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Stenden University of applied science - Netherlands
Description organisation:

Over 10.000 students are studying and more than 800 employees are currently working at Stenden university. The university has campus sites in the Netherlands; Leeuwarden, Emmen, Groningen, Meppel and Assen; a campus in Doha (Qatar), Bangkok (Thailand) Port Alfred (South Africa), and Berlin (Germany). (Note: Since the 1st of January 2007 the Christelijke Hogeschool Nederland and Hogeschool Drenthe are merged to Stenden hogeschool) Stenden university is a dynamic, top-quality university with campuses within and outside the Netherlands. That, in a nutshell, is the profile of the Stenden university. The university currently has approximately 10,000 students from 60 different countries and 800 staff members. The university offers specialised international associate, bachelor and master studies; and commercial services in the areas of service management (hospitality, leisure, small business & retail, office management and management & business studies), primary education (teacher’s education), and social management (social work and arts therapies). Under the heading 'Global Campus', Stenden university, which has campus sites in The Netherlands (Leeuwarden), South Africa (Port Alfred), Qatar (Doha),Thailand (Bangkok), and Berlin (Germany) is making an excellent progress in developing into a university with an international character. Stenden university provides innovative higher vocational education, relevant and valuable to students and society. Applied research and service, form an integral part of the educational concept. From the perspective of its communal educational vision, Stenden university creates a challenging working environment, where the learning student is the central focus. Members of staff and students learn from and with each other, accept responsibility and adopt a critical approach to each other's attitude, quality and performance. Stenden university creates a climate in which members of staff and students project enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. It has fully technical equipped buildings with computer work stations, beamers, small, medium and bigger sized classrooms which are perfect conditions for an excellent learning environment. Education processes at Stenden university exposes students, as much as possible, to their future professional work field. Gaining practical experience is an important element in the professional training. For this purpose the school offers unique practical training facilities. In addition, external guests and companies use these facilities, such as Stenden university Hotel, the Conference & Events Office and the Institute Service Management (ISM). Some of the learning companies are linked to a Stenden institute. This university itself also acts as a learning company, whereby students can obtain relevant work experience in all departments.
Address: Postbus 1298
Leeuwarden 8900 CG
Contact person: Drs. Albert Postma

At Stenden university we offer a total of 21 bachelor and 5 master studies. The university offers 3 associate degrees, 21 bachelor programmes and 4 master programmes in the fields of (Service) Management, Education, Care, Economics and Technique. Programmes in the field of leisure, tourism and hospitality are:

Under Graduate:

BBA Leisure Management
BBA Tourism Management
BBA International Hospitality Management


BBA Media and Entertainment Management
MA International Hospitality Management
MA International Leisure & Tourism Studies

Post Graduate:

MA International Events Management (in cooperation with London Metropolitan University)

Number of students: over 10,000
Main teaching language: Dutch
Other teaching language:


Students facilities and other practical information

The Educational concept of Stenden University is to train future managers with the help of well-educated tutors and innovative (PBL/CBL) systems. Using those will teach the prospective managers not only the theoretical but also the practical side of the business. All of the study programmes at Stenden university are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Our master programmes are also accredited by the London Metropolitan University. After completion of the master study at Stenden university, you will receive a dutch master degree as well as a British ‘Master of Arts’ degree. In 1987, Stenden University became the first educational institute in the Netherlands introducing Problem Based Learning (PBL). Central to this educational concept is that individual groups with a maximum amount of 12 students learn indepently by way of a problem – solving approach. This educational vision is based on six pillars, derived from the constructivist theory on education and learning: 1. Learning is an active process 2. Modular and thematic education 3. Problem Based Learning 4. Ethically based education Building on the PBL tradition, Stenden University strives to continue improving its education, in respect of subjects such as competence- based learning, innovation in ethically-oriented education, the introduction of distance learning and a digital learning environment


Term dates:

Beginning of September and beginning of February

Students's accomodation

Research interests

Key words:
  • Leisure & Tourism development and Quality of Human Life
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism Development in Small Island Communities (Albert Postma, MSc)
  • Tourism for Peace (dr. Omar Moufakkir)
  • Marine Wetland Studies (dr. Hans Revier)
Modification date: Wednesday, 26 January 2011

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