NHTV annual report 2016 - summary

NHTV 50 years

The entire academic year of 2016-2017 is dedicated to the fact that NHTV’s oldest legal predecessor, NWIT, was established 50 years ago. We celebrated this festive occasion in 2016 together with our national and international partner network and with our employees and their partners. In 2017, we will celebrate the anniversary with students, alumni and industry partners.

Strategic course

As a specialist university of applied sciences, NHTV has a clear identity and offers higher professional education, but also academic education in disciplines which are inadequately covered at academic level elsewhere in the Netherlands (tourism and leisure).

NHTV wants to be a valuable partner to the industry. That is why young professionals with the best qualifications are delivered, knowledge development is linked to current industry issues, and knowledge generated is fed back into education. Three NHTV-wide research themes were established.


Businesses and knowledge institutions in China and Brazil are distinct priorities in international collaboration. The regular activities such as recruiting international students, strengthening the partner network (more than 130 international partners), and internationalisation@home were continued.

NHTV aims for its international student population to be as diversified as possible, in order to maximise the potential of the international classroom. With 13.9% international students representing 61 different nationalities, the highest-ever percentage was achieved.


The educational portfolio comprises higher professional education and academic education in the form of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, one associate degree programme, and several executive education formats. NHTV’s educational portfolio did not see any changes in 2016.

Priority areas were established for the implementation of the educational vision in the period of 2015-2017: strengthening industry relations and personalising education. The digitisation of education is taken care of by the Expertise Centre for E-Learning & Learning Innovations.

In 2016 NHTV obtained a shared second place in the category of specialist universities of applied sciences in the Elsevier league table. In the Keuzegids 2017 rankings, NHTV came fourth in the category of medium- sized universities of applied sciences. All in all, a slight decrease compared to the previous year. Given the ambitions and desired positioning, in-depth analyses were conducted, which resulted in short-term and long-term remedial action plans for each academy.

Knowledge development

The research profile, research policy, and internal knowledge infrastructure were developed further, and the research vision was revised (redetermined at the beginning of 2017). The research profile is based on three themes: designing and managing experiences, making places and shaping destinations, and people and goods on the move. Long-range plans were or will be developed for each of these three themes. As a result, more cross-academy connections were made and joint projects were started in the year under review.

The year 2016 was the fourth year of existence of the Centre of Expertise in Tourism, Leisure, Hospitality (CELTH) and the year in which the added value of this collaborative venture between three universities of applied sciences (NHTV, Stenden and HZ) was confirmed by the partners, the market, and the ministry. Most of the targets set were achieved.

In the Centre of Expertise in Logistics, NHTV cooperates with Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences Venlo, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, HAN University of Applied Sciences, and sector organisations TLN (Transport and Logistics Netherlands) and EVO (Dutch interest group for logistics). 

In 2016, the knowledge centre of CRADLE for Digital Enhanced Reality was launched. With ten secondary sources of funding projects and a growing number of tertiary sources of funding projects, some of which financed with European money, CRADLE responds to a clear societal need. 

Social commitment

NHTV is directly involved in the Topsector Logistiek, by participation in the Human Capital Tafel, and works together with TKI Dinalog, the leading knowledge institute for national logistics which is located in Breda. The research activities in the fields of Digital Entertainment and Imagineering (business innovation) link up directly to the Topsector Creatieve Industrie. It was concluded that NHTV is well represented in relevant provincial, regional and local collaborative arrangements and participates discussions on strengthening and improving cooperation between government, business and education.


NHTV’s financial policy is consistently aimed at sound financial management, with as many as possible resources being directed to the primary process (teaching) and with a good balance between the existing organisation and investments for the future.

The budget for 2016 was based on a negative result because of the projected investments in educational quality, education-related research, and infrastructure, in response to the strategic agenda of the ministry of education. In the end, the budget deficit turned out to be higher than anticipated.

In 2016 too, the themes of sustainable employability and employee professionalisation played a major role in the HR activities. Additionally, the agenda was governed by issues such as flexible employment relationships, realisation of participation jobs (for those receiving benefits under the Work and Social Assistance Act), and continued improvement of the HR services.

The campus development in 2016 involved the final preparations for the construction work. The final design was completed and funding for the project was secured. The tender process for the renovation of the convent at Mgr. Hopmansstraat was completed too. The contract was awarded to Mertens Construction Company from Weert. The tender process for the other buildings on the campus grounds will be finalised in the first quarter of 2017, as will the tender process for the landscaping works. Staff, students and local residents are actively involved in the campus development process.

NHTV Key Figures 2016

Number of bachelor’s students7.614
Number of master’s students182
Total number of students7.796
Percentage of foreign students13,9%
Number of academies5
Number of professional bachelor’s programmes10
Number of academic bachelor’s programmes2
Number of professional master’s programmes4
Number of academic master’s programmes1
Number of associate degree programmes1
Dropout rate26,4%
Switch rate4,4%
Success rate68,6%
Number of publications343
Number of employees816
Number of FTEs652,3
Percentage of foreign employees15,4
Student / lecturer ratio24,7
Teaching staff with master’s degree or higher 81,7%
Rate of return-1,8%

Annual Report 2013

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