NHTV Breda is an international higher education institution with about 7,500 students from over 50 countries. It is situated in the south of the Netherlands, in the city of Breda, only 100 km from both Amsterdam and Brussels. Breda is a historical city with some180,000 inhabitants. Approximately 20,000 young people are studying in Breda. NHTV was founded in 1966 as an institute offering management programmes in tourism and leisure and in this field, it is the largest and leading education institution in the world. Today NHTV offers professional and academic bachelor’s and master’s programmes in the disciplines of:
- Games & Media
- Built Environment
- Tourism & Leisure
Nearly all NHTV’s study programmes rank first in their categories in the national rankings and some bachelors are even qualified as top rated programme. International accreditations from, for instance, the UN World Tourism Organization, the World Leisure Organization and the International Facility Management Association, underline the quality of education. All study programmes cover some focus areas which are unique to NHTV. These focus areas are cross-cultural understanding, social responsibility, imagineering and entrepreneurship.
NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences is the best large university of applied sciences of the Netherlands, according to Keuzegids HBO 2015 (in Dutch). With a score of 70.5, NHTV Breda has earned first place in the category of large universities of applied sciences.
From the outset, NHTV has always had a strong international outlook. Most of the bachelor’s programmes and all master’s programmes are taught in English. Almost 50% of all students are attending these English-taught programmes, the institute has an international teaching staff, and nearly 13% of the total student population are from abroad.
NHTV set up the ‘international classroom’, a teaching method in which students from different cultures work together. Students are encouraged to do work placements abroad or at companies with a strong international focus. International business, cooperation and co-creation are key elements in NHTV’s curriculum, both from a social and cultural perspective and from an economic point of view.