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Caribbean Student Tells of Devastation as Family Caught in Hurricane on St Maarten

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:02

Barely two weeks after Kamicha Gumbs left her home in St Maarten to study at Wittenborg Amsterdam, Hurricane Irma hit the Dutch-French Caribbean island, wreaking havoc and leaving thousands destitute.

She couldn’t make contact with her family for 4 days and was left sick from worry. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat. Really, it was terrible.”

When she finally did make contact she was relieved to find that her family was unharmed.

“They told me to relax, they are ok and to concentrate on my studies. My grandmother had some water damage to her house and had to relocate. But I spoke to her in the meantime and she reminded me that we should be grateful because we still have life. She said houses can be rebuild but lost lives cannot. I feel a lot better now.

“I talk to them every day, even though mobile coverage on the island is still poor, and I hope to go home at Christmas.”

According to Kamicha, who was raised on St Maarten, the island suffered hurricanes before but not on the same level as Irma. It was classified as a Category 5 storm. She said her lecturers and class mates at Wittenborg Amsterdam were extremely helpful. “One lecturer told me to think positive and reminded me that I probably couldn’t make contact with my family immediately because the lines were cut off.”

Kamicha is doing an IBA in Entrepreneurship and SME Management at Wittenborg Amsterdam. She chose Holland for its focus on business and Wittenborg because of its international approach.

WUP 20/9/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Wittenborg Ahead of the Pack as Dutch Student Union Calls for More Student Housing

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:40

While the Dutch student Union LsVB has made an urgent call that more accommodation be made available for international students in the Netherlands, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step ahead – it has just announced more rooms for its international students in the city centre of Apeldoorn.

The first students have already moved in, just before the start of the new academic year.

Last week the LsVB called on universities, municipalities and housing corporations to do more in providing decent accommodation for incoming international students in the Netherlands. “Hundreds of international students still did not have housing at the start of the academic year. They are forced to sleep in hostels, in camping sites or even their cars. Some even abandon their studies,” a press release from the LsVB reads.

“Universities actively recruited these students who are now left on the street. They (the universities) have to take responsibility as soon as possible by coming up with a solution,” the chairman of the LsVB, Tariq Sewbaransingh said.

Meanwhile, as student numbers at Wittenborg grows, so does its student accommodation.

On Wednesday, Wittenborg announced the purchasing and renovation of a former office building in De Ruyterstraat, in the heart of Apeldoorn city. The development was also reported in de Stentor newspaper on Wednesday.

According to Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, the building can accommodate 34 students. Wittenborg acquired the property in partnership with Van der Leij Vastgoed, a project developer specialising in re-purposing office space into living quarters.

Given the growth in the number of students over the past few years, the demand for housing has outstripped supply and the school had to consider acquiring more living quarters for its incoming students, Feng said. The university is one of the most international in the Netherlands, boasting more than 80 different nationalities among students. The diversity is also reflected in its staff component.

WUP 18/9/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Wittenborg Offers More Housing for International Students in Former Office Building in Apeldoorn

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:28

Good news! Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is making more student housing available for its international students in the Netherlands after renovating a former office building in the heart of Apeldoorn and transforming it into spacious student accommodation.

Student Numbers Set to Top 700

Student numbers at Wittenborg are set to rise to more than 700 in the next year – the university has locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna, Austria.

Unlike many institutions in the Netherlands, Wittenborg provides all its international students with accommodation for the first few months upon arrival to make sure they are not stranded.

On Wednesday, Wittenborg announced the purchasing and renovation of a former office building in De Ruyterstraat, in the heart of Apeldoorn city. The development was also reported in de Stentor newspaper on Wednesday.

According to Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, the building can accommodate 34 students. Wittenborg acquired the property in partnership with Van der Leij Vastgoed, a project developer specialising in re-purposing office space into living quarters.

Given the growth in the number of students over the past few years, the demand for housing has outstripped supply and the school had to consider acquiring more living quarters for its incoming students, Feng said. The university is one of the most international in the Netherlands, boasting more than 80 different nationalities among students. The diversity is also reflected in its staff component.

With the new acquisition Wittenborg now offers housing for around 70 students. “Even so, there is still a shortage,” Feng told de Stentor.  “The past few years we have steadily grown by around 15% from around 350 students to more than 600.”

In the meantime, the first students have started to move into De Ruyterstraat building just before the new academic year. More are expected to move in by October this year. Wittenborg is renowned for its flexible starting dates – offering students 6 entrée dates per year to start their studies and to graduate.

“International students arrive throughout the year,” Feng added.

WUP 16/9/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Dutch Make a Splash in Spain - Out in Full Force at EAIE Education Conference

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 17:08

The Dutch made their presence felt at the 2017 EAIE conference for international education in Seville this week – of the 5,750 participants about 10% are Dutch!

And of course, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is in attendance, represented by the chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, and the international sales manager, Tim Birdsall. Wittenborg has locations in Amsterdam, Apeldoorn and Vienna.

Reporting from the conference, Peter Birdsall said: “EAIE is vibrant and very busy. I have five slots for my meetings at the ‘Study in Holland’ stand and also visited the ‘Study in Austria’ stand where I spoke to the housing providers in Vienna who are facilitating our students there. ‘Study in Turkey’ had one of the biggest stands.”

EAIE stands for the European Association for International Education.  The conference started on Tuesday and will continue until Friday. It was preceded by the 2017 ICEF Workshop, also in Seville, Spain.

Among the Dutch stands was that of Nuffic – the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education.

The Dutch were represented by a mixture of research universities and universities of applied sciences, such as Wittenborg and its neighbour institute in Apeldoorn, Saxion University of Applied Sciences. There was also a good mix of private and public institutions.

Wittenborg had discussions with partner universities in Spain, India and the UK, as well as European marketing agencies, the Austrian housing organisation OEAD, Indian student representatives abroad and international student insurance company, AON.

WUP 14/9/2017

by Anesca Smith
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ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop promoting a diverse mix of international agents

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 23:08

Wittenborg attended the ICEF Higher Education Agent Workshop and the Higher Education Forum, that brought together over 60 higher education institutions in discussions about partnerships and university collaboration.
With agents from  over 75 countries represented at the workshop, Iran and Morocco were amongst the countries showing a lot of interest in Study in Holland! South America and Eastern Europe (non-EU) were also well represented at this week's ICEF Higher Education Workshop, attended by around 100 institutes and 150 ICEF certified agents from around the world.
For two days, WUAS was represented at the workshop by Peter & Tim Birdsall, who led the discussions with agents from over 30 different countries.
On day three, WUAS also presented its own unique partnership with the University of Brighton, at the ICEF Higher Education Forum. University of Brighton lecturer and partnership programme coordinator, Pete Odgers, and WUAS chair Peter Birdsall gave an in-depth insight into the relationship and strategic partnership between the two institutions.
The presentation was entitled 'Strategic International Public-Private Partnership as a Growth Model' and resulted in a lively discussion between institutes looking for partnership models.

WUP 12/9/2017

by James Wittenborg

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Netherlands a Top Performer in THE Ranking

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:32

The Netherlands is once again one of the top performing countries in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings with the 4th highest number of universities in the Top 100.

However, with many Asian countries closing in for the top spots there has been a call on the incoming cabinet for more investment in Dutch higher education and research.

The US has the highest number (41) of institutions in the Top 100, followed by the UK (12), Germany (10) and the Netherlands (7).

In addition, all 13 of the Netherland’s research universities feature in the Top 200.

“It is a great performance,” said Karl Dittricht, the chairman of the Association for Dutch Universities (VSNU). “As with all top achievements this was only possible with great input and dedication. However, if we want to maintain this level of performance, more investment is necessary.”

For the first time in the ranking’s history, the list is topped by two UK institutions – the University of Oxford (1) and the University of Cambridge (2). In the Netherlands, the top three institutes are the University of Amsterdam, Delft Technical University and Wageningen University and Research.

The VSNU has made a call on the new cabinet to increase funding for education and research. “A strong position in (world) rankings influences the international attraction of universities. A good position is associated with excellent research and good performance in education. That is why investment is paramount. From these new THE figures it is clear that a number of Asian countries who invest in education are making tremendous progress in the rankings.”

Dittrich said that while Dutch universities perform well despite a drop in finance, other countries are hot on their heels. The VSNU calls on the new cabinet to invest in research and education.

WUP 11/9/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Interim Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Gert Meijer, Stands Down

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 11:00

Gert Meijer, the interim dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, will leave this position after his term ended this month . "We are very grateful for the help and assistance he has lent to Wittenborg Amsterdam during this period," Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said.

Meijer took over duties from the dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam, Timo Timmerman, in April while Timmerman was recuperating from surgery following a heart attack. In the meantime, Timmerman has decided not to return, effective from 1 October.

Meijer was the founding father and former dean of Nyenrode New Business School before he left in 2014 to start working independently. He also served as director of the Hogeschool Haarlem for 17 years.

Effective immediately, Wittenborg Amsterdam will be fully integrated with Wittenborg Apeldoorn, led by the programme manager, Carol Tarr, and operations manager, Thomas Meijer.

WUP 6/9/2017

by James Wittenborg
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Updated Education & Examination Guides - Welcome to a New Academic Year

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 12:35

We are pleased to announce that the Education & Examination Guides for the bachelor's IBA, EBA and HBA programmes have been updated and published online.

 Education & Examination Guide Bachelor Programmes International Business Administration (View Online)  Education & Examination Guide Bachelor Programme Hospitality Business Administration (View Online)  Education & Examination Guide Bachelor Programmes Entrepreneurial Business Administration (View Online) WELCOME TO WITTENBORG UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES!

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and all returning current students to our institute, and am sure that the new academic year will be even more fruitful and successful than the last academic year.

This year we are pleased to welcome students in both our main campus of Apeldoorn and at our campus in Amsterdam, and for the first time at our new location in Vienna.

With 6 starts a year for most of our programmes, some of you will be reading this at the start entries of September, October and December, however some of you will only have started in February, April or even May. This dynamic approach to education will make your experience a ‘real life experience’, with students entering and leaving a phase at different times – just as in the real world of work.

If you have just started your Master of Science degree, or a BSC / BA double degree programme with the University of Brighton, you will also be experiencing a unique blend of transnational higher education, that sees the benefits of public and private universities working together to offer top quality degrees in joint taught programmes.

If you have entered into our MBA programme, you will be challenged by a double accredited intensive and rewarding experience. From this year we also plan to offer our MBA students the opportunity to study in Amsterdam.

Our Continued Mission Statement in 2017-2018

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sees its role as the education and training of highly qualified, internationally minded, socially responsible and intercultural, critical and independently thinking graduates, who engage in innovative and creative business in companies and organizations around the world, either working for others or in the instigation of business and entrepreneurship.

To achieve this, the university engages in close dialogue with industry, government and NGOs. Wittenborg strives to bring expertise, knowledge and diversity to the local region in which it operates, thereby enhancing the economy, culture and social environment around the university.

Wittenborg’s outlook is global and it aims to maintain its independent status whilst being one of the most international and diverse higher education institutions in the Netherlands. The university promotes total equality of students and staff, of cultures and genders and people with disabilities within the institute. Wittenborg promotes a working environment that is fair, and emphasises respect between and within its student and staff body.

The practical applied sciences that are engaged within Wittenborg’s programmes enable the University to maintain up to date content within a diverse range of management orientated disciplines and implement curriculum to the highest modern education standards.

As a University of Applied Sciences, Wittenborg sees as important an interdisciplinary approach to higher education, which is reflected in the cross-disciplinary broad management programmes that allow students to develop their knowledge, skills and development through applied research in a manner that is not subject constrictive.

Wittenborg’s goal is to continue developing itself into a broad management orientated University of Applied Sciences, with a strong international characteristic. Developing in various professional fields such as Business & Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism, Arts & Technology, Sport & Health and Education Management.

The university will maintain quality through maintaining a vigorous and transparent accreditation cycle for its programmes, ensuring dialogue with its students and staff through their active involvement of the accreditation and validation processes.

Wittenborg will strive to continue developing new methods of teaching and learning that meet the changing needs of society and technology.

Within its role as a higher education institute the university also supports life-long learning through the development and implementation of up to date and industry driven professional programmes aimed at corporate employees and individuals.

Invitation to the Wittenborg 30 Gala Evening 10 November 2017 at the City Hall

In 2012, Wittenborg celebrated its 25th Anniversary, and at the time launched its ambitions for the coming 10 years. Now, 5 years on, we are preparing to celebrate ‘Wittenborg 30’ with a series of events, that commenced in the spring of 2017 and will conclude with a Gala Evening to which you are all invited, to be held on the 10th November at the City Hall in Apeldoorn.

The celebrations will conclude with a wonderful intercultural gala evening in November, and students will be involved in the events throughout 2017.

Continuing Development

5 Schools

Wittenborg offers its programmes and carries out research in 5 different areas, managed through the schools of business, hospitality & tourism, sport & health, arts & technology, and education. Most of you will be following programmes in the School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Tourism, however some students will be following programmes in the developing schools of Health & Sport, Arts & Technology and in Education.

This year will see the launch of the Full Force Sports academy in Apeldoorn, with which Wittenborg is working closely, and which will provide sports training and facilities for all our students, as well as an exciting sports-orientated study facility for our undergraduate sports & business management students.

Double Degrees

The additional validation of our BHM and EBA programmes by the University of Brighton, allows us to offer them as double degree programmes and means that they are the first ‘triple-accredited’ bachelor degree programmes in the Netherlands!

In Amsterdam, Wittenborg will see its EBA double degree bachelor’s programme in entrepreneurial business administration, offered by the School of Business, grow further as Phase 2 and Phase 3 modules are now also offered.

Phase 3 is completely joint delivered with the University of Brighton’s Business School, bringing a strong UK flavour to the teaching & learning. Graduates will receive both a Wittenborg BA degree and a BSc in Business from the University of Brighton.

Wittenborg’s partnership with Study Group in Amsterdam will continue this academic year, allowing us to share the facilities in the spectacular central location of the Up-Building, situated at the water next to the central railway station.

The double degree in International Hospitality Management currently combines the programme IBA in Hospitality Management, accredited by NVAO and FIBAA and the University of Brighton validated BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management.


Students choosing the EuroBA pathway of the double degree in hospitality management will be offered Vienna as study location for the 2017-2018 semesters. This is part of a further development of Wittenborg programmes at a new Vienna location launched in 2017.

The Master Programmes – Joint MSc Programmes and the MBA

This year the Master of Science programmes, in International Hospitality, International Tourism Management and International Event Management are being offered to new students and last year’s pre-Master group. These exciting 1 year MSc degree programmes are offered jointly by Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and the University of Brighton, and are now joined by a new MSc degree, the Master of Science in Sport Business Management.

The MBA programmes, that follow the same block system as the IBA, with 6 entry points, have now been expanded to include new specialisations, in Finance, Technology, Healthcare, Sports Management and Education.

Master Scholarship for Wittenborg Graduates

We are pleased to be able to continue the policy that all Wittenborg’s bachelor’s graduates, past and present are automatically provided a 3000-euro scholarship towards the fee of the MSc and MBA programmes, whenever you choose to follow them.


In 2017-2018, Wittenborg will continue investing and participating in specific research projects, both at local, regional and international levels. If you want to be involved in research programmes at Wittenborg please as your Process Tutor to put your ideas and ambitions forward to the Research Centre.

The Newsletter & News

The Wittenborg University Press (WUP) team is always on the lookout for budding writers who would like to contribute interesting articles or papers to the University news pages on the website and on Wittenborg Online. Interested? Contact the editors at newsletter@wittenborg.eu

The Student Representatives

The ‘Student Reps’ is the body of students who have direct talks with us, as directors about everything concerning life at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences. They are involved in the evaluation of education, teaching staff, support services and staff and are an invaluable resource for the university. Normally 2 students per phase, prep year / pre-master and MSc programmes are invited to become a member of the Student Reps. Interested? Please send an email to studentreps@wittenborg.eu

The Programme Committees

Want to make an impact on your own study programme development? From last year a new body was instigated for each study programme, the so-called Programme Committee. Members include both students and teachers and the committee reviews its programme and submits recommendations to management. Interested? – Contact your Process Tutor.

The Student Association

We are pleased to announce that in 2017-2018 we will be once again holding elections for the Student Association, (known as SWIFT), and once the committee is in place we will be allocating budget for SWIFT to organise social and cultural events throughout the year.

That leaves us only to wish you all an enjoyable and productive study time with us, here in Apeldoorn,

Good Luck with your studies!

Peter Birdsall, MA.Ed

Director of Education

Chair of the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences Executive Board

31 August 2017

WUP 3/9/2017


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Wittenborg Announces Priorities for New Academic Year

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:03

Ramping up academic quality and improving student experience will be some of the main priorities in the new academic year at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

This is according to the chair of executive board, Peter Birdsall, who welcomed staff back from the summer holiday during the annual general meeting in Apeldoorn on Tuesday. For students of Wittenborg, classes will start on Monday, preceded Thursday's orientation day for new students.

More resources for education management
Additional resources will be allocated for education management - including the training of teachers to improve classroom experience, for the Graduation Exam Board to screen papers and dissertations, as well as for regular classroom peer monitoring. Tying into these goals, Wittenborg will from this year offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning to all its academic staff. From 2018 it will also be open to external applicants.

New! Master in Education
Birdsall also announced that Wittenborg will seek to validate a new programme - a Master of Arts (MA) in Education - later this year in conjunction with its academic partner in the UK, the University of Brighton. Eventually, it also hopes to offer a bachelor's degree in Education.

Meanwhile, the Head of the School of Hospitality, Esther Gitonga-Bakker, said the first students to do a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Sport Business Management will start in October. The accreditation of its Bachelor in Hospitality Business Administration (HBA) will also be happening this year - an accreditation panel is expected to visit Wittenborg in March next year.

Following on from last year, further measures will be taken to consolidate its position in the international market as an institute of quality education – including a number of accreditation processes lined up in the coming year.

AACSB Accreditation
For one, the institute will forge ahead with its bid to gain accreditation for its IBA and MBA programmes from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) – an American professional organisation focused on advancing business education.

Wittenborg is already a member of the AACSB. Birdsall said the AACSB has some collaboration agreements with the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), which has already accredited most Wittenborg programmes.

Also up for re-accreditation by FIBAA and NVAO is Wittenborg’s EBA (Entrepreneurship) programme offered in Amsterdam.

WUP 31/08/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press


Timo Timmerman, Dean at Wittenborg Amsterdam will step down from 1st of October 2017

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:52

“After much consideration, Timo Timmerman, founding father of Wittenborg Amsterdam, is stepping down on the 1st of October 2017. Recuperating from major surgery following a heart attack, Timo has decided against returning to the rigours of a stressful work environment for the present time. He says it is with great fondness he looks back at the establishment phase of Wittenborg Amsterdam, where enthusiastic students and talented, experienced lecturers have laid down the foundation for an international bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, right in the business heart of the city. His special thanks go out to Carol Tarr, Gert and Thomas Meijer and Arie Staat, who have taken over his duties during his absence. It is with much regret that Timo lets go of Wittenborg Amsterdam.”

(For the Dutch version of this text, please see below)


Timo Timmerman, dean Wittenborg Amsterdam, stopt per 1 oktober 2017

“Timo Timmerman, founding father van Wittenborg Amsterdam, zal met ingang van 1 oktober 2017 zijn werkzaamheden beëindigen. Na een hartinfarct en een zware hartoperatie eind maart volgde een revalidatieperiode. Hoewel er sprake is van goede vooruitgang zal het herstel nog meer tijd vergen en komt een stressvolle arbeidssituatie het herstel niet ten goede. Met genoegen kijkt hij terug op de start en de beginfase van Wittenborg Amsterdam waarin door nieuwe, enthousiaste studenten en getalenteerde en ervaren docenten de basis is gelegd voor een internationale opleiding ondernemerschap met een Amsterdams karakter. Zijn bijzondere dank gaat uit naar Carol Tarr, Gert en Thomas Meijeren Arie Staat die hem tijdens zijn revalidatie hebben waargenomen. Met pijn in het hart laat hij dit los.”

Note: ‘Wittenborg Amsterdam’ is the Amsterdam location of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS) based in the heart of Amsterdam. WUAS’ main campus, of around 650 Dutch and International students is in Apeldoorn, in the centre of the Netherlands. WUAS has also recently opened a study location in Vienna.

At its Amsterdam location, WUAS currently offers its bachelor’s in Entrepreneurial Business Administration as a double degree with the University of Brighton to over 50 Dutch and International students. Students can gain a Dutch BBA bachelor’s and a UK BSc degree.

In the coming year, WUAS plans to expand its programmes in Amsterdam to include its full-time and part-time International Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, as well as a top-up bachelor’s in Hospitality Management and a Postgraduate Certificate programme in Teaching & Learning.”

WUP 31/8/2017

by Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Student to Intern at Luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 13:58

When Chinese student Monge Fu started looking for internship opportunities around Amsterdam this summer, she hardly dreamed of landing a job at the 5-star Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam.

Yet, this is exactly where Fu will start from 1 September, after impressing the Waldorf’s food and beverage supervisor during her interview. And it is not hard to imagine why she got the job – Fu exudes warmth, enthusiasm and friendliness.

The Waldorf is spread over six magnificent mansions along the chic Herengracht canal - arguably the most impressive street in Amsterdam, and within walking distance of most of the city’s famous landmarks.

"Once you've worked at the Waldorf, you can work anywhere."

Fu was also offered an internship at a 4-star hotel in Amsterdam, but preferred the Waldorf. “I want only the best and someone told me that once you’ve worked here, you can work anywhere – it is highly esteemed. Also, I like the discipline and preciseness it teaches - no detail is left unattended by staff.”

Fu’s internship is part of the Bachelor in Hospitality Management (BHM) programme that she has been following at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences since September, 2015. Fu originates from the city of Nanchang in the southeastern part of China. She came to Holland because of “the culture, the friendly people and because most Dutch people speak English”.

She chose to study at Wittenborg considering its flexible entry date system. “When I came to Holland in May, 2015, I wanted to give myself time to adapt and so traveled around Europe first, before starting in September.” She also considers doing an MSc in International Hospitality Management at Wittenborg, which is jointly offered by the University of Brighton in the UK.

WUP 29/08/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Witteborg Master Student Scores Internship at Top Multinational

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 10:02

Wittenborg MSc student, Gaby Padilla, has secured a top-notch internship at a major multinational company hailed for its innovation in producing electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries.

BYD – which stands for “Build Your Dream” – is the world’s largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, servicing global clients such as Samsung HTC and Stanford University. Based in Shenzhen, China, it topped Bloomberg Businessweek Tech 100 list in 2010.

Padilla, who is doing her MSc in International Event Management at Wittenborg, is from El Salvador in Central America. She will start at BYD on 1 September, picking up work experience and doing research for her graduation assignment.

Wittenborg’s work placement officer, Adrianne Jonquière-Breure, visited the company this week and said she was impressed. “The company wants to expand in Europe, and the fact that Gaby speaks Spanish is definitely an advantage. We always try to visit new companies where our students are working to make sure that it is suitable. Gaby is eager to learn, very optimistic and I think she will fit in well.”

WUP 27/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Wittenborg Vienna Ready for Big Opening on Monday

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:58

With only a few days left before the opening of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ new campus in Vienna, Austria, excitement about the big day is spilling over. The official opening is on Monday, 28 August.

Dr Alexander Bauer, who will be the new campus director, said he is looking forward to welcoming students. On Monday, the new building plaques, proudly displaying the Wittenborg logo, went up for the first time. Wittenborg shares the building with the EWS institute, its partner and one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria. By Wednesday the final touches were put on the interior decoration.

Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. 

Besides Bauer, Wittenborg interim Academic Dean, Dr Maria-Regina Kecht, is also situated in Vienna, as well as Wittenborg's webmaster and IT specialist, Denis Schuh.

WUP 25/8/2017

by James Wittenborg
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Facts about Studying in Holland

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 09:41

Want to study in the Netherlands, but confused about the Dutch higher education system? With the new academic year beckoning, we separate fact from fiction to make your decision easier:

1. At the last count, the Netherlands still boasted the highest number of English-taught programmes in continental Europe – pretty impressive for a country which is 9 times smaller than the Germany and 237 times smaller than the US!

2. And while we are comparing size – Dutch people are on average the tallest in the world!

3. Holland has a binary education system:

  • Research universities (WO) - offers research-orientated education
  • Universities of Applied Sciences (HBOs) – offer higher professional education which focuses on the practical application of arts and sciences.

4. At both types of university you can do a bachelor's as well as master's degree programme, but only research universities offer the opportunity to do a PhD.

5. At most Dutch institutes you have the possibility of starting your programme either in September or February – however, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences offers candidates 6 entrée dates per year, and therefor six opportunities to graduate.

6. In Holland, international students from outside the EU are allowed to work up to 10 hours a week alongside their studies or, instead, work full-time during the summer months of June, July and August.

7. As of this year, non-EU students and researchers in the Netherlands are officially allowed to form their own companies while studying.

8. Dutch institutes generally score highly in international education rankings.

9. After finishing their studies in the Netherlands, international graduates are allowed 12 months to look for a job.

10. The Netherlands has just been ranked in the Top 5 of the most innovative countries in Europe.

by James Wittenborg
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Holland 4th Best Innovative Country in Europe

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:52

The Netherlands is the 4th best country in Europe when it comes to innovation, according to the recently published 2017 European Innovation Scoreboard. The ranking is based on data collected in 2016 and compiled by the European Commission.

According to the report, Sweden remains the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. The Netherlands is also to be found among the fastest growing innovators – the top 5 are Lithuania, Malta, the UK, the Netherlands and Austria.

The report states that EU innovation performance continues to increase, especially due to improvements in human resources, the innovation-friendly environment, own-resource investments, and attractive research systems.

Contributing to the Netherlands’ innovation strength is an attractive research system, good human resources and linkages. However, it is considered weak in firm investments, sales impacts and intellectual assets.

WUP 19/8/2017

by James Wittenborg
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Holland Grapples with Education Language Policies in the Face of Globalisation

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:03

The incumbent Dutch minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, has urged institutions of higher education to pay more attention to the intercultural skills of students and lecturers, and to make sure the latter are well equipped to teach in English.

At Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences all Bachelor and Master programmes are taught entirely in English and its students and staff represent more than 80 different nationalities.

Bussemaker was reacting to a recent study by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), meant to give direction to the incoming cabinet on the country’s language policies in higher education pertaining to Dutch and English.

With its high number of English-taught university programmes, the Netherlands is a popular destination for international students. However, within the country the ascendance of English has sparked much debate, prompting the government to order an explorative study to ascertain the value of giving instruction in Dutch and English.

The study was presented by Bussemaker in parliament after she requested that the academy last year look into the effects of the increasing use of English in higher education on professional practice, on the progress of students into and within higher education, and on Dutch culture and society.

The report points out that one of the advantages of instruction in English is that it allows foreign students to enter the Dutch education system, thereby promoting an international classroom. 

“Institutions argue that the presence of foreign students and international staff can have a positive effect on the quality of the study programme. Generally speaking, instruction in English is also considered of ‘better quality’ than instruction in Dutch. Indeed, according to the committee, instruction in English need not be provided at the expense of educational quality, and in fact may help improve that quality.”

However, the committee highlights two crucial conditions for preserving or improving the quality of education. Firstly, institutions must do more than merely require lecturers and students to have a certain minimum command of the language and offer language courses.

“Resolving to offer a study programme, course or even just a specific subject in English requires judicious guidance and decision-making. In addition, to achieve the desired level of quality, both lecturers and students must have a good command of the language of instruction.”

Secondly, to take full advantage of the enriching presence of foreign students and staff, both students and staff must master an adequate number of intercultural skills. In addition, lecturers must cultivate skills that allow them to provide effective instruction in a diverse and international environment.

Bussemaker, in her letter to the Dutch Senate (Tweede Kamer) asked institutions of higher education to take note of KNAW’s recommendations, and said she will consult with the various education bodies. She supports the views in the report that more attention must be paid to the intercultural skills of students and lecturers, and that the latter must be well equipped for teaching in a foreign language like English.

In reaction to the report, the Association for Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging Hogenscholen) said the use of English in Dutch higher education is a positive development if the aim is to give students an international perspective in an ever more globalised world.

WUP 17/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Defining Success - Wittenborg Graduates Share their Thoughts

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:11

How do international students at Wittenborg define success? We asked a few of our graduates at the recent 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony to share their thoughts on the subject and got some interesting answers:

Sabah Parveen from Hong Kong: “Success for me is when you not only create opportunity for yourself, but for others too. It’s about doing something that allows you to be the best person you can be and having satisfaction at the end of the day.”

Chao Meng from China: “I think success means you achieve what you wanted – not that which is valued by other people.”

Karen Turay from Holland: “Achieving wealth, respect and fame.”

Tra Duong from Vietnam: “To win (the struggle) against yourself and act in order to achieve your goals. You pass your own limits, know who you are and what you are aiming for.”

Jiaqi Cen from China: “Success lies in the process of achieving your goals – people can learn something for themselves which helps them to know the world better, either physical or psychological. Different people have different goals or dreams, however, not 100% of your targets can be achieved.”m

Ziaul Hasnayen from Bangladesh: “I define success as a journey not a destination.”

Ana Maria Villalobos Cedano: “Success is when you achieve what you set out to do after sacrificing and fighting day by day for what you want.”

WUP 13/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg's New Quality Officer Speaks Four Languages

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:57

After a successful research period at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, the institute has appointed Kriszta Rostás as its new education and quality support officer, thereby investing more resources in quality improvements.

Kriszta, who is Hungarian, has a Master degree in Economics & Business from the University of Utrecht.  She grew up in Romania and speaks four languages: English, Dutch, Romanian and Hungarian. Kriszta is the latest addition to Wittenborg’s already multicultural staff members with almost 20 different nationalities between them.

She located permanently to the Netherlands in 2013 after partaking in a student exchange programme. Before joining Wittenborg as a researcher in January assessing the quality of its exams, she worked as a research co-worker at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle and at a Dutch SME helping companies in developing countries.

As of August she has been appointed as education and quality support officer at Wittenborg, making sure the university not only adheres to set academic standards but also improves it to the extent of becoming a leader in the market.

She loves living in the Netherlands, especially the relaxed attitude of its inhabitants. “Before, living in Romania, I saw myself as someone who has a nervous energy. Here I am more relaxed.” Outside of work she likes cooking, swimming and used to be a Hungarian folk dancer.

WUP 11/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Graduate Study Explores How Governments can Empower Refugees Economically

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:11

The influx of refugees to Europe is a fact, but how do governments ease the financial burden on themselves and make these refugees economically independent?

This pressing, contemporary issue is explored by Wittenborg graduate, Eshban Jan in his final thesis submitted before graduating earlier this summer. Eshban, from Pakistan, has been awarded an IBA (Bachelor) degree in Marketing and Communication.

In the first 10 months of 2016 the majority of the 46 000 people who applied for refugee status in the Netherlands were from war-torn Syria, followed by Eritrea where military service is compulsory. Smaller groups come from Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan where people are being persecuted based on religion and/or race.

According to Eshban, despite the fact that refugees is a critical issue for many governments, literature on the empowerment of refugees is scarce. His study takes a critical look at the work of the Dutch refugee empowerment organization CAO (Centraal Orgaan Opvang Azielzoekers). Dutch policies on refugees are seen as one of the toughest in Europe.

About 98% of refugees who participated in Eshban’s study stated that they would like to work in the Netherlands and more than 40% has professional skills. “Although the Dutch government provide resources to refugees to integrate them through agencies such as COA, refugees are not allowed to work or study when they arrive. The asylum application process period is minimum 6 months, but it can take years.” He recommends the Dutch government to grant study and labour market access to refugees as they arrive to make them more self-reliant. “The International Monetary Foundation (IMF) also advises host governments to make it easier for refugees to work or get an education.”

WUP 8/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
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"I Came to Study in Holland Because of a Movie"

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 20:04

For Wittenborg graduate Zuwang Chen it was love at first sight: He saw a romantic movie which was shot in the Netherlands and he knew he wanted to study here.

Chen, who is from China, graduated with a Bachelor degree (IBA) in Economics & Management from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences this summer.

So, what was the movie? Turns out he saw a Korean movie called Daisy (Deiji) – an urban romantic drama by Hong Kong director Andrew Lau. It shows lots of Holland’s lush, green countryside as well as give a glimpse of what living in a Dutch city looks like.

Chen’s choice of Wittenborg was more grounded: “I chose Wittenborg because of its flexibility and it’s a nice place with kind people.” How did studying at Wittenborg change him? “It made my life more colourful!”

As for his plans for the future: “I would like to find a job, but at the same time I am working towards starting my own company in the fashion industry.”

WUP 5/8/2017

by Anesca Smith
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