ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion

The ARES’ Chambre of Hautes Ecoles and Higher Education of Social Promotion (Chambre des Hautes Ecoles et de l’Enseignement supérieur de promotion sociale) represents the French-speaking university colleges and universities of applied sciences of Belgium. The ARES is the umbrella organisation of all higher education institutions (universities, university colleges, higher arts schools) in French-speaking Belgium. The ARES incorporated the responsibilities in 2014 of, amongst others, the CGHE, Conseil Général des Hautes Ecoles, a long-time member of EURASHE.

The University Colleges and Universities of Applied Sciences offer higher education in one or two cycles for almost 75,000 students in eight fields of study: agronomy, applied arts, economics, paramedicine, teacher training, sociology, technology and translation-interpretation. The one-cycle courses (3 years) give students a vocational qualification that culminates with the award of a bachelor degree. They cover 180 ECTS and put a   major focus on   integrating students into working life. The two-cycle courses (5 years) have a university level. They offer advanced scientific and technological training. The first 180-ECTS cycle takes three years and leads to an „academic“ bachelor degree. The second 120-ECTS cycle leads to a master degree.