• Organization TypeInstitute
  • HeadquartersNetherlands
  • Founded1946

Nyenrode Business University

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. Their 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 their 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. Values Leadership: 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: Entrepreneurship encourages a pro-active and creative mindset, necessary to achieve defined objectives. Stewardship: 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. Mission: Nyenrode serves society by shaping students, managers and professionals. They 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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Staff at Nyenrode Business University have experience in


  • monitoring / evaluation
  • development
  • bankruptcy
  • private sector development
  • finance


  • goal global


  • netherlands
  • serbia and montenegro
  • worldwide
  • indonesia
  • curacao


  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • international experience

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Company Offices

  • Netherlands (headquarters)
  • Breukelen
  • Straatweg 25