Hein Fleuren

You can know a lot and have very good skills, but what do you actually want to contribute? 

Hein Fleuren

Tilburg Educational Profile

Students at Tilburg University are educated to become knowledgeable, self-aware, and engaged academics, who understand society and want to play a significant role in it, driven by solidarity, entrepreneurship, a sense of responsibility, and empathy: values demanded by our society.

Tea Kiphidze, student

I want to contribute to my country with the knowledge I have acquired.

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Tea Kiphidze
Kees van Rengs, alumnus

It’s all about the why, what is it that drives you?

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Kees van Rengs
Colette Cuijpers, lecturer

I want to mold students into critical academics.

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Colette Cuijpers

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What does the Tilburg Education Profile mean?

The educational profile of Tilburg University based on the Tilburg Educational Vision is unique in the Netherlands. It is built on three pillars: KnowledgeSkills and Character. Students and alumni of Tilburg University stand out among those of other universities because a great deal of attention is/was paid to ‘character building’ in their studies. They will be well-equipped to further develop their talents, increase their knowledge, and contribute to society. 

Read the essay 'Exploring an Educational Vision for Tilburg University'


  • Trained to be experts in their fields
  • Able to make connections to other disciplines
  • Theory is connected to topical issues in society


  • Academic skills
  • Social skills
  • Creative and innovative skills
  • Theory is connected to topical issues in society
  • Employing their knowledge and skills towards social innovation


  • Intellectual independence
  • Critical mindset
  • Social responsibility
  • Scientific responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship