The programme International Lifestyle Studies, Trend Research & Concept Creation in Lifestyle is unique. This has recently been confirmed by De Vereniging Hogescholen, the association that represents the interests of all 37 funded colleges of higher education in the Netherlands. The profile of ILS is included in the profile database. According to the association ‘Trend Research & Concept Creation in Lifestyle ‘is a unique programme that is offered by only one university of applied sciences’. The colleges that are affiliated to De Vereniging Hogescholen have a total of about 450,000 students and about 55,000 employees.