MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship

The MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship (CHC) is a joint program of Netherlands Business Academy, City Campus Dordrecht and Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University in collaboration with Felix Meritis Connecting Cultures and Academia Rerum Civilium. This MBA program is designed for initiatives, project organizations, companies (NGOs), governments and semi-governmental organizations that are looking for positioning and repositioning of their role in the “participation society”.

European Orientation

The European Commission has given this program international recognition by awarding an Erasmus + subsidy to the Netherlands Business Academy. An interdisciplinary and joint European MBA CHC Curriculum is being worked on in collaboration with seven European institutions in the field of culture and higher education. Students can participate in the international summer universities organized in this context. This experience and network of contacts will offer them the opportunity to grow into international, all-round managers who know how to combine knowledge of cultural processes with innovative, business-like insight. Students from different universities are involved in the project during multiple project weeks. This MBA will enable you combine business knowledge with the art, cultural and heritage sector. The jury of Erasmus + praises the initiative as ‘unique’ and ‘innovative’ and expects this project to make an important contribution to the discussion about the relationship between heritage and citizenship, which can contribute to the entire sector. For more information about the Erasmus + project: European Citizenship, Heritage, Culture please visit Erasmus+.

International Partners 

  •      Alma Mater Studiorum Universita Di Bologna (Italy) 
  •      Fondazione Flaminia (Italy) 
  •      Academia Europea De Yuste (Spain) 
  •      Stiftung Zukunft Berlin (Germany) 
  •      Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) (Hungary) 
  •      Foundation Pakhuis de Zwijger (Netherlands) 
  •      Foundation Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University (Netherlands) 

Business Approach

A more entrepreneurial and business-like approach to the market for successful citizen initiatives requires a solid theoretical and practical basis. This is achieved thanks to the combination of business administration and leadership courses and subject-specific integration lectures by specialists from the field. Under the guidance of the Expert Active Citizenship in Culture, interested citizens, cultural and heritage institutions, NGOs, and companies will be able to convert successful cases and projects into continuity. As a result, a network of knowledge can develop so that the government will no longer be merely a lender and / or initiator but will become a fully-fledged discussion partner in increasingly complex change processes in society.

Why Is this Program Unique?

This lies with the intersection of the management of non-governmental (social) cultural organizations and of European citizenship in action. There is great need for broad fundamental knowledge in both fields. The combination of both in an integrated approach will not only promote the professionalism of individual participants and their companies but can also provide a qualitative boost to the necessary internationalization of the broad heritage and cultural sector within the EU. This MBA is the only integrated study program in the Czech Republic that links theory from different disciplines to practical experiences and is directly linked to unruly cultural practice.

  • Unique internationally accredited MBA degree in culture
  • Access to high-quality knowledge from international networks
  • More than 30 renowned international guest teachers
  • Part-time training for professionals
  • Can also be followed per module
  • Small interactive study groups
  • Side events abroad
  • Financial options

Why Should You Follow this MBA?

During this MBA program, integrating the different management aspects and functions is an important key point, with the aim of integration of knowledge. The training provides this broadening of skills by taking these disciplines as a starting point to improve on the integral and critical view, which can be expected of managers. Graduates of this MBA can function in the following professions:

  • Leader of companies, governments and semi-governmental organizations
  • Director, (General) Manager (CEO)
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Member of a management team
  • Member of international network of experts in culture
  • Adviser/Consultant

About the Program

MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship program covers a variety of business fields. In this MBA course you will learn the latest theories in the field of leadership, new methodologies for positioning your institution and you will gain insight into the most important issues concerning heritage and citizen participation. You will gain insight into business processes, change management, market developments, policy, and strategy. The training is designed for (future) managers in the broad heritage and cultural sector or those who, from other disciplines, want to play a (final) responsible role in the necessary (re)positioning of art, culture, and heritage institutions in the "participation society". In addition to the business process themes you will follow a variety of inspirational lectures on different, and current, culture themes. In addition to theory, there is much room for practice. You will bring your own case to the study program and apply the knowledge gained. The students are invited to bring in practical examples themselves to be discussed during the lectures. This allows you to apply the theory directly into practice. The teachers and professors are all experts in their own work field which guarantees a translation of business theories into practical examples. During the discussions with our international teachers and your classmates, you will improve your discussion skills and substantiate your arguments with the most recent academic literature. You will become an effective manager who knows how to give his or her organization a place in society.

