Mission and Vision
Windesheim’s mission is to make an active contribution to an inclusive and sustainable society. We strive to do so by educating valuable and principled professionals and by conducting practice-oriented research.
Windesheim will be working to gradually realize the future perspective of enabling a personal learning pathway for each individual student. Our ideal is that no student fails unnecessarily. Each student will be given the opportunity to find out, with expert counselling, which curriculum fits best for him or her, as part of lifelong learning. In this way, our students will be –and continue to be– attractive on the labour market. In the coming years we will be working together to realize this ideal step by step.
Our mission and social responsibility translate into the following three ambitions for the next few years:
- Each student has his/her own learning pathway that is personal, challenging and flexible.
- The research at our university focuses on an inclusive and sustainable society.
- We improve the transfer of students through the education chain.
These three ambitions determine Windesheim’s Strategic Plan for the upcoming years. Meanwhile, we continue to work every day on the quality of our education, our research and our services. We will achieve the stated ambitions step by step, and in consultation with students, staff, professional field and other external stakeholders.
- Three ambitions
An inclusive society is one in which each individual has equal rights and opportunities to make an active contribution. A society based on values such as equality, solidarity, human dignity and embracing diversity. Those values play an important role in our education and set the course for our research. Inclusiveness to our university means that we regard each student as a unique person with his/her own strengths as well as limitations. This is why we support every student (young adults, professionals, newcomers and alumni alike) as best we can in finding and developing his/her own talents. Each student is given the opportunity, with personalized counselling, to outline a personal and challenging learning pathway, with due consideration of current and future requirements in the professional field.
A sustainable society is about making balanced and sustainable use of our planet, its natural resources and inhabitants (i.e. people, planet, profit). This is another theme that plays an important role in how we design our education and direct our research.
Our students begin or continue their development at our university to become competent professionals as well as self-confident, responsible (world) citizens. This makes us a valuedriven community of students, lecturers, researchers and other employees. Together with regional businesses and organizations, from both the Zwolle area and from Flevoland, we form a learning and research environment that is innovative as well as inspiring.
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences stands for an inclusive society and takes steps to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities and rights, both within and outside our organization. What we strive for is 'closer to you, with an eye for differences'. Windesheim has a clear ambition with regard to diversity and inclusion, of which gender is a part.
- Social responsibility
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The ambitions are specified in further detail in our Strategic Plan 2017-2022.
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