Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1987 by Dutch entrepreneur Williem H Nijkamp. The school quickly grew into an expertise centre for Banking and Insurance and Real Estate Management, providing these industries in the Netherlands with hundreds of graduates. (See 25 Years of Higher Education)
In 2002 Wittenborg University partnered with BTC, an international consultancy specialised in corporate training programmes (part of Birdsalls Limited). The business school started developing its international English taught business programmes, gaining state accreditation for its International Business Administration programmes from the world-wide recognised Netherlands and Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) in 2006.