CVD is a knowledge centre where thinking and doing meet. Here, entrepreneurs and public institutions share questions about security and digital transformation. Researchers get to work on these questions together with the field. Knowledge gained is incorporated into education, so that (future) professionals can be at the forefront of a safe digital world.
Challenges of tomorrow
With the cooperation between secondary, higher and university education, the business community and the government, CVD creates a creative breeding ground for thinking and acting on security and digitisation. The broad mix of partners creates an environment for tackling the challenges of tomorrow. At the same time, the centre also gives a boost to the economy. Together, we stimulate the innovation and development power of entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions.
Central in Apeldoorn
The home base of CVD is centrally located Apeldoorn. It is the place where many of our partners are based. The city has traditionally been a centre for security. The Police Academy, the Royal Netherlands Army and the training centre of the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary are rooted here. Achmea, the Tax and Customs Administration and the Land Registry - institutions with sensitive data files - have their headquarters here. KPN Security, another leader in digital security, is also based here. And with over 8,000 IT professionals, the city is a digital market leader.
CVD is an initiative of Hogeschool Saxion, the Police Academy, the University of Twente and the Municipality of Apeldoorn, in collaboration with the Training and Knowledge Centre of the Royal Military Constabulary, the Royal Netherlands Army, the Institute of Physical Safety, Aventus Foundation and Apeldoorn IT, the network of companies and institutions with IT professionals.
Mission & vision
If you want to take the current issues surrounding security and digitisation seriously, you have to do so integrally and interdisciplinarily. Industry, knowledge institutes and government need each other to be able to learn, research and innovate. Our mission is to set up programmes in which we bring theory and practice together. In short, powerful projects, we work on current safety issues.
The theme of security and digitisation touches on a multitude of developments in society. That is why we sharply delineate what we are going to do and how we are going to do it. We will draw up a clear knowledge agenda with activities in education, research, business and public debate. The following frameworks determine how we fill that agenda:
- The focus is on challenges that are economically, administratively and socially relevant. These are the dilemmas where quick profits can be made. These issues present themselves automatically and they put you to work immediately.
- There is no time for slow processes. Because digitisation is proceeding at lightning speed, we opt for compact educational modules and short-cycle research tracks. In this way, we keep responding to the trends of the moment.
- (Digital) safety affects everyone: from citizens and companies to the government. It is therefore essential that all relevant parties build up a joint knowledge position and deploy it for education and research. For many security issues, digital solutions are possible or desirable.
- The major digital challenges require not only theoretical answers, but also practical specialists. In our programme, the education and training of qualified professionals plays a central role. Together, we work on a safe society.