Wittenborg University

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Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences
Type Private, Business school
Established 1987
Administrative staff
around 70 lecturers and 40 support staff
Students approximately 700
Undergraduates Bachelor of Business Administration in 10 different pathways
Postgraduates Master in Science programmes in Hospitality Management, Tourism & International Event Management &Sports Business, MBA in 7 pathways
Location Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Campus Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Vienna (Austria)
Colors Blue, White
Website http://www.wittenborg.eu

Wittenborg University is an international University of Applied Sciences.[1]


The University is situated in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and was originally known in Dutch as Hogeschool Wittenborg. It officially changed its name to Wittenborg University in February 2013.[2] Wittenborg positions itself as an international management and Business School, offering all its programmes in English.

Wittenborg University was appointed (in Dutch 'aangewezen') by the Netherlands government in 1996, which means that the school falls under the regulations and laws of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands), including the Ministry Inspectorate. Under Dutch Law, it is now known as an Entity for Higher Education and its Dutch accredited Bachelor IBA programmes are registered in the Central Register (CROHO) of higher Education in the Netherlands. The IBA Bachelor programmes are accredited by the Netherlands and Flemish Accreditation Agency (NVAO) and.[3] The IBA Bachelor programmes are also accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) [4]


Wittenborg College was founded in 1987, in the Dutch hanseatic city of Deventer, by local businessman H. Nijkamp and the school became known for its (Dutch language) programmes in Banking and Insurance and Real Estate management, providing these industries in the Netherlands with hundreds of college graduates. Its main source of students in the late eighties and early nineties was military personnel leaving the armed forces due to the abolition of national service in the Netherlands.

In 2002 Wittenborg partnered with BTC,[5] an international family consultancy specialised in corporate training programmes, and founded the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences which began developing its international, English language business programmes, gaining state accreditation from the European-recognised NVAO in 2006.

Since 2006 Wittenborg has developed as a business school focused on entrepreneurship and SME management within an international context. Since then, the school has attracted students from around the world to study in the Netherlands emerging as an international management institute, focusing on business, hospitality and communication within a global context. All programmes are offered in English to international students from more than 50 countries.[6]

New location[edit]

In 2010 Wittenborg moved from Deventer to the city of Apeldoorn[7], less than 15 kilometers to the east. This move was made possible by the City Government of Apeldoorn, as part of its ambition to attract more higher education institutions to the city.[8][9]


In June 2011 Wittenborg Business School and NTI University announced plans to begin offering an English language variant of NTI’s Action Learning Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme to international students.[10]

In 2011 Wittenborg announced plans to offer three M.Sc programmes in partnership with the University of Brighton (UK). The programmes in International Hospitality Management, International Tourism and International Event Management were launched in Apeldoorn from September 2012.[11]


bachelor's in International Business Administration programmes specialised in:

  • Economics & Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Financial Services Management
  • Information Management
  • Real Estate Management
  • Logistics & International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship & SME Management

Master Programmes

  • International Hospitality Management (M.Sc)
  • International Event Management (M.Sc)
  • International Tourism Management (M.Sc)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Wittenborg University Press[edit]

In 2013, Wittenborg University launched its publishing arm, Wittenborg University Press, which aims to produce publications of interest and relevance to its students, alumni, and a wider audience. Publications include: "Sustainable Value Creation", 2013, by Teun Wolters. ISBN 978-9081699693 "Whisky Burn - distilleries of Scotland by Vespa" 2015, by Ben Birdsall. ISBN 978-94-6228-597-2 .

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Coordinates: 52°12′32″N 5°58′03″E / 52.208837°N 5.967427°E / 52.208837; 5.967427