Avans University of Applied Sciences stands at the very heart of society. Digitalisation, globalisation and the role of social media mean that we are subjected to a torrent of events both distant and local, and sometimes they can have a big impact. As a result, they are increasingly affecting our community. In all the tumult caused by political developments, wars and natural disasters, Avans wants to be an anchor point for all our students and staff. Irrespective of faith, political opinions, physical or mental disability, social and cultural background, sexual orientation or gender. We stand not in a hierarchy or in opposition to one another, but side by side.