History of Stenden South Africa
“It was a great privilege to be associated with the founding of a Hospitality University in South Africa. The one experience that was both thought and life changing for me was my first visit to Stenden (then CHN) in the Netherlands. I was never a great scholar because for me I found the theory extremely difficult to follow, however as soon as I was able to see the practical side of the theory it was all so easy. At Stenden the emphasis on the practical side of learning meant everything to me. All the courses I saw had a practical side to them, how easy it would be for the students! If this was the model we were to bring to South Africa I desperately wish to be part of it. Throughout my business career in the Eastern Cape and all the new ventures my team and I have brought to the Province none have been easy, however all have succeeded. It is with pride that I was part of the original structure of Stenden South Africa and I praise my colleagues in the Netherlands for persevering with their endeavors, both financially and with effort and time to ensure that this Institution becomes one of the success stories of not only our Province but South Africa.” - Sifra Kooi, alumni of Stenden University, the Netherlands and past lecturer at Stenden South Africa
The start of Educational Institute for Service Studies (EISS)
The idea which led to the formation of the Educational Institute for Service Studies (EISS) was conceived by the Christelijke Hogeschool Nederland (CHN). The CHN University is based in the Netherlands and since its establishment in 1987 it developed an international focus. The vision was and still is to establish five to seven campuses around the world.