mission statementStudents are confronted with carefully selected aspects of science, economy, society and culture, to create synergy between these fields.
For example, in product development, students learn to pinpoint and master the relevant aspects of technological, economical and human sciences, to develop innovative products and services through interdisciplinary research.
international roleProduct development participates actively in the Erasmus exchange program and has a pioneering role through the development of an EPS program within Flanders. Hereto there are collaborations with Aalto University, NPC (Villanova) and UPC (Valencia).
For research activities there are various collaborations with international research institutions like the Dutch technical universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, and the Technical University of Norway.
national roleThere are collaborations through research and educational projects with VITO, the University hospitals of Flanders, the universities of Brussels, Leuven and Gent, and with associated faculties Health care, science and Applied economical science, and with the interdiciplinary Centre for health care technology.
main focusDesign, engineering, architecture
faculties and departmentsDepartement of design science
bachelor level programsABA Architecture, 3 years
ABA Interior architecture, 3 years
ABA Product development, 3 years
master level programsMA Monuments and landscape conservation, 2 years
MA Product development, 2 years
MA Urban planning, 2 years
research activity and main areasProduct development has three research fields:
1 Methods in New Product Development (NPD) with subfields
1.1 Sustainable NPD
1.2 Proces and Organisation of NPD
1.3 Interaction Design
2. New product development in health care
doctorate level programsDoctor in architecture
Doctor in product development
subject areas for exchange studentsapplied engineering, health care, project management, architecture.
teaching languagesEnglish, Dutch
semester dates1st semester: middle of september till the beginning of the second semester.
2de semester: end of januari till end of june
cost of living per month (studying and living)600 Euro's