Finally, BUs can celebrate the new campus and 55th anniversary in style | Bredatoday


BREDA – The new campus was completed in 2019. And the 55th anniversary was in 2021. But now, in 2022, BUs can finally celebrate in earnest. And the vocational college does that with a celebration week. It started today with, among other things, the unveiling of the new ‘landmark’ on the campus area.

BUas, known to many from Breda under the old name NHTV, is celebrating a big party this week. And that’s for two reasons. The first is the official opening of the university’s new campus. It was already completed in 2019, but an official opening in 2020 was not possible due to the corona virus. And that while the new campus is certainly reason to celebrate for BUs. Because with the campus at Mgr. Hopmansstraat, BUas became a university of applied sciences in one place instead of six.

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The new campus ensures that the students can meet each other, explains architect Bert van Breugel. “I have designed universities and high schools before. The striking thing about BUas is the great diversity of students. Both nationally and internationally, but also in relation to interests. Here tourism students are in suits and gaming students are sitting behind computers. They meet each other on this campus. We make connections.” To do this, among other things, Mgr Hopmansstraat was closed to traffic, and the buildings were connected to each other via a green environment. The parking was just moved to the edge of the campus.

What is unique about the campus is of course the use of the former convent of the Franciscan sisters. The sisters were therefore present on Wednesday morning as guests of honor at the celebration of the opening of the campus. “25 million euros were available for the development of this campus. And that is not a lot for a project of this size,” explains Van Breugel. “Fortunately, the sisters have maintained the monastery with great love. As a result, the quality was truly amazing, when we started working on it. We are very grateful that they have handed over the key to their beautiful monastery to us.”

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Not only the new campus is being celebrated at BUas this week. The 55th anniversary is the second reason for a celebration. Because in September 1966, the very first lecture was given by the Netherlands Scientific Institute for Tourism (NWIT). “It happened in café ‘t Zuid on the Grote Markt”, says BUa’s president Jorrit Snijder. “In the first few years, NWIT was located at Haagweg, Etnastraat, Karnemelkstraat and Sibeliuslaan, among others.” In 1987, NWIT and VAT (Traffic Academy Tilburg) continued together under the name NHTV: National University for Tourism and Traffic. The renovation of the monastery started in 2017, after which the new campus was ready in 2019. Since September 1, 2018, the vocational college bears the name Breda University of Applied Sciences.

When celebrating a 55th anniversary, the past is naturally remembered. But the future will certainly not be forgotten. Because BUas has huge ambitions, emphasizes Snijder. Among other things, increasing the proportion of international students from 20 to 30 percent. But above all to maintain and further develop the quality, creativity and innovativeness that BUas has.

As a tangible reminder of the 55th anniversary, a new ‘landmark’ was unveiled on campus, in part by Mayor Paul Depla. It’s still gray at the moment, but will automatically change to BU’s orange over time.

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BUa’s festival week lasts from 18 to 21 May. There will be a conference event for industry partners on 19 May. There will be a party for students on 19 May. On 20 May there is a day aimed at all alumni. And on 21 May, all BUas students’ residents and families were invited to a big neighborly and family day.

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