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Whisky Burn at International Festival in The Hague

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:47

Wittenborg writer Ben Birdsall’s book Whisky Burn drew lots of interest at the international Whisky Live 2017 Fair in The Hague this weekend, attended by thousands of whisky lovers.  

The event took place at the Grote Kerk in The Hague. Birdsall had a stand alongside one of Holland’s, if not the world's, top whisky writers, Hans Offringa. “It was a great opportunity to connect with readers and network with people who share my passion for whisky. I really valued the experience,” Birdsall said of the event.  

Next weekend on 25 November he will be at the Whisky Live conference in Dublin, followed by Whiskyschiff Zürich 2017 from 30 November – 3 December in Zürich.

Whisky Burn Distilleries of Scotland by Vespa – the Highlands and Islands chronicles Birdsall’s travels in Scotland visiting more than 40 of its well-known distilleries. The book was published by Wittenborg University Press (WUP) in 2015 and is slowly but surely finding its stride among whisky connoisseurs around the world. “Sales are picking up and we are continuously exploring new markets,” said Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

WUP has teamed up with Whiskyboeken.nl – an online bookseller who was also at the fair - to promote Whisky Burn. Wittenborg also wants to expand the brand Whisky Burn by offering whisky tastings and other products.

In the meantime, Birdsall has just finished the first draft of his second whisky book – the result of visits to existing and upcoming Irish whisky distilleries over the summer, again on his trusty Vespa. He expects the book will be published by the summer of 2018, after it has been proofread and designed. “The second book shares the same format as the first, but the writing process has been very different. With the first one I was something of a novice, while with the second I had more experience and was also able to take into consideration the feedback I got from readers of the first book.”  

How does Irish whisky compare with Scottish whisky? “We should not regard it as one competing against the other,” Birdsall says. “I like to think Irish whisky is complementing Scottish whisky, which has been brewed for more than 200 years, while most Irish whisky is still comparatively unknown. Generally, I think Irish whisky could have a considerable catchment area, with its approachable, sweet and floral lightness.” 

Who are the biggest consumers of whisky in the world? “The French, the Americans and the British.” At this weekend’s whisky festival he was impressed with the quality of the Dutch whisky on offer compared with what it was some years ago. “They are clearly learning to produce good whisky!” 

Meeting customers at The Hague fair also gave him an insight into his target market. “Aside from people who genuinely love and want to learn more about whisky, there are also those who like buying whisky books for their spouses, relatives or friends as a great Christmas gift.” 

As a future project, Birdsall is keen to explore the possibility of touring the Japanese whisky distilleries, which is a fast-growing sector of the market.

WUP 20/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Celebrates its International Students with Cool New Video Showing its Diversity

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:32

The Netherlands has just completed a whole week of events to celebrate its international students. "The Week of the International Student' lasted from 13 – 17 November.

And that is no surprise given that they are everywhere – more than 100 000 non-Dutch students studying in Holland this year for the first time in the Netherlands' history, as Nuffic’s director-general Freddy Weima pointed out last week at the 30th anniversary gala of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences.

At Wittenborg there is even more reason to celebrate as it is one of the most international institutes of higher education in the Netherlands. Currently there are people from more than 80 different nationalities studying and working at Wittenborg’s 3 locations: Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna. For the past 3 years there has been more than 100 different nationalities passing through its revolving doors of learning.

The beauty of it all was on show at the gala where international students were asked to dress in their country’s traditional attire. Ahead of the Gala Wittenborg also made a video showing the diversity of its students and staff.

Here are a few cool facts about international study in the Netherlands:

WUP 18/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Equality the Norm at Wittenborg, says Chair Peter Birdsall

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:08

"Equality and internationalisation is the norm, not the exception at Wittenborg," the university's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said at its 30th anniversary gala this weekend.

Birdsall thanked the university's multi-cultural staff who are as diverse as its international student body and said their drive and dedication is what moves the institution forward.

"A higher education institute such as ours - with a focus on management - is not made through prestigious scientific advances or competing with the country’s best and most acclaimed universities. It is made by people. Normal people studying, learning and working together in an exciting and diverse environment, embracing internationalisation, equality and an ethical way of being, not as the exception but as the norm. We can excel in this way."

Birdsall recounted some of the highlights of Wittenborg’s early years. “The seeds of our internationalisation were sown in the 1990s in Deventer, and coupled with the entrepreneurship of higher education, led to the exciting but sometimes bumpy ride that many of us providing English-taught higher education degrees have faced.”

“We learnt that a good student experience was one of the most important aspects of study abroad, notwithstanding the study programme, and we were determined to try and provide this in every way we could.

"I am so pleased that a number of the first graduates of 2005 are here today, Michael having travelled here from Shanghai and Alex from Hong Kong, where they both enjoy good lives and hold good jobs.

