Groep studenten voor TVA 1990-1999
Groep studenten voor TVA 1990-1999

Our history

Established in 1988

1 May 2023 will mark the 35th anniversary of the founding of Nijmegen School of Management. On that day the NSM will have played a significant role for our students, researchers and staff as well as for the world around us for 35 years. 

TvA van bovenaf

On 1 May 1988 the then new Faculty of Policy Science started. This faculty consisted of the following departments: Management and Policy; Environment, Nature and Landscape; Spatial Planning; Political Science, Social and Economic Geography; Social Geography of Developing Regions and Applied Economics. Still being created in 1988 were the Department of Administrative Information Science and the Department of Business Administration.

luchtfoto TvA

On 19 April 2001 the name of the faculty changed to Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen (FdM); the English equivalent is Nijmegen School of Management (NSM). In its current form the faculty houses a unique and strong combination of interdisciplinary research with an impact on teaching and the practical aspects of management. Our academic strength lies in the five study programmes: Business Administration; Public Administration; Economics and Business Economics; Political Science; Social Geography, Spatial Planning and Environment and Policy.


The following individuals have been dean of the faculty since it was established:

- 1988-1990                            E. Wever
- 1990-1993                            J. Buursink
- 1994                                      B. Prakken
- 1995-1999 / 2002-2011      J.M. Mastop
- 1999-2003                            B. Dankbaar
- 2011-2015                            R.E.C.M. van der Heijden
- 2016-2020                            P.H.J. Hendriks
- 2020-present                       T. Elfring

Modern, green campus

In 1949 Radboud University bought the Heyendael estate. In the course of time the university buildings at other locations in Nijmegen closed, and a modern, green campus was created that invited personal contact and collaboration. Up to 2018 Nijmegen School of Management was located on Thomas van Aquino Street in Nijmegen. In 2018 a new, modern, location was opened on Heyendaalseweg 141 in Nijmegen: Gymnasion Noord. Nijmegen School of Management is in the Elinor Ostrom building here.

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100 years of Radboud University

17 October 2023 will mark the centennial anniversary of Radboud University. Would you like to know more about this? Click here for more information.