Breda University of Applied Sciences

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Breda University of Applied Sciences
Breda University of Applied Sciences Logo.svg
MottoDiscover your world
Typevocational university
ChairmanElisabeth Minnemann
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students7,771 [1]
NHTV campus as seen from the air.

Breda University of Applied Sciences is a vocational university in Breda, Netherlands. It was founded in 1966 with the merger of two educational institutions. Since, the university has increased in the number of staff, students and programmes offered. According to the annual report in 2017 there were 7,398 students from over 70 countries studying in the university in different types of programmes offered both in English and Dutch.


In 1966 vocational university Nederlands Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor Toerisme (NWIT) was founded in Breda. It offered bachelor programmes in tourism and leisure and in this field, it was and still is the largest and leading education institution in the world. In 1987 NWIT merged with the in 1972 founded Verkeersakademie Tilburg (VAT), to form Nationale hogeschool voor toerisme en verkeer (NHTV). In the years following this merger NHTV grew both in offered courses as well as in sheer student numbers. Increasingly, internationalization became the focus, this culminated in a name change in 2001; NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda. NHTV was no longer an abbreviation but rather used as its name. In 2008 Dutch hogeschool (hbo) was renamed to university of applied sciences in English.[2] Universities of Applied Sciences offer bachelor's degrees, master's degrees (but neither "of Arts" nor "of Science") and no doctorates. New (academic) bachelor and master programmes (for instance a master in Imagineering) have been developed since then, closely related to the disciplines.

By 2009 NHTV offered a Bachelor of Science Tourism and opted to change its name to NHTV internationaal hoger onderwijs Breda. As from 2018 the official name is Breda University of Applied Sciences.[3][4]


Breda University of Applied Sciences offers 18 full-time bachelor's degree programmes, two master programmes, and one part-time bachelor's degree programme. Breda University of Applied Sciences is currently offering nine English taught bachelor programmes and five English taught master programmes.[5] With a focus on the development of academic knowledge and the promotion of sound professional practice, the specialist disciplines of Breda University of Applied Sciences are:

  • Games
  • Media
  • Hotel
  • Facility
  • Logistics
  • Built Environment
  • Tourism
  • Leisure & Events

In the fields of tourism, leisure and hospitality, Breda University of Applied Sciences is the largest education institute in the world. According to the league table of Dutch universities of applied sciences of ‘Keuzegids HBO’, Breda University of Applied Sciences is one of the best universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands for many years.

Quality in an international setting[edit]

Breda University of Applied Sciences prepares for practical management-level positions in an international setting. Breda University of Applied Sciences works together with many education institutions all over the world. As a result, there are many opportunities for intensive student and lecturer exchanges. Due in part to the joint research programmes, student conferences and summer courses, the international character of the programmes is strengthened. Furthermore, Breda University of Applied Sciences encourages work placements abroad or at internationally oriented companies.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NHTV Annual Report 2014 - summary" (PDF). NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. NHTV. 01-09-2014. Retrieved 2017-09-18. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ (in Dutch) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ (in Dutch)
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  5. ^ "Master's Programmes and Executive Education". Retrieved 29 April 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°35′26″N 4°47′43″E / 51.590509°N 4.795288°E / 51.590509; 4.795288