The HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is a vocational university in the city of Utrecht and one of the largest educational institutions in the Netherlands. It shares its main campus, the Uithof, with the largest university of the Netherlands, Utrecht University. It also has buildings in Amersfoort, 25 km from Utrecht.Funded by the state, it has over 38,000 students with more than one hundred different nationalities. It offers about 70 different degree courses in a wide range of subjects: Communication and Journalism, Economics and Management, Science and Technology, Health care, Education and Social Professions. HU also participates in the Utrecht Summer School, which offers 130 short courses in July and August.HistoryHU emerged in 1995 from a merger of a number of colleges.The Uithof by government measures then merged nationwide nearly 80 HBO institutions to around 45 new colleges. In 1995, the merger of University College Utrecht, and in 2005 the name was changed to HU.HU combines more traditional areas of study such as the Department for Medical Education with newer ones such as Communication Media Design.