Our Organisation

Our Organisation

Welcome at HTH

Enter the doors of Hotelschool The Hague, and you enter one of the world’s most special universities.

We are proud of the fact that Hotelschool The Hague is one of the last independent single sector Universities of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, the Hotelschool has become an international school specialised in hospitality management offering a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme. 

Since the foundation more than 85 years ago the hotel school has become bigger, more internationally oriented and has professionalised immensely. But the original fundamentals stayed the same, like the dedicated focus on hospitality and the strong connection with the industry. Also the “core business” of the hotel school stayed the same; a centre where hospitality knowledge and skills are bundled, developed, researched, shared and transferred as realistic as possible in order to prepare young hospitality leadership talents for a successful career in the business. Hotelschool The Hague, at the heart of Hospitality.

There is more to Hotelschool The Hague than meets the eye. You are welcome in our Hotels & Restaurants in The Hague and Amsterdam to experience our passion for hospitality.

We are also home to one of the leading hospitality Research Centres where we conduct research into innovations in the hospitality industry. Our Hospitality Consultancy division advises and trains hospitality business professionals, either in company or at our annual summer schools. The results from both divisions are quickly assimilated in our educational programmes so that our students learn from state of the art hospitality business cases; a continual programme of curriculum improvement.



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In 2006 the General Assembly of the HBO Council created a governance code. Hotelschool The Hague has adopted this code. The code consists of, among others, rules for good governance. It also has a code of provisions and rules for the supervision and involvement of stakeholders in education and research.

The statutes of the Stichting Hotelschool The Hague lay down the basic rules and provisions of the foundation. It describes the goals and the statutes of the school and the responsibilities and tasks of the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees.

Strategic vision
Hotelschool The Hague will strengthen its ties with its hospitality students, employees, alumni and the industry. In the Strategic Vision 2012-2018 Hotelschool The Hague will focus on these core issues:

  • intensification of education
  • a stronger relationship with the industry
  • internationalisation

Code of Conduct for International Students
Hotelschool The Hague wants to offer quality and clarity to international students.
That is why Hotelschool The Hague has signed the Code of Conduct, together with Rules & Regulations for International Students (for more information, please visit: www.internationalstudy.nl

Annual Report
There is a Dutch version available on request.

Our Values

Following a year of researching and consulting with our current students, faculty and management we recently introduced Hotelschool The Hague's new Values. It is a values-based ethical code, created by us for us. This means our values will be heart-felt not just head-stored, accentuating our identity and culture, our mission and vision, and not the least, our passion for the industry which needs leaders not only of high competence but also of excellent character. Our Values appeal to the individual's personal responsibility and moral competency, calling for all those in our community to make sound moral decisions based on values we can all identify with.

To support the Values we have created a Manifesto for our students, faculty and management providing us all with a north star for our actions and behaviours. 
Our values are represented by the letters in HOSPITALITY:

H - We are Honest
O- We are Open
S - We are Sustainable
P - We are Professional
I - We are Integrity-Driven
T - We are Transparent 
A - We are Ambassadors
L - We are Loyal
I - We are International
T - We are Trustworthy
Y - We are Yes-Minded

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are appointed for an indefinite period. The Board of Trustees of Hotelschool The Hague attaches great importance to the continuity of management and for this reason has not adopted the provision in the Branchecode Governance (sector code of governance) that states that members are, in principle, appointed for a period of four years. The members of the Board of Directors are employed under permanent employment contracts.

The members of the Board of Directors are: Max Merkx (President) and Regine von Stieglitz (Director of Operations).

Max Merkx, President Board of Directors

Welcome to Hotelschool The Hague. Established in 1929, and ranked amongst the Top 5 Hotelschools worldwide, today we are home to more than 2400 ambitious hospitality students from all over the world who have come to The Netherlands to study Hospitality Management at one of our two campuses in either The Hague or Amsterdam."

In September 2017, Max Merkx started as interim President of the Board at Hotelschool The Hague. Max has a broad experience as a consultant and manager in higher education. He worked for more than 13 years as managing director at Berenschot Consulting and since 2001 as an independent consultant/manager at for example the TU Delft, VU-Amsterdam, Hogeschool Inholland and recently at Avans Hogeschool and Fontys Hogescholen. He was President of the Board of Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam for two and a half years. Max is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Spring festival in Utrecht and Het Cultuurgebouw Haarlemmermeer.

Max Merkx graduated in Urban Planning at the Nijmegen University and holds a master in Business Administration of the Rotterdam School of Management. He was founder of the Spiegeltent Festival (precursor of the Parade Festival).

Mr Merkx can be reached by his Management Assistant, Ms. K.J. (Karin) Hofman from Monday to Friday on +31 70 351 24 81 or via email, K.Hofman@hotelschool.nl

Regine von Stieglitz, Director of Operations

In August 2016, Regine von Stieglitz was appointed Director of Operations, member Board of Directors, at Hotelschool The Hague. Since April 2017 she is also appointed as Dean a.i. She is an experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry.

Before joining Hotelschool The Hague, Regine was Board Member of IMMovator Cross Media Network for five years. She served at Hogeschool Inholland as Dean of Faculty Creative Business and Director of the locations The Hague, Rotterdam and Haarlem. Before working at Universities of Applied Sciences, she held several international, board and management functions at KPN for more than ten years and was member of the supervisory board of KPN Belgium and Breednet.

Regine von Stieglitz graduated in ICT and Management at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and followed a Top Management Training at IMD Business School.

Mrs Von Stieglitz can be reached by her Management Assistant, Ms. K.J. (Karin) Hofman from Monday to Friday on +31 70 351 24 81 or via email, K.Hofman@hotelschool.nl

Board of Trustees

Our Faculty


Representative Advisory Council (RAC)
Every institute for higher education in The Netherlands has one or more co-determination councils. This is dictated by the Dutch Law for Higher Education and Research (WHW). Co-determination plays an important role in the decision-making process of Hotelschool The Hague. The Representative Advisory Council (RAC) is the co-determination council of Hotelschool The Hague. The RAC consists of an equal number of student and employee representatives, who were elected democratically. The RAC directly affect the general policies, working conditions, facilities for students, the structure of the organisation and the quality of education. Participation creates a bridge between employees and students and the Board of Directors.

Education Committee
Hotelschool The Hague also has an Education Committee. The committee monitors the quality of the curriculum and education for both the Bachelor and Master programme within the school. The Education Committee consists of an equal number of student and faculty representatives. The main tasks and responsibilities of the committee are the right of consent regarding the Education and Examination Regulation (EER), assessing the way in which the EER is executed, issuing solicited or unsolicited advice to the Board of Directors regarding all other matters relating to the education provided in the Hotelschool The Hague Bachelor and Master programme.

Exam Committee
The Exam Committee is the body established for the purpose of determining both objectively and professionally whether a student satisfies the requirements set by the EER with reference to the knowledge, understanding and skills required to earn a degree. Besides other statutory duties and authorities of the Exam Committee are: Monitoring and safeguarding the quality of assessments and exams; establishing rules and guidelines within the framework of the EER to assess and determine the results of assessments and exams, granting exemption for one or more examinations and/or a shortened study programme; the right to sanction a student who has committed fraud; appointing examiners.


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