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Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Country: The Netherlands

City: Breukelen


Type of school: Private Universities


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Nyenrode Business Universiteit, founded in 1946, is the only private university in the Netherlands. It builds on the motto ‘for business, by business’.

Situated on a 13th century estate, Nyenrode has a unique atmosphere to work and study.
Nyenrode is the only private university in the Netherlands. In 1946, captains of industry from leading Dutch corporations as KLM, Shell, Unilever, Philips and Akzo, took the initiative to start an institute where an action-inclined, internationally focused generation of new business leaders would be educated. Main goal was to rebuild the economic position of the Netherlands and Dutch enterprises after WWII.

The Nijenrode estate is dominated by the thirteenth-century castle estate. Situated in a park-like estate and surrounded by a moat, the castle is a true eye-catcher. The Nijenrode estate is known for its beautiful landscape architecture. Since 2001, the estate has enjoyed the protection provided by the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act.


Mission, Vision & Values


Our reason to be

Nyenrode Business Universiteit, founded in 1946, is the only privately held university in the Netherlands. Nyenrode was founded by leading Dutch firms shortly after World War II, with the purpose of delivering action-oriented leaders, to rebuild the Netherlands and to be prepared for doing business abroad.

“For business by business” has always been one of Nyenrode’s defining factors. Practical relevance is at the forefront of all our activities. Nyenrode’s educational purpose reaches beyond the transfer and creation of knowledge, by also emphasizing the need to build ones character and focus on attitude and personal skills. This view is expressed in Nyenrode’s values Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Stewardship.


Our values


Leadership enables people to recognize and act upon opportunities in order to make meaningful contributions and make a difference during the moments of truth.


Entrepreneurship encourages a pro-active and creative mindset, necessary to achieve defined objectives.


Stewardship holds an essential role in the trinity by balancing Leadership and Entrepreneurship to ensure people take responsibility, not only for all stakeholders involved but also to take into account the need of future generations.



Nyenrode serves society by shaping students, managers and professionals. We develop responsible leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations through action-oriented education and research.


Nyenrode’s vision for 2020

Nyenrode aims to be a university that is a preferred partner of internationally focused students and organizations, a top-20 European education and research community and a member of a global network of top business and finance schools.


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Our Education


Nyenrode Business Universiteit has created an environment in which ambitious and talented students and bright academics are all dedicated to bridging the gap between academic rigor and daily business knowledge. We do this by being highly selective and by focusing on candidates' motivation and social skills. Nyenrode covers the spectrum from action focused learning through to work-integrated education and to education-integrated work. Below you can read more about our believes.


We offer programs at different levels.


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Nyenrode Community


The Nyenrode Community consists of our students, our alumni, our corporate connections, our faculty and our staff. With an international network unique in its kind, the Nyenrode Community knows how to find each other for business, and for leisure.

Our students are united in the NCV and the VAS, our alumni are united in the VCV.


NCV, Nieuwe Compagnie van Verre, was founded in 1947, four months after the foundation of het Nederlands Opleidings Instituut voor het Buitenland, het N.O.I.B. The N.O.I.B. was tailored towards preparing young and talented Dutch men for a career abroad, with the ultimate goal of furthering the economy of the Netherlands. The foundation of the NCV, in 1947, was in collaboration with its honorably member and patron HRH Prins Bernhard von Lippe-Biesterfeld. Since the founding a lot has changed at Nyenrode. Women were first allowed on campus in 1972, and the study program changed from BBA, to IDP, to MSc. Currently, studying at Nyenrode consists of three main pillars, which include study, student life and the NCV. Despite the changes in the past, the third pillar remained constant; the NCV has always remained strong, and remains to this date the important and valuable extension of both the Nyenrode study and campus life. The NCV is very important to Nyenrode, as it forms the foundation of the link between the students and the university. These students are educated to become important players in the business world, and are key to spread the word on the quality of Nyenrode’s education and its contribution to their career.

The official student association for the accountancy programs is called the VAS, which stands for Vereniging van Accountancy Studenten. Since 1971, the VAS concerns itself with the interests of accountancy students in general and the students of the Nyenrode accountancy programs in particular. The VAS offers support to students in a range of different areas. As a representative of student interests, the VAS has a seat in several consultative committees and task groups of Nyenrode’s accountancy programs. Also, the VAS has its own complaints coordinator. The coordinator forwards the complaints which he receives to the persons concerned and he sees to it that action is taken. The VAS offers its members the opportunity to order course books quickly and easily. Furthermore, members of the VAS receive the magazine ‘Achter the Komma’ (behind the comma) for free. The magazine contains information about the program, background stories on Nyenrode and on student life. Moreover, the VAS organizes all sorts of activities to strengthen the bond amongst students and between students and the university. These activities include the introduction program for new students, the annual student party, the so called Batavierenrace (a relay race over 175 km from Nijmegen to Enschede) and a sailing weekend.


