In a nutshell

NHTV’s roots date back to 1966, the year when the Dutch Scientific Institute for Tourism (NWIT) is founded in Breda. The core fields of activity of this institute are tourism, recreation, languages and economy. In 1987, NWIT merges with Traffic Academy Tilburg (VAT), founded in 1972, to become the Netherlands Institute of Tourism and Transport Studies (NHTV).

In the years that follow, the educational offerings are extended and NHTV becomes a specialised higher education institution. NHTV develops an increasingly international outlook, which ultimately leads to a new name in 2001: NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. In 2009, academic bachelor's degree programmes in tourism and leisure sciences have been developed.

In the academic year 2016-2017, NHTV Breda celebrated her 50th anniversary and as from 1 September 2018 NHTV Breda will continue under the name of Breda University of Applied Sciences. By now, the international higher education institute in the city of Breda has some 7,000 students from over 100 countries and almost 30,000 alumni.

And today…

A new name and strategy!

In the first year of the new strategy period (2018-2021) NHTV Breda will continue from 1 September 2018 under the name of Breda University of Applied Sciences. Besides a new name we have also developed a new logo and corporate identity, consistent with our positioning objectives. We will officially adopt our new name and new corporate identity as from 1 September 2018.

NHTV will have a new name as from September 2018: Breda University of Applied Sciences

2017: Start convent reconstruction

On our way to a new campus!

After years of thinking out and designing, in May 2017 we started with the reconstruction of the convent, which will be part of the new campus in due time. In September 2018 the Hotel, Facility and Tourism study programmes will start in the completely renovated convent. Only one year later, in September 2019, the new campus will be ready. By then, all study programmes are accommodated at one central location in the city of Breda. The Games, Media, Logistiek, Built Environment and Leisure study programmes will be accommodated in the other two, completely renovated, campus buildings.

Read more on campus developments at campus.nhtv.nl.

2016: NHTV Breda celebrates 50th anniversary!

Opening academic year in ‘Grote Kerk Breda’

During the academic year 2016-2017, NHTV Breda celebrated her 50th anniversary with various festivities, such as the NHTV Festival Week. Highlights were the ceremonial handing over of the convent’s key (the convent will be part of the new campus in due time), the Experience Tour organised for our industry partners and, last but not least, the alumni party! An anniversary book (pdf) was made specially for this occasion.

cover anniversary book NHTV 1966-2016

2014: First academic master to be launched

Start academic master Leisure Studies

In September 2014 the academic master’s programme in Leisure Studies was launched. This master’s programme is offered in cooperation with Tilburg University.

2012: ‘Academische hogeschool’

The next step: the first academic master

In September 2012, the academic pre-master’s track in Leisure Studies was launched too, for students with a ‘hbo’ degree (a degree from a university of applied sciences). This pre-master’s track was formerly delivered by Tilburg University. The start of this pre-master’s track is another step for NHTV into the direction of ‘Academische hogeschool’. A next step is being prepared; NHTV is planning to take over the academic master’s programme in Leisure Studies from Tilburg University.

2009: NHTV leads the way

Launch of academic bachelor’s programmes

In 2009, NHTV made an important addition to its educational offerings with the launch of two academic bachelor’s programmes: Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies and Bachelor of Science Tourism. NHTV was the first university of applied sciences in the Netherlands to offer both professional and academic bachelor’s programmes.

2006: Re-connect!

NHTV’s 40th anniversary is celebrated on 25 November 2006

NHTV’s 40th anniversary is celebrated on 25 November 2006 in the form of the ‘Re-connect!’ reunion. Some 3,000 former students as well as former and present employees take this opportunity to ‘get reconnected’.

2002: Flourishing

New bachelor's and master's programmes

In 2002, Facility Management and International Media and Entertainment Management are the newcomers. Next comes Profession-Oriented Tourism and Recreation in 2004, to succeed the former Two-Year Professional Management Programme. In September 2006, International Game Architecture and Design is launched as well as the master’s programmes in Imagineering and Tourism Destination Management. 

2001: International

National becomes international

As a consequence of the growing international position, the name of the institute is changed in September 2001 to NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. NHTV is no longer an abbreviation, but a brand name. Education in English becomes the rule rather than the exception.  

1990: Master

NHTV offers its first master's programme

The first step towards offering Master programmes is taken in 1990 with the Master in European Tourism Management. In 1994, the Leisure Management programme is added to NHTV’s set of study programmes, followed by Hotel Management and Logistics and Economics in 2001.  

1987: Merger

On 1 August 1987 NWIT and VAT merge

On 1 August 1987 NWIT and VAT merge into the Netherlands Institute of Tourism and Transport Studies (NHTV). It is not until 1994 that both partners physically come together in the same building at Mgr. Hopmansstraat 1 in Breda. The Two-Year Professional Management Programme in Tourism and Recreation is housed at the Sibeliuslaan location.  

1986: NWIT grows

NWIT’s educational offerings are extended

In 1986 the National Guide study programme is added to NHTV’s educational offerings. This study programme had been developed in consultation with the industry. In 1989 the Two-Year Professional Management Programme in Tourism and Recreation is added, which is discontinued at the end of 2005.  

1978: VAT parties

The Traffic Academy expands

The study programme in Urban and Rural Planning is added to the Traffic Academy, followed by the Logistics and Transport Management study programme in 1980.  

1977: Sibeliuslaan

NWIT relocates to a new building

In 1977 NWIT relocates to a new building. The former locations at Etnastraat, Haagweg and Karnemelkstraat are in sharp contrast with the premises at Sibeliuslaan in the ‘millionaires’ row’ of Breda.


1975: X, Y, Z

NWIT overhauls its curriculum.

In 1975 NWIT overhauls its curriculum. Out of Z (recreation & urban and rural planning), the recreation-economic (RE) and recreation-sociological (RS) specialisation areas are born. Y (incoming tourism) is split up into TEY (tourism-economic; incoming) and TSY (tourism-sociological; incoming). X (travel organisation) is transformed into TEX (tourism-economic; outbound) and TSX (tourism-sociological; outbound). Later on, X, Y-BOP, Y-MAN, Y-PRV and Z follow. Academies, study programmes and specialisation areas continue to change and develop. Discover it all on this website!

1972: VAT

Traffic Academy Tilburg (VAT) starts

Traffic Academy Tilburg (VAT) starts in 1972 with 90 students, 9 employees and 1 study programme: Traffic Management. The Traffic Management programme is innovative in that it interweaves technology, people and society. The curriculum is very modern, comprising many projects and practical elements.


1966: First class

NWIT starts its classes

On 6 September 1966 newspaper De Stem writes: ‘The Netherlands Scientific Institute for Tourism (NWIT) in Breda started its classes yesterday. On this special occasion, director Mr Dr. L. van Egeraat delivers a public lecture in Café ’t Zuid at Grote Markt in Breda about the theme of ‘Recreation in Noord-Brabant’. Three weeks after that first day of classes, student union Phileas Fogg is founded, which still exists today! The study programme sets out with 58 students and 12 employees and lasts two years and three months. In 1972 this duration is extended to three years, and yet another year is added in 1986.

Phileas Fogg

1963: Tourist Officer

NWIT, a school that trains students to become ‘Tourist Officers’

A school that trains students to become ‘Tourist Officers’. That is Mr Sliepen’s - director of the Breda Tourist Information Office - original idea in 1963. A national scientific institute is to be founded, consisting of a research department and a training centre. As this school is new of its kind, educational material is mainly obtained through its own research efforts.

 Opening NWIT