Zuyd has a number of Research Centres which stimulate the development, transfer and exchange of knowledge as well as the innovation of our study programmes through applied research activities for companies and institutions. Each of these Research Centres consists of one or more Professors or Associate Professors and a team of researchers and lecturers, whose activities are mutually beneficial for our university and its environment. It goes without saying that the Research Centres cooperate closely with our faculties.
Our research centres have been established to increase synergy by sharing knowledge within the university and through intensive cooperation with our surroundings. The research centres link Zuyd to developments in the professional environment, e.g. by adjusting their activities to national developments and focus areas of regional authorities. The following research centres offer information in English:
- Technology in Care:
The Research Centre for Technology in Care at Zuyd University plays an important role in initiating and stimulating innovation in long term care. Together with carers, professionals, businesses, and clients from care settings, they perform research and innovation, thereby developing knowledge in new ways to benefit professionals in care and the training provided by the university. The application of technology is central to the work. Read more...
- Arts Therapies:
The goal of the Research Centre for Arts Therapies is the development of the body of knowledge of the arts therapies, by means of research in practice and curriculum development in the bachelor and master training programmes. You can find more information on the website of Arts Therapies.
- Comparative European Social Research and Theory:
CESRT analyses social change processes and how these reflect upon social professional education and practice. The improvement of quality standards in social professional education and the development of comparative social research into social practices in a European context are at the heart of its activities. Particular importance is placed on training and research for the professionalisation of teachers of social work, for increasing the knowledge base of social work students and for activating relations with social work organisations within and beyond the local context. You can find more information on the website of Comparative European Social Research and Theory.
- Gastronomy in Foodservice:
Gastronomy is defined as the science of flavour and tasting. Gastronomy is not merely about culinary enjoyment or ‘the practice or art of choosing, cooking and eating good food’, as the Oxford dictionary states. A gastronome is also much more than a foodie. He or she can – and in relevant situations should – be a modern and broadly trained food professional that knows a lot about flavour, taste and tasting. Read more.
- Infonomics and New Media:
Goals of the research efforts include the generation and exchange of knowledge with professional fields and societal stakeholders, curriculum innovation, and staff professionalisation. INM currently consists of a multidisciplinary team of teaching staff and researchers, representing a range of disciplines: philosophy, sociology, ethics, law, communication and media theory, computer science and software engineering. You can find more information on the website of INM.
- International Business and Communication:
This group conducts research on intercultural management, international business, and communication. After all, the globalisation of the business community requires more insight into cultural patterns and their respective accompanying forms of communication. The research group focuses its (fundamental and applied) research on managing cultural differences in international relations between companies and their clients, employees and other stakeholders where communication is a decisive factor and can clearly make international relations more successful. Read more...
- Life Sciences:
The Centre of Expertise in Life Sciences (CEL) aims at generating knowledge and skills with respect to the theoretical and practical interdisciplinary aspects of Life Sciences and its applications. It develops curricula/modules in the field of Life Sciences and its applications with the focus on Food & Health and Nanotechnology. CEL obtains projects on contract basis and implements project-based research as part of a long term programme. It functions as a catalyst for education renewal within Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. CEL is an interface in knowledge transfer and practical research to relevant partners and stakeholders in Limburg and the Meuse-Rhine euregion. More information on the website of Life Sciences.