Advice on conducting research and sharing knowledge
How do you ensure that research has an impact on art education, the professional field, society and the knowledge domain? The expertise centre provides support for knowledge-sharing and quality assurance, and their organisation (by peer review, for example), and develops policy in the field of practice-based research in the arts.
We advise professors and researchers on how they can share their results within HKU and with other universities of applied sciences, the creative professional fields and other sectors. This knowledge-sharing (dissemination) can take place in many different ways: from the more “traditional” academic forms to innovative forms in the field of artistic research, as well as through our own publication platform HKU Press. In doing so, we follow the principles of Open Science as far as possible.
Collaboration and acquisition in research
Our knowledge managers focus on the various opportunities and possibilities for innovative practical research. This research is conducted not only in the arts or the creative industry. Artists and designers are working increasingly often in other domains or collaborating with them, using design principles in innovating and improving existing processes. The expertise centre provides advice and support for acquiring research funding and for conducting research.
Internationalisation and partnerships
Art education and research is international, so we focus on creating an international working and learning environment.
This involves collaboration with institutions abroad, HKU’s visibility in international (education) networks, the impact of internationalisation on our education, contributions to the development of intercultural competencies in students and staff, the provision of translations and the application of international quality standards.
The Innovation Studio is part of the expertise centre. It is where we join with regional, national and international partners to work on innovative projects based on the principle of design thinking. Where possible, these partners are linked to education and research within HKU.
HKU Innovation Studio uses design thinking and design research as a way of contextualising complex issues and solving them in crossovers with education, healthcare and themes like sustainability. Everything revolves around the user. Students participating in these projects are thus able to use their makership in new areas and gain experience in a variety of professional fields.
The expertise centre maintains collaborative partnerships for HKU in Europe and the rest of the world. They include public regional partners, cultural institutions and the creative industry, universities in the Netherlands and abroad, and networks like:
- ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)
- AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires)
- EARN (European Artistic Research Network)
- ENCATC (European Network for Cultural Art Administration Training Centres)
- Utrecht Network
- UASNL (Universities of Applied Sciences NL)
- ERRIN (European Regional Research & Innovation Network