Nyenrode Business University

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Nyenrode Business Universiteit, also spelled as Nijenrode, is a prestigious Dutch business school and only private university. Founded in 1946, it is located on a large estate in the town of Breukelen, between Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Nyenrode was founded in 1946 by top executives of Dutch multinational companies, such as Akzo, KLM, Philips, Shell and Unilever. The Nederlands Opleidings Instituut voor het Buitenland (NOIB) was soon named after the thirteenth century Castle of Nyenrode. In 1982 it was recognized as a university by the Dutch government (Universiteit Nyenrode). Nyenrode decided in 1992 to become independent of Dutch government subsidies, due to the fact that subsidised universities in the Netherlands were and are not allowed to have a selection process of students based on talent and ambition.

Today the university consists of two schools; the business school and the NIVRA-Nyenrode School of Accountancy and Controlling. An impressive castle is located at the north-east corner of the estate.
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