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NHL Stenden University of applied science - Netherlands
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NHL Stenden University of applied sciences was established in 2018 as the result of a merger between Stenden (until 2008 known as CHN North Netherlands) and NHL. The university retains the rich history and experience of both institutions, dating back to the year 1845. This results in an internationally orientated institution, with strong ties to local communities and businesses. The multi-campus university of applied sciences is firmly rooted in the northern part of the Netherlands where we are based, while at the same time maintaining a strong international focus. At all our Dutch and international branch campuses in Qatar, Bali, Thailand and South-Africa, we are always looking for new ways to successfully integrate education, research and the latest developments in the professional world. Our students, lecturers and researchers work together in small teams on real-life assignments and share their innovative ideas in practice. Our courses incorporate all the latest trends and developments in the relevant sectors and industries, both at a national as well as an international level. The future calls for enterprising and resourceful professionals who know how to translate their knowledge into innovative solutions and who have the vision and courage needed to look beyond their own professional field. ‘Real World Learning’ is the university’s educational philosophy based on an integration of problem-based and design-based education and research. Sustainability plays an important part in everything our university of applied sciences does. The university counts over 20.000 students studying in over 100 different educational programmes at three levels (Associate degree, Bachelor and Master) and in different modes (parttime, fulltime and dual), provided by 14 academies. According to national rankings the university belongs to the top 3 in the Netherlands. For more information please turn to
Address: Postbus 1298
Leeuwarden 8900 CG
Contact person: Drs. Albert Postma

Education in the domain of leisure and tourism is provided by the Academy Leisure & Tourism. The academy is accredited by THE-ICE (International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) and has an AISHE accreditation with four stars (quality mark of integration of sustainability in higher education). The main language of teaching in the Academy is English. The Academy of Leisure & Tourism accommodates the following courses:

Under Graduate:

Associate Degree Leisure and Events Management


Bachelor Degree Leisure and Events Management
Bachelor Degree Tourism Management

Post Graduate:

Master International Leisure, Tourism and Events Management (MILTEM)

Number of students:
Main teaching language: English
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Students facilities and other practical information

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Term dates:

Beginning of September and beginning of February

Students's accomodation

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Research interests

Research and education are intertwined at NHL Stenden. Our university of applied sciences has 44 professorships of applied sciences. These are divided among our three focus areas: Vital Regions, Smart Sustainable Industries, and Service Economy. Together with local and international partners, we build and expand our expertise by employing practice-based research. The research at the academy of leisure & tourism is focused on strategic foresight and scenario planning. Academic research in this domain is conducted by the professorship and research group scenario planning. Applied research is hosted by the European Tourism Futures Institute. Information about academic and applied research can be found at The main focus of research focuses is on strategic foresight and scenario planning, tourism policy and planning, and destination management. Related research areas are overtourism, big data analysis and data labs, relationship between humans and nature/wildlife, sustainable tourism, event management, bird watching, value creation, cultural heritage, (colour and) place making. The academy has its own academic journal The Journal of Tourism Futures ( The journal is open access. Articles can be found and downloaded at

Key words:
  • strategic foresight
  • scenario planning
  • tourism policy and planning
  • destination management
  • overtourism
  • relationship humans and nature / wildlife
  • big data analysis / data lab
  • sustainable tourism
  • place making
Modification date: Thursday, 14 January 2021

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