Stenden University South Africa Details

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Stenden University South Africa Details

Stenden South Africa is an Institution of Higher Education, located in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is a branch campus of Stenden University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. It was founded in 2002 and offers two specialised degree programmes: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Disaster Management and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Hospitality Management. Hospitality students may decide to add a year to their studies and obtain a double degree: The South African B.Com and The Dutch Bachelor of Business Administration.


Stenden South Africa was established in 2002 in what was up to then known as the Grand Hotel in Port Alfred. The hotel was adapted to fit the requirements of a university campus and at present all hotel rooms are occupied by students. The initial name under which Stenden South Africa operated was EISS: The Educational Institute for Service Studies. In 2008 CHN University and Drenthe University merged, forming Stenden University, therefore causing EISS to become Stenden South Africa. By South African law, only public universities are allowed to use the name ‘university’ which is why the additive ‘South Africa’ was chosen.


Stenden University of Applied Sciences is an international university which has locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden (head office), Groningen, Meppel, Assen, Emmen, and international sites in Doha (Qatar), Port Alfred (South Africa), Bangkok (Thailand) and Bali (Indonesia). With a unique “Grand Tour” concept students have the possibility to study at all Stenden’s locations abroad. Stenden has more than 800 employees and about 11,000 students, including 2500 international students from 65 different nationalities. It offers 13 “Lectorates” and knowledge networks, 3 Associate Degrees, 21 Bachelor’s programs and 6 Master’s programs within the fields of (Service) Management, Education, Welfare, Economics and Technology.


Stenden South Africa  is a campus site of Stenden University of Applied Sciences offering a Bachelors program in Hospitality Management and a Bachelors program in Disaster Management for locally based students, as well as different minor programs for “Grand Tour” students. It is registered with the Department of Education of South Africa  to offer the Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management and the Bachelor of Business Administration Disaster Management; the programmes are registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).


The director of Stenden South Africa is the Chairman of the Executive Board of Stenden University. In 2011, Mr. Leendert Klaassen was appointed in this role, taking over from Mr. Robert Veenstra who was the Chairman of Stenden University from 2004 onwards. The head of the institution is the Executive Dean, Dr. Wouter Hensens, who is responsible for the executive management of the institution. The Executive Dean reports to a Board of Governors composed of local stakeholders that advise the Executive Board of Stenden University. The Board of Governors is headed by Mr. Adrian Gardiner, owner and chairman of the Mantis collection of Hotels and founder of Shamwari Game Reserve. The School of Disaster Management that offers the BBA in Disaster (Relief) Management is headed up by Academic Dean Dr. Des Pyle and the School of Hotel Management that offers the BCom Hospitality Management by Dr. Juliet Chipumuro.


Facilities on campus include accommodation, a dining hall offering three meals per day, Library, Computer Lab, Coffee Bar, Student Lounge (“Rustica”), parking facilities, class-rooms, auditorium and Practical Kitchen. Most areas of the campus and student accommodations are equipped with Wi-Fi.

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Student Life

Stenden South Africa has a very active Student Representative Council (SRC), with portfolios that cover all aspects of student life: Academic Quality, Food, Entertainment, Sport, and Residencies. As part of the commitment to community development, Stenden South Africa encourages students to take part in Enactus (previously known as SIFE). There are several projects these students are involved in within the Ndlambe to uplift the community.

Learning Hotel

Stenden South Africa manages the MyPond Hotel in Port Alfred. Students of the Hotel Management School (B.Com. Hospitality Management) perform learning tasks in this hotel, ranging from operational duties to supervisory and managerial functions. In this way, students will learn all aspects of hotel management. This is all part of the “Real World Learning” concept that pervades the Bachelor programmes of Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The Stenden MyPond Hotel has been nominated for the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards in 2013 and 2014 and was the winner of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Accommodation Excellence Awards in the Hotel category in 2015. The Lily restaurant in the MyPond Hotel was elected the Best Restaurant in the Eastern Cape in December 2014.


  • Mantis Collection
  • THEPSA (Tourism Hospitality Education Providers South Africa)
  • Rotary
  • Enactus
  • Fancourt Golf Estate and Hotel
  • MS The World – Residencies at sea
  • Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa
  • Shamwari Townhouse
  • The Saxon
  • Spier Wine Estate
  • One & Only Resort
  • Radisson Blu
  • Mount Grace Country House and Spa