Avans University of Applied Sciences was founded on 1 January 2004. Avans University provides higher education in ten areas of interest, nine locations, in three cities. Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg. The school has 29,000 students studying 40 courses in 18 institutes. There are 2,300 employees.
Avans University of Applied Sciences was declared by independent research from the Keuzegids HBO as the best major University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. It Is considered one of the best universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
Avans University of Applied Sciences itself was a union of Hogeschool ’s-Hertogenbosch and Hogeschool Brabant in Tilburg, Breda, and Etten-Leur. Hogeschool Brabant itself was a union from 1988 of Hogeschool West-Brabant (Etten-Leur and Breda) and Hogeschool Midden-Brabant (Tilburg). The oldest branch of Avans University of Applied Sciences is the Kunstacademie in ’s-Hertogenbosch, which was founded on October 1, 1812.