In 2010, Wittenborg moved from Deventer to Apeldoorn, forming a close relationship with the municipality of the city over the years. Today it has locations in Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna and this year have been recognised as one of the top small universities in the Netherlands and definitely one of the most international in the country.”

Birdsall's full speech can be read here.

WUP 16/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Education a Major Export for the Netherlands but it Needs to Import Young Talent

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:12

Higher education is one of the Netherlands’s major exports, but it has to import young talent and that is why educators like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences are so important.

This is according to Paul Zevenbergen, an executive board member of the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization NVAO, who was the guest speaker at Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala last Friday.

“The Netherlands is well-known for exporting cheese and flowers, but we have something else, something very powerful to export: higher education. And exporting higher education means importing young talent. This is what makes (the work) that educators like Wittenborg do, so important.”

Zevenbergen said the Netherlands is making good progress in achieving its higher education goals, however there is still a long way to go in terms of international orientation although business education is performing well in this regard. “Education should become more student-centred and not have the one-size-fits-all-classrooms approach.”

Zevenbergen congratulated Wittenborg on being ranked as one of the top 4 higher education institutions in International Business Administration (IBA) and on 30 years of making a meaningful contribution to higher education in the Netherlands. “Also congratulations on expanding your activities to Vienna and Amsterdam. This is a confident sign that Wittenborg is doing well and is ready for at least another 30 years!”

Zevenbergen spoke about the “magic of education” and asked guests at the gala to think about how education has changed their lives.

“Education enables us to find our way in life and to help others to do the same. It emancipates in terms of providing opportunities to everyone, broadens our perspective and we learn to think for ourselves. It makes us curious. As Einstein said: ‘I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.’

“Education also connects people and here at Wittenborg many international connections are made. Connection is what we need most nowadays. Tensions seem to build up. Gaps seem to widen and deepen. But time and time again, when connections are created, tension become detente, gaps are bridged and escalation de-escalates.

“Connection requires mutual understanding, respect, caring for our world and society we live in. Even business boils down to making good deals and good deals are about connecting and delivering mutual benefits. Unless you are in business of exploiting people and Wittenborg certainly does not teach you that,” Zevenbergen told students.

WUP 15/11/2017

by Anesca Smith

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Wittenborg Adds Value to Dutch Education System says Head of Nuffic, Freddy Weima

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:15

'Wittenborg proves that private universities and internationalisation play a very important role in the Dutch higher education system', the director-general of Nuffic, Freddy Weima believes.

Weima was a guest speaker at Wittenborg's 30th anniversary celebration at the Apeldoorn City Hall on Friday. Nuffic is the Dutch agency for the promotion of internationalisation in higher education.

Weima, in congratulating Wittenborg said that international experience adds an invaluable dimension to a student’s training. “International cooperation can really help international relations and peace processes. I think we have to meet the world to understand the world.

"You look at internationalization these days and I think we are doing quite well. For instance, this year for the first time in history the Netherlands welcomed over a 100 000 students – many of them here (at Wittenborg) by the way! The Netherlands is still the non-English speaking country with the most English study programmes.

"Given these realities, I think it is very important that we have institutes like Wittenborg. Wittenborg proves that private universities can also be very important to the Dutch higher education system and internationalisation.

"I am pleased to say that Wittenborg and Nuffic has a very good relationship. For instance, Wittenborg is an enthusiastic participant in our Study in Holland campaign and a welcome guest at the pavilion of the biggest European Fair on internationalization EAIE and an active participant in the Orange Tulip Scholarship. Many more reasons to congratulate Wittenborg again. But I am not only looking backward at those 30 years, but also looking forward to the years to come and cooperating with Wittenborg in the years to come. 'Study in Holland', 'Make it in the Netherlands' and 'Stay in touch, with the Dutch!'."

This week is the Week of the International Student in the Netherlands.

WUP 15/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Style

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:36

Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala went down a blast with guests, alumni, students and staff this weekend at the Apeldoorn City Hall. It was a celebration of all the institution’s successes, the past 30 years and the countless students who have graduated from its programmes.

There was dancing, heart-pounding African music, meeting up with old friends, making new friends, breathtaking gala dresses, snacks, drinks and even a photo booth where more than 700 photos were taken in the end!

Most of all there was dancing.

Students from different nationalities also showed of traditional attire which was a hit with the crowd.

The guest list included the 'who’s who' of the Netherlands’ international higher education sector, among others Freddy Weima, the director-general of Nuffic (the Dutch agency for the promotion of internationalization) and Paul Zevenbergen, managing director of the 

Dutch Flamish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). Also in attendance was the ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal. Guests were welcomed at the city hall by local councilor, Johan Kruithof.

Guests were entertained with a special Viennese Waltz performed by members of staff, including Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall and CEO Maggie Feng, who trained for weeks. Alumni came from as far as Hong Kong and Shanghai and students and staff from Wittenborg Amsterdam and Wittenborg Vienna was also in attendance.

