Keep informed about the research projects that are currently running.

Innovation Traineeship Pilot

The AHK is currently collaborating with the HKU and ArtEZ University of the Arts on the Innovation Traineeship Pilot. The aim of this project is to strengthen the research relationship between universities of applied sciences and small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs).  

In December 2020, the Taskforce for Applied Research SIA (Regieorgaan SIA), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) awarded a subsidy to the AHK, HKU and ArtEZ within the context of the Innovation Traineeship 2020 scheme. It is the first time that such a joint subsidy application has been awarded to three universities of the arts. The three universities are now collaborating in order to make these innovation traineeships a reality. With this project, the SIA wants to increase the capacity for innovation of SMEs and strengthen the knowledge position of the universities.  

An innovation trainee conducts practice-oriented research over the course of 1.5 years at an SME, first as a trainee and after graduating as an employee of the company. The university supervises the trainee during the entire research project. In addition, the participant is offered a programme in which (soft) skills are developed that are important in the business sector, such as entrepreneurial, innovation and management skills. The student can take part in masterclasses, network meetings and peer supervision, for example, with this goal in mind.   

The three universities are currently busy putting the plans into effect. 

Center of Expertise Arts Education

The CoE Arts Education (in formation) is an initiative of the Arts Education research group led by Melissa Bremmer and Emiel Heijnen. At the end of September 2020, Anne Nigten was appointed as a quartermaster for the CoE Arts Education. She has conducted an extensive needs analysis among stakeholders from the field. This analysis showed a great need for cross-curricular education at the intersection of art, technology and/or science. The needs analysis also highlighted a number of current themes such as social and ecological engagement. The CoE Arts Education is located in the AHK LearningLab at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam.

The CoE Arts Education aims to bring about social innovation from innovative art education along two thematic lines: Education at the intersection of Art, Technology and Science (OKWT) and Social and ecological engagement.

The first theme: Education at the intersection of Art, Science and Technology is a continuation of the research, knowledge and experience of, among others, the platform Onderwijs op het snijvlak van Kunst, Wetenschap en Technologie (OKWT) (Education at the intersection of Art, Science and Technology, OKWT). In the OKWT platform, lectors from 7 universities of applied sciences work together on cross-curricular education at the hybrid intersection of art and science. The CoE Arts Education, together with the relevant lectors, is investigating how we can best share and concretise knowledge from OKWT with study programmes and teachers at various levels.

The second theme: social and ecological engagement is directly linked to so-called 'wicked problems', complex issues that require an interdisciplinary (educational) approach. This revolves around inclusive arts education, arts education as citizenship education and socio-ecological issues.

Both themes are in line with current curriculum developments in primary education, secondary education and (preparatory) vocational education. In the near future, the themes and issues will be further refined with cultural and social organizations from the professional field. To this end, we regularly organize meetings with the professional field. The CoE Arts Education is developed according to a network model, where input from the professional field is welcome.