Formed by the merger of two educational institutions, the Hogeschool Enschede and Hogeschool Ijselland in 1998, Saxion University of Applied Sciences is a public funded university and recognized as an important centre of expertise at regional up to international level. It is one of the largest institution of higher education in Netherlands with 27,000 of student population.
"With four campuses across the East of Netherlands (Deventer, Esnchede, Apeldoorn and Hengelo), the university offer a wide-range of bachelor, master, preparatory and also international programmes which started running in the 1990s. Other than the fact that all programmes are accredited by international bodies, students are assured to receive high-quality education as all programs are in line with the quality assurance mechanism and is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science. Moreover, the university maintains close contact with the market to make sure that the programmes are always relevant to the developments within the professional fields. The Saxion University of Applied Sciences has an international approach which can be seen from its diverse student body and the fact that they have a number of English-taught programs. Approximately 14% of the students come from outside the Netherlands such as Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Sudan, Taiwan, and many other countries. This allows students to have multi-cultural learning experience and prepares them for an international career. As a student-focused education institution, they offer support in terms of both academics and personal development, especially for international students. The university has established Friends of Saxion International Students, a network of host families to help international students in getting settled. There is also a buddy programme where current students provide guidance and help international students in their initial period of studying at the university."