The Hanzehogeschool Groningen is the oldest multi-sectoral further education college (hogeschool) of The Netherlands, 215 years old in 2013. With departments/establishments in Groningen, Assen, Leeuwarden and Amsterdam there are in total 26.000 students and 2700 staff members.

The Hanzehogeschool Groningen is developing, with over 30 lectorships and 6 knowledge centers, into a knowledge institute for applied investigations/research. This happens in close cooperation with the business community and non-profit organisations.

The education on offer at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen includes:

Over 70 Bachelor courses;

7 ‘associate degree’ programmes;

16 Master courses;

Dutch, German and English courses.

Every year about 1500 students from the business world use contract education at HanzeConnect, the business service provider of the college.

Our mission

Hanzehogeschool Groningen, University of Applied Sciences wants to be, from a European perspective, the most important partner of the businesses and organisations in the north of the Netherlands, in training professionals and developing practice based knowledge.This mission stems from an identity as a broad and diverse Hogeschool and company. The central values which go with this are: individual development, respect and active tolerance, adventurous, responsible. From these central values the Hanzehogeschool Groningen contributes to professional careers in the northern Netherlands knowledge society.This mission stems from the idea that North Netherland, in developing into a knowledge economy, needs an ambitious hogeschool. The region benefits from a hogeschool who can really give a quality impulse, from an international perspective, with enlarged vitality and attractiveness of the region as a result. That role the hogeschool wants to take on, for example by participating in Healthy Ageing and Energy as northern knowledge spearhead action.The Hanzehogeschool Groningen is different from other hogescholen because of its multi-colouredness and uniqueness of the schools, the strong emphasis on internationalisation and direct ties with the northern region.

Our vision

Students and staff are partners in a knowledge community and both contribute to the communal goal: supply excellent professionals for the community. The student and its individual development into competent professional labourers are pivotal. The cooperation with businesses and organisations in applying knowledge and innovations, and in the design of education, is indispensable.

City of Talent

Together with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the UMCG and the city council of Groningen, the Hanzehogeschool is leading a national campaign: City of Talent. This campaign shows that Groningen is leading in the areas of investigations, innovations and entrepreneurship.The motto of the campaign is: Here is space for talent. Space to learn. To work. To grow. To develop further. To get the best out of yourselves. Furthermore there is space to live, play sport and to enjoy. Groningen, City of Talent.