Education concept

Educational concept

Our educational concept combines an inter-disciplinary approach, with real-world assignments to solve. Practical application of innovative solutions is at the core of this method.

Design Based Education
With Design Based Education (DBE), ideas are turned into practical solutions, often in an international context. You will work in small inter-disciplinary groups on assignments from actual clients. This is the best way to prepare for your future field. DBE places a strong emphasis on the personal development of our students, with them being responsible for their own learning path. Our new educational concept will be used in 32 of our study programmes, starting from September 2018 onwards. It will also be implemented in all of our study programmes in the years to come.

To get a feeling of what working with DBE (based on Design Thinking) is like, take a look at this explanation:


Not all of our study programmes have yet made the transition to Design Based Education. You may also encounter one of the following educational concepts.

Problem-based Learning (PBL)

You will tackle the course material by focusing on practical issues, which you and a small group of your fellow students will analyse, resolve, and discuss afterwards. You set out to find solutions to the problem at hand and collaborate with your classmates to achieve the best results. Throughout this process, you will be supervised by the course tutor, who will intervene if necessary. In your team meetings, you will sometimes be charged with taking the minutes, while at other times you may be required to chair, keep track of the time or write down key information on the whiteboard. This enables you to get experience in a variety of practical roles. The number of hours in class varies from 12 to 14 hours a week.

In a nutshell: problem-based learning enables you to acquire a thorough understanding of the theory as well as providing you with practical skills that will prove invaluable during your career.

Competency-Based Education

Close relationships with the professional market offer NHL-students opportunities to gain useful and applicable experience. You bear the primary responsibility for your own learning process, guided and supervised by lecturers. Lecturers do not fill the traditional role of the teacher, but instead, tutor the students, help them in the processes they go through and monitor their progress.

Much learning is done through working on projects, which serves to show the student how the different fields of knowledge, competencies, and skills integrate into real-life work situations. This way, students gain a good grasp of the professional qualities they are expected to have once they graduate.