HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.
HKU is in the midst of society. We deploy applied research to enable us to focus on developing creative and technological solutions for, for example, healthcare, education, the cultural sector and the design of public spaces. The aim of these research projects is to contribute to the further development of the fields of work for which we are training students.
Many of our research projects are on the cutting edge of various disciplines. We encourage future designers, creators and producers to develop research skills to help them see past the borders of their own disciplines. We conduct various research projects in collaboration with international institutions for art education.
International collaboration is a high priority for the creative industry and for HKU. In recent years, HKU has entered into alliances with educational and research establishments, companies and governments in various parts of the world. These alliances entail student exchanges, internships, lecturer exchanges, research collaborations, education and research. Other forms of collaboration are also possible.
HKU is also an active member of multiple international networks such as the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the art education network Cumulus and the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC).