The building dates back to 1423. That year Franciscan nuns established a convent here that was also called Mariënburg. They were to stay till 1676. The so-called Walpoort, which dates back to that period, is still part of the current campus building. It is one of the three oldest buildings in the city. The current convent dates was built in 1896. It became the motherhouse of the Dutch province of the Roman Catholic Religious Congregation Society of Jesus, Maria, Josef founded in 1822. The convent buildings have been mostly well preserved. They are of architectural-historical value as example of Catholic convent - and school architecture from the beginning of the 20th century.
New facilities in a historic building
The location in Mariënburg combines the history of the convent with an exciting vision for data science. Besides extensive facilities for educational purposes, the building also offers student accommodation and features a dedicated space for startups.
The MSc program will commence in September 2016: to start off with, in one of the wings of the convent building.
As of September 2017, the fully renovated main building will be open to students. It is expected that around 70 students will live on the campus.