Nyenrode Alumni VCV was founded in 1957 as a logical continuance of the NCV. The alumni felt the need to treasure the close bond they had built during their studies. They wanted to keep the feeling the unique experience of studying and living together at the estate alive. The VCV distinguishes itself from other alumni associations in many ways: it is the largest and strongest association, which is independent from the university and has its own regulations and finances. The VCV is founded to offer activities both in the professional as in the social field, and not just to network or to attract funding for the universities, as is the case in most other alumni associations. Herman Bruggink, former president of Nyenrode, and honorary member of the VCV: “the alumni association is key to Nyenrode’s very existence. Nyenrode will only exist if its network thinks it should exist.”


International Partnerships


Our International Focus

Nyenrode Business Universiteit, the only private university in the Netherlands, was founded in 1946. It builds on the motto: “For business by business”. From the very beginning, practical relevance has been at the forefront of all our activities. The predecessors of our founding companies such as Air France-KLM, AkzoNobel, Philips and Heineken firmly believed that the combination of academic rigor and practical relevance were crucial in educating an internationally focused generation of new business leaders.


Internationalization Strategy

Our internationalization strategy is directly derived from our mission: shaping responsible leaders. It means that we prepare our students for responding to challenges in the global business environment Nyenrode teaches its students to be responsible citizens in every aspect of their personal life and professional work. Our internationalization strategy is based on three objectives:

  1. To create high-quality course material with international dimensions (literature, business cases, assignments) and international research papers.
  2. To attract international students, alumni, faculty, corporate clients, corporate and research networks.
  3. To increase the mobility of students and enhance their international experiences by:

a. delivering international modules and programs (on and off shore), and
b. offering international student exchange programs and internship opportunities to global talents.


In close cooperation with our global institutional partners, international faculty, staff, alumni and corporate networks, we are able to offer our students a unique and high-quality educational experience that prepares them for every challenge they face in the international business environment.

Terms of Application


Nyenrode Terms

These terms set the rules for the relation between Universiteit Nyenrode B.V., hereafter called “Nyenrode Business Universiteit” or “Nyenrode Business University”, and the student/participant, hereafter called “the student” who has agreed to these rules by subscribing him- or herself at Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

The student accepts and agrees with the following statutes, rules and regulations, terms and documents, having examined them carefully, realizing their meaning and impact:

a. General Statute of Nyenrode Business Universiteit;
b. General Terms and Conditions of Education at Nyenrode 2016-2017 (Algemene Voorwaarden Onderwijs Nyenrode 2016-2017) [English version / Dutch version]
c. The Rules and Regulations for the Program (or the Module of the Program) of the students choice;
d. The Academic integrity of all delivered academic output during the Program and the use of anti-plagiarism software at Nyenrode Business Universiteit;
e. The “Huis- en Gedragsregels” of Nyenrode Business Universiteit (including the “Huisreglement” and the “Verkeersreglement”); and
f. The Code of Conduct Students, Code of Conduct Employees [Engllish] [Dutch]
All documents “as are”, therefore in their actual and future status, as to be found on the Nyenrode website and/or made available at the offices of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.


As for students’ personal data: these are stored by Nyenrode and will not be offered to third parties, unless required to be disclosed by law. The student allows Nyenrode to use his/her personal data for educational purposes (accreditations, rankings, the formation of working groups and such, and also for diplomas and related documents). Nyenrode follows the rules of the current Dutch laws when submitting data to third parties and monitors whether the receiving parties do this as well.


In case of contradiction between the text in English and that in Dutch, the latter prevails. Should any above mentioned rule and/or regulation not be available in English, the Dutch version is applicable and will be translated on request. In case of any dispute arising, the dispute between Universiteit Nyenrode B.V. and the student is:
a. governed by the law of the Netherlands; and
b. settled by the District Court Midden Nederland.


Hardship Clause

In any circumstances where the Decision making Authority has the conviction that it would not be suitable to execute a decision or a proposed decision concerning a student, the Decision making Authority has the power, but can in no way be obliged, to decide otherwise. The Decision making Authority may apply additional conditions as long as they are in the spirit of the original decision or proposed decision whilst avoiding creating precedents.


Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Straatweg 25, 3621 BG Breukelen
P.O. Box 130, 3620 AC Breukelen
Telephone +31 (0)346 291 211

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