VIVES is a state-recognized and state-financed higher education institution. Our core business is to ensure higher education for students at bachelor level (EQF level 6) in the study areas Applied engineering and Technology, Biotechnology, Education, Commercial Sciences and Business Management, Health Care and Applied Social Studies.VIVES is ‘open’ to the world. We work closely together with the very export-oriented local and regional enterprises in the broadest sense. This includes businesses in the agro-industry, hospitals, training centres for primary and secondary schools, centres for social guidance and counselling. Research is a second pillar of VIVES. The aim of our research is to ensure that our teaching remains of a high quality in terms of subject matter and is in line with current issues in professional practice. Through our research, we also want to contribute to innovations in professional practice and have a regional, provincial, and national impact on the knowledge infrastructure and economic and social development. We involve our students in research as often as possible. This is important to us because our graduates are going to work in a professional practice that is constantly and rapidly changing. It is important that they are able to carry out research and apply results, or have them carried out, so that there is continuous innovation. We do this from six centers of expertise. In this project two centers will be involved: the Center of Social Innovation and the Center of Agro and Bio-technology.