Program Accreditation

MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship is NVAO accredited. After this program you can use the title MBA. For more information about this accreditation and the system of accreditations, please refer to the following page of Netherlands Business Academy, about NVAO:


Self-management, Leadership & Coaching

3 days

Methods & Techniques of Research

2 days



Finance Management & Control

3 days

Operations Management & Quality

3 days

Human Resources Management

3 days

Project Management

3 days


3 days



Strategy & Policy

4 days

Management Control & Information Systems

4 days




4 days

Change Management

4 days


1 day



Thesis phase


Writing the Master Thesis

2 days

Master thesis




Integrational colleges Culture, Heritage & Citizenship

±10 days

Admission Requirements

To follow MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship you must have at least a bachelor diploma and three years of relevant work experience. Do you not exactly meet the admission requirements? If you can demonstrate at least five years of relevant professional experience at a professional education level and that you have gained substantial knowledge through trainings or courses, admission may be possible. The admission process can include an interview with a study advisor from Netherlands Business Academy. Based on this interview you will receive study advice and you can be admitted to this study program. 

Language Requirements

Literature, lectures, and coaching is given in English. If you do not have a sufficient level of English to be able to follow the lectures, on request, we can provide a translation into Czech for you.


Duration of Study Program

The total duration of the part-time program is 2.5 years.

This study program starts with a kick-off course from 26th to 29th of April 2023.

Lecture Days

Lectures in this distance study program will be provided through online learning on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. Consultation meetings will take place Tuesday mornings. Together with your fellow participants, you will work on cases and assignments, prepare presentations, and comment on each other’s work. The study load is 10 hours of self-study per week. If you want more detailed information about the timetable of this study program, please contact


Contact days (2 weeks) of the study program will be attended in the Netherlands. Netherlands Business Academy offers contact days at their City Campus Dordrecht. Dordrecht is located only 10 minutes by train from Rotterdam. For your stay there, we will require you to arrange housing. City Campus Dordrecht can help you with the arrangements if needed. Contact days in the Czech Republic will be attended in Prague and Kutná Hora.

Tuition Fees

Educational costs MBA: € 7 235

This price does not include literature, location, and accommodation costs. Travel, accommodation, and boarding expenses for a stay (2 weeks) in the Netherlands and contact days in the Czech Republic are covered by the students themselves. If an Erasmus subsidy for exchange students will be obtained for this study program, it may be used to cover a part of the travel and subsistence expenses.

This price is calculated for one-time payment. Payment in 3 installments or monthly payments in installments are possible. You can also pay as you go, meaning you only pay for the units you sign up for every term. A special individual payment calendar is possible in agreement with Netherlands Business Academy or its official partner organization. If you want more detail information about the possibilities of financing this study program, please contact:

Internationally Renowned Guest Teachers

In addition to the teachers of Netherlands Business Academy, we also work within the MBA Culture, Heritage & Citizenship with renowned guest teachers with specific knowledge and practical experience. Speakers that performed during the inspirational lectures:

  • Dr. Franco Bianchini, Regeneration of Cities, Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Drs. Huib Boissevain, dir. Annexum, investment expert and real estate expert
  • Prof. Ir. Pi de Bruijn, architect
  • Drs. Michiel Buchel, managing director NEMO
  • Dr.h.c. Jurn Buisman, entrepreneur and owner of private museum collections
  • Prof. Matthijs van Dijk, University Delft
  • Dr. Dos Elshout, University of Amsterdam, Cultural sciences
  • Prof. Paul Frissen, University Tilburg en dean Dutch School of Public Administration
  • Drs. Cees de Graaff, managing director Dutch Culture
  • Drs. Menno Heling, innovative internet solutions for culture and tourism
  • Prof. dr. Zef Hemel, spatial planning specialist, Wibaut chair UvA
  • Drs. Liesbeth Jansen, director Left Bank, revitalization of areas and buildings
  • Drs. Jaap Lampe, resigning general director of Stadsschouwburg; Philharmonic Haarlem
  • Drs. Bert Mulder, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. dr. Mario Neve, University of Bologna, Campus di Ravenna
  • Drs. Paul Spies, Direktor Stadtmuseum Berlin, Chef-Kurator des Landes Berlin, Humboldt
  • Dr. Renée Steenbergen, senior researcher Mecenaat, Utrecht University
  • Drs. Oeds Westerhof, project director Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018
  • Drs. Hala Naoum Néhmé, political scientist, member of the Amsterdam City Council
  • Drs. Deirdre Carasso, director of the Municipality of Schiedam
  • Drs. Saskia Moerbeek, director of the Foundation for the Promotion of Social Participation
  • Drs. Harry Starren, columnist Financieel Dagblad, former director De Baak
  • Drs. Melle Daamen, former-director Mondriaan Fond and Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

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