Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are joining forces. Are you interested in one of our courses? You are now able to find all of our courses on the new website www.nhlstenden.com.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Visit nhlstenden.com/en.

University of Applied Sciences

Green light for NHL Stenden University

Thursday 07 September 2017

Minister approves merger between NHL and Stende

NHL University of Applied Sciences and Stenden University of Applied Sciences are becoming one new university. Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has given the merger the green light. The recommendation of the Committee for Effective Higher Education (CDHO) was positive on every aspect. That means that from 1 September 2018 new students will be starting at the new university: NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The administrative/legal merger will take place on 1 January 2018.


Milestone reached 

Leendert Klaassen (President of the Stenden Executive Board) had this to say: “Following the agreement of the participation councils this decision is the news we have all been hoping and waiting for. Now we can finally pool the strengths of both universities for the benefit of our current and prospective students and the national and international regions in which we operate.”  


Jan van Iersel (NHL Executive Board): “The past few years of hard work have borne fruit. With this decision, we have reached a milestone. We would therefore like to offer our sincere thanks to our partners, participation councils, students and staff.” 


What does the new university stand for? 

The new university will pool the strengths of both institutions. Not only will the students benefit from this but so will the companies, authorities and institutions with which both universities of applied sciences cooperate. 

The new university is committed to ‘worldwise innovation’ and is characterised by a unique educational concept based on design thinking. Work will be carried out on practical issues, in co-creation with the professional field, society and approximately 25,000 students from more than 150 programmes.  


With branches at home and abroad NHL Stenden University will ensure regional anchoring with a clear-cut international profile. By pooling its strengths NHL Stenden University will be better placed to answer knowledge and innovation questions, and with specialist knowledge within the three focus areas: Vital Regions, Smart Sustainable Industries and Service Economy, the new university will be able to develop this role even further.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are merging. Would you like to start your studies in February? Then continue your application process on stenden.com/en

Would you like to start your studies in September 2018? Then continue your application process on the new website nhlstenden.com/en