Leeuwarden is the capital city of the Dutch province of Friesland. It is situated in the northern part of the country. Leeuwarden has a number of respected universities of applied science (HBO in Dutch), such as the Van Hall Instituut (agricultural and life sciences), the Stenden University(hotel management, economical and media management) and the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden (economical, technical and arts). Although the city has no scientific university, several dependencies are located here, including the Wageningen University, Universities Twente and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. About 16,000 students, among them an increasing number of foreign students, study at technical schools.