How do you keep a region like the South-western Delta liveable and vital?

It is a major theme for HZ University of Applied Sciences. Vitality is a broad and varied subject. It has to do with the vitality of the more than 380,000 residents in Zeeland, but also with the millions of guests who visit the region every year. In addition, the practice-based research focuses on how to create and maintain vital neighbourhoods, vital villages and cities and vital economic entities such as companies. Broad prosperity is a central term in the research in the field of vitality.

Research groups

There are several research groups that conduct vitality-related research.


Healthy Region


Excellence and Innovation in Education

Vitality, Water, Food

HZ Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Projects & publications related to the vitality theme



Dementia is a growing social problem. The WHO considers dementia the first priority. Its high cost…


We Got to Move

The theme of this story is that we got to move. The world around us is changing. We, as members of…


Binding van studenten aan de regio Zeeland

In the project Binding of students to the region Zeeland, the educational institutions HZ…


Gezond in Zeeland

Cycling along the coast or across the vast fields of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Walking along the beach or…

Gezonde kansen in Goes

HZ Students, commissioned by the municipality of Goes, will approach families to help them improve…



The care model to be developed will be supported with e-health and professionalisation for all…



Additional objectives focus on allowing people to live at home longer, improving patient…


Zeeuwsbrede screening

The results give schools and policymakers the right information to start targeted work. The Zeeland…


Zeeuwse Praktijkroute Ouderenzorg (ZPO)

HZ University of Applied Sciences is involved with the associate professorship Healthy Region as an…