The NHL offers demand-driven education and conducts research into the type of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that the professional market requires. This is the educational framework for individual student demands.
Close relationships with the professional market offer NHL-students opportunities to gain useful and applicable experience. The NHL believes students bear the primary responsibility for their own learning process, guided and supervised by lecturers. Lecturers do not fill the traditional role of the teacher, but instead tutor the students, help them in the processes they go through, and monitor their progress.
Much learning is done through working on projects, which serves to show the student how the different fields of knowledge, competences and skills integrate in real-life work situations. This way, students gain a good grasp of the professional qualities they are expected to have once they graduate.