living lab concept

Living Labs are an instrument to better position Dutch universities of applied sciences in the Neso target countries and regions. Each Living Lab is a bilateral initiative between universities, businesses and governments targeting a specific sector.


Each Living Lab connects companies and governments to higher education institutions through students, lecturers and researchers who apply their specialised expertise in a specific sector to real-life challenges. The Living Lab links with the political and economic priorities in both the Netherlands and the various countries by targeting a sector that is a strategic industry of both countries. This was developed by EP-Nuffic to be used as showcases of what the Dutch universities of applied sciences have to offer internationally in the various Neso countries. 


Characteristics of a Living Lab are:

  • Bilateral network of universities, companies and public organisations
  • Targeting a specific sector in both countries
  • Focusses on employability of the labour force and innovative capacity of the specific selected sector
  • By enabling and developing competencies of people working in the specific selected-sector: students, lecturers, researchers and professionals
  • By developing practice-oriented (higher) education and conducting applied research and practical assignments for which real-life issues are selected

There are currently four Living Labs in progress. Click on the links below to read more about the projects.


  1. Logistics & water – Indonesia
  2. Biobased economy – Brazil
  3. Creative industries – Korea
  4. Hospitality & tourism – China

Living Labs are an initiative of: