About Us

Stenden South Africa is a unique Higher Education Institution based in the seaside town of Port Alfred. Established in 2001, we pride ourselves with an impressive track record of top-quality higher education. Our pillars of Internationalisation, Problem Based Learning, and Research have positioned us at the top of our game with an impressive list of graduates who are making their way in the industry.

Stenden South Africa is an institution where we take pride in a student-centred approach of higher education through unique educational methods such as Problem Based Learning, Case Based Learning, and Real World Learning in our learning companies.

Stenden South Africa is an International Branch Campus of NHL Stenden in the Netherlands. NHL Stenden has a long and diverse history of academic performance. Its teacher training degree programme goes back over 100 years. However, Stenden is anything but an old-fashioned institution. As the turn of the century was approaching, Stenden (back then operating under the name CHN University) chose to launch a pioneering concept known as the ‘Grand Tour’. The Grand Tour is an old European custom whereby youngsters were encouraged to travel and see the World before settling themselves in a career. Stenden had the desire to re-invent this concept and incorporate it in the different degree courses it offers. By establishing international campus sites the vision to offer a true international education experience materialized.

Today Stenden offers higher education at campuses in the Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Africa. The main program offered at each campus site is hospitality management and this program is currently offered in Port Alfred as well.

Stenden South Africa is registered with the Department of Education of South Africa as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1977, and according to registration Certificate No. 2002/HE10/001,  offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Disaster Relief Management.

Our Vision

Stenden South Africa is best in its class as a Higher education institution, serving to make a better world.

Our Mission

Stenden South Africa educates learners in a value driven manner to become exemplary leaders of industry, unleashing potential in its students, staff, and surrounding communities.

Our Values

Stenden South Africa provides education and leadership in a community in which people with different backgrounds feel at home and are encouraged to contribute to and bear responsibility for the World in general and mankind in particular.