmember of Flanders inShape, Flemisch Competencpole Industrial Design and Product Development. Howest is member of Flanders District of Creativity, Design Flanders, Flanders Fashion and Flanders Drive. Howest is organiser of Humin, co-creation project between Industry Flanders and Flemisch Association of Industrial Designers. Howest is a partner in Design at work and the Interieur fair bij Interieur foundation. Howest has bi lateral coöperation with other flemisch design schools: Artesis Antwerp, MAD Faculty Genk. Howest is member of University Association Gent. Howest Industrial Design Center has multiple international partners: Academic: TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, Polytechnico Milano, Tech monterey... Industry: TU Sheffield, TU Ulster, University Bremen, University Hamburg, Holst Center ... Education: ITU Istanbul, Hanzehogeschool Groninge, Haagse Hogeschool, Polytech chambery, IHK Denmark, Hogeschool Rotterdam, UWIC Cardiff... Howest is the organiser of www.multi-mania.be Europes biggest free multimedia event. www.weekvanhetontwerpen.be Belgiums biggest design education exposition and fair.
A-typical curricula in science and technology, combining creativity and technology.
faculties and departments
Howest PBA Kortrijk Professional Bachelors Howest PBA Brugge Professional Bachelors Howest ABAM Academic Masters
bachelor level programs
BA Industrial Product Design BA New media and communication technology BA Digital arts and entertainment BA Digital design and media, Devine BA Applied architecture
master level programs
MA Industrial Design MA Future Media
research activity and main areas
Industrial Design: Sustainability, Prototyping, Interaction, Light, Humanity, Sports, Creativity (www.industrialdesigncenter.be) Architecture: Sustainability, BIM New Media, Digital Design Webtech, Game design, Streaming and servertech, interaction, UxD
subject areas for exchange students
Specific programs are assembled \"custom fit\" for every exchange request, within the available curricula. int. sem: DBM (340), ACS (481), MCM (342), TM (821), IO (529), IPO (214), TA (58)
24/6 Fall 30/11 Spring
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Accom 250-350 euro Food 150 euro Transport 15 euro