Peek behind the scenes: Fontys InnovationLab, the breeding ground for new perspectives

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HBO-i event Peek behind the scenes visits Fontys InnovationLab

On Thursday 22 June, there was another Peek behind the scenes, organised by HBO-i, a collaboration of all HBO-ICT programmes in the Netherlands. This week a visit to the Fontys InnovationLab, where participants took part in various workshops, got a lot of inspiration and also visited the Innovations Insight event later in the day. Below is their report on this inspiring visit.

Was it because of the diverse programme, the inspiring examples or the inviting atmosphere? The fact is that this edition of the Look at the Kitchen was characterised by cross-pollination. Lecturers, lectors, practice supervisors, directors and programme managers from ten different universities of applied sciences and the professional field: everyone found each other in Eindhoven and came up with new perspectives together. For a round table session at the Docenten Event on 6 October, for instance, or for new ideas around ICT Research Methods. AI in our education was also fleshed out from various perspectives at Strijp-TQ.


Fontys ICT has known how to strengthen this bridge between education and practice for years. This became clear once again during the Look in the Kitchen, the knowledge-sharing day, where ICT teachers had the opportunity to experience the collaboration between students and the field up close. The day served as a valuable platform for sharing expertise and insights, providing learning opportunities for both teachers and students.

Innovation and renewal

The knowledge-sharing day began with welcoming remarks by Frens Vonken, FHICT director, and Suzanne van Kuijk, FHICT programme manager. Together, they emphasised the crucial importance and endless possibilities of close collaboration between education and practice. An atmosphere of innovation and renewal permeated the air, as that was the central theme of the day.

Engaging workshops

Throughout the workshops, innovative projects were shared, as well as insights on fruitful partnerships with the field. People spoke passionately about progressive support for students who need a helping hand, creating personalised learning pathways and the impactful innovation that can transform our society. The workshops were so engaging that they sometimes ran out because participants had so many intriguing questions, inspiration was definitely gained during this section.


During the networking lunch and the student exhibition Innovation Insight, all parties came together and the inspiration gained degenerated into cross-fertilisation that thus made connections in several ways. Between different colleges, different parties and different responsibilities. With very concrete follow-up actions, that's the best part. Let's follow this up together on 6 October in Utrecht during the Docenten Event, inspired by the breeding ground that the Innovation Lab in Eindhoven is.

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