VIVES University of Applied Sciences

With approximately 13,500 students, VIVES is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Sciences in Belgium.
With locations in five cities in Flanders, VIVES offers programmes in six fields of study: Applied Engineering and Technology, Applied Social Studies, Biotechnology, Commercial Sciences, Business Management and Informatics, Education and Health Care.


The numbers:

13500 students
1250 staff members (830FTE)
2380 graduates
1020 final projects
7 campuses in 5 cities
6 basic study areas
27 practice-oriented course programmes
63 specialisations
107 applied research projects


Research at VIVES

As the largest University of Applied Sciences in West Flanders and one of the largest in Flanders, VIVES provides higher education and applied research. The aim of our research is to ensure that our teaching remains of a high quality in terms of subject matter and is in line with current issues in professional practice. Through our research, we also want to contribute to innovations in professional practice and have a regional, provincial, regional and national impact on the knowledge infrastructure and economic and social development.


Aviation research

The main VIVES Aeronautics research domains are RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)/UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) – Drones and MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul). VIVES is a partner institute of ATAERA.



RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), also known as UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) or commonly called “Drones” are unmanned aircrafts which have a wide variety of applications. They are used for aerial photography and filming, mapping, inspection of windmills and industrial sites, SAR (Search and Rescue), flora and fauna monitoring, pipeline inspections, archeology, pollution detection … This new branch in aeronautics needs a multidisciplinary approach taking not only the technical part into account, but also many new topics for unmanned aviation such as operations, safety, human performance …

Due to its large network can VIVES provide a solution to most RPAS related challenges such as: tailor made courses, aircraft/component design and selection, technical consultancy, manuals…

VIVES is one of the founding member of BeUAS – the Belgian association for unmanned aviation.

Beside the design and prototype possibilities, VIVES also contributed in: technical committee for Belgian RPAS legislation, tailor made RPAS trainings, RPAS selection (Civil Defense) …

Unmanned Aircraft Systems courses

VIVES offers a dedicated Unmanned Aircraft Systems course of 60 ECTS credits with topics such as fundamentals of flight, design, manufacturing, maintenance, applications and business project.



MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) at VIVES is not only focussed on airline maintenance but also on general aviation, helicopter and piston engines. VIVES develops MRO improvements for small and large companies such as maintenance jigs, tow trucks and shop optimization. Also were cargo airplane and helicopter modifications designed and implemented. The specific MRO knowledge gives the possibily to provide solutions for:

technical feasability studies
design and manufacturing of tools/jigs
improvement of shops and workflows
investigation of legal aspects
dedicated technical courses
WBT/CBT specialization course development



Rob De Roo – UAS/RPAS/Drones… Human Factors – rob.deroo@vives.be
Wim Vanparys – MRO / Propulsion – wim.vanparys@vives.be
Marc Grauwet – Aernautical manufacturing- marc.grauwet@vives.be
Valérie Van Passel – MRO / Avionics & Electrics – valerie.vanpassel@vives.be
Ivan Becuwe – ATA systems / Helicopters / MRO / Head of training- ivan.becuwe@vives.be


Campussen Kortrijk-Roeselare-Tor​hout
Doorniksesteenweg 145, 8500 Kortrijk
+32 56 26 41 60

Campussen Brugge-Oostende
Xaverianenstraat 10, 8200 Brugge
+32 50 30 51 00

Campus Brugge Station
Studiegebied industriële wetenschappen en technologie
Spoorwegstraat 12, 8200 Brugge
+32 50 40 59 00