Although our university has been operating under its current name only since 2008, it has a long tradition and strong roots in the northern part of the Netherlands. Stenden University of Applied Sciences was created from the merger of CHN University Netherlands and Drenthe University, two premier institutions of higher education in the Northern Dutch provinces. As a university of applied sciences (the Dutch equivalent of the German and Austrian Fachhochschule), Stenden is committed to supporting you, as a student, in your future pathways and to providing you with the tools you need to immerse yourself in your future professional field from the very outset.
Over the years, Stenden has grown into an international institution attracting students from all over the world. The university currently has a student body of around 11,000 (25% of whom are from outside the Netherlands). It employs a staff of roughly 1,000 people (many of whom are also students) representing over 90 nationalities.
Stenden provides a broad spectrum of excellent educational and research services and all its branches maintain close ties with their local and regional communities and contribute significantly to the local economies. Nurtured and inspired by our international, entrepreneurial, and value-driven environment, our students and staff work on developing their personal leadership skills and creativity. We promote cultural and ethnic diversity, which we feel plays an important role at all levels of the education system.
We have defined our mission as “Unleashing the potential of each student” and our vision as “Serving to make a better world”.