The Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS) is located in Groningen - one of the best student towns in the world. Hanze UAS has an international perspective and offers students from all over the world the chance to prepare themselves for a career in a modern, globalized society. Hanze UAS has been offering practice oriented higher education for more than 215 years. With approximately 27,000 students, Hanze UAS is the largest university of applied sciences in the north of the Netherlands, offering international programmes in the field of business and management, communication, fine arts, music, engineering, health care and social studies. For all degree programmes at Hanze UAS a balance is sought between theoretical and practical knowledge, in order to prepare students for today's global economy. Much of their education is business-driven, with practical orientations available to help develop professionals who can combine theoretical knowledge with a good understanding of their chosen profession.
All of the programmes at Hanze UAS are tested within the government's accreditation system. This means that they meet the quality requirements set for higher education by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Accredited programmes are allowed to use the NVAO stamp of approval. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) was established by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation organisation tasked with providing an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in Flanders and the Netherlands.
Hanze UAS's Quality Management Framework describes the institution's vision on quality and its quality management system. It is a guide for the schools of Hanze UAS for drawing up their own quality management systems. Having a framework for quality assurance and management is a requirement for accreditation, but it is also a prerequisite for maintaining good quality in higher professional education.