Education is carried out at Fontys ICT as Research-based learning. This is practice-oriented research that is carried out by students, teachers and companies in a form of open innovation. For this we gather the relevant questions that come from society and from companies. These questions are combined with research challenges to identify the research questions. Open innovation does also mean that knowledge exchange takes place between companies, students and teachers, but also between the various groups. For example, various crossovers between companies have already been established, which in turn has led to new projects. Companies and government are Partners in Innovation (PII). Their research question forms input for the research question that is answered during student projects. Fontys ICT has set up a cooperative with the participating companies, called SPARC. This association works exclusively with lecturers, teachers and students of the university of applied sciences. This collaboration is open to companies, with which they also give a commitment for a collaboration for one or more semesters. SPARC offers companies the opportunity to collaborate with young technical talent on ICT innovation. To qualify the practice-oriented research, the output of the student projects, the R&D team and the ICT lecturers have drawn up four criteria. They look at the relevance, reliability, transferability and valorisation of the research results.
In addition the research group identifies questions that are to be addressed by longer research projects. Also in those project the research groups work along with companies and the civil society.