Avans University of Applied Sciences was formed in 2004 as the result of a merger between Hogeschool Brabant and Hogeschool Den Bosch. These educational institutions were already working together closely at the time, operating under one Executive Board.

The Executive Board manages Avans University of Applied Sciences. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervision and monitoring of the Executive Board’s policies.


All our departments together comprise the 21 Avans schools. This includes the University of Law Avans-Fontys.

Avans offers programmes in the following areas of interest:

  • Economics and Business
  • Engineering, Society and Behaviour
  • Health Care
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts and Culture
  • Law and Governance
  • Education
  • Earth and Environment
  • Language and Communications.


At Avans, practice-based research is carried out at our 6 centres of applied research and over 25 research groups.


Avans has 6 support services units, as well as 2 executive support units. They provide support to the Executive Board as well as the Avans schools.

Student and employee participation in decision-making

At Avans, both staff and students have a voice in decision-making through a number of representative bodies. They play a key role in decision-making processes at all levels within our organisation.

Integrity code

Our integrity code sets out our standards and principles of integrity.