Weima, in congratulating Wittenborg, said that international experience adds an invaluable dimension to a student’s training. “International cooperation can really help international relations and peace processes. I think we have to meet the world to understand the world.”

In his speech, Birdsall recounted some of the highlights of Wittenborg’s early years. “The seeds of our internationalisation were sown in the 1990’s in Deventer, and coupled with the entrepreneurship of higher education led to the exciting but sometimes bumpy ride that many of us providing English-taught higher education degrees have faced.”

Also at the Gala was the deputy vice chancellor of the University of Brighton, Professor Chris Pole, members of Wittenborg's Advisory Board, members of the Gelderland provincial legislature, David Pho who is the former education attaché of the Beijing Embassy in the Netherlands, Chris Dutton who is the deputy head of Brighton's School of Service Management and Sport, and representatives of Saxion University of Applied Sciences


WUP 13/11/2017

by Anesca Smith

©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg 30th Gala - 'Strictly Come Dancing' Video

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:37

A group of Wittenborg Students and Staff entertained guests at #WTBG30 – Wittenborg’s 30th anniversary gala with a magnificent attempt at the opening dance – a Viennese Waltz – to emphasis Wittenborg’s newly opened location in Vienna. See this wonderful video of the preparations – Wittenborg Strictly Come Dancing! Watch this:


WUP 12/11/2017

by James Wittenborg

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Wittenborg University 30th Anniversary Gala! An event to remember!

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 19:46
Wittenborg University 30th Anniversary Gala! An event to remember!   Wittenborg celebrated its 30th anniversary in style - a gala evening of speeches, entertainment, music and good company! Want to see more pictures? - go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wittenborg.university.eu/   

WUP 11/11/2017


by James Wittenborg

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Saxion Lecturer now MSc Student at Wittenborg

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 18:40

New MSc student, Theo Nagel, is a shining example of lifelong development.

Nagel has worked for about 40 years in the tourism industry and for almost 10 years as a lecturer to MBA students at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Deventer. This autumn he enrolled at Wittenborg as a part-time student for its MSc programme in International Tourism Management, although he continues to guest lecture at Saxion and other institutions. In addition he owns a company TDI Travel & Incentives and works as an independent consultant for companies in the travel trade.

Why did you decide to do a master's degree?
“I wanted to combine the years of experience I have in the industry with academic excellence. I think there is a gap in understanding tourist behavior and responding to their needs as a sector. The key words for me are innovation and client understanding.”

Why study at Wittenborg?
“Pure luck! There are not many institutions that offer a master's degree in tourism management and even less that offer it part-time. I met with Wittenborg’s admissions officers over the summer and was impressed with their professionalism.”

What is it like being a student after years of being a lecturer?
“Obviously, I have a lot of experience so sometimes I have to bite my tongue and remind myself that I am here to learn!”

What has been his impression so far after attending some lectures this week?
“We have an international classroom so it is great to hear about other people’s experiences and what motivates them. The lecturers (from Brighton University in the UK) are also very open-minded – I had thought they would be too British!”

What is his favourite travel destination?
"I could go half-way around the world to a five-star hotel or visit a small bed-and-breakfast right here in Holland – it is not about the destination, it is about the quality of the experience.”

WUP 8/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Dutch Student to Share her Experience of Studying at an International University at NXTLVL Education Fair

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:42

From 13 - 15 November the NXTLVL Education Fair takes place in Apeldoorn. Wittenborg student Anne-Lotte Keijzer was interviewed for the NXTLVL newspaper about her experience as a Dutch student at an international institute of higher education. Wittenborg is one of the institutions that will showcase their degree programmes to prospective Dutch students on the second day of the fair, 14 November, in the ROC Aventus building where the university is located. 

How old are you and where are you from?
I am 18 years old and from Apeldoorn.

What are you studying at Wittenborg?
I am a first-year student at Wittenborg doing an IBA (Bachelor) in International Hospitality Management.

Why did you choose to study at Wittenborg?
I like the international character of the university and am happy with my chosen programme. The fact that the entire programme is taught in English is also a plus for me.

What do you like about your studies?
The number of nationalities found at Wittenborg means everyone has something interesting to tell about where they come from and bring a touch of their own cultures to the classroom.

What has your experience of Wittenborg been so far?
Up to now I have liked it a lot. On Introduction Day I already met a few nice fellow students to hang out with.

Would you recommend studying at Wittenborg?
If you like an international student environment and have good English language skills, I would definitely recommend this institution.

What do you think of Apeldoorn as a growing student city?
I have lived in Apeldoorn my whole life and quite familiar with all its hotspots. It is not as lively as a big city, but very nice if you know the right places. It has all the facilities of a bigger city, but at the same time feels safe and familiar.

What advice would you give prospective students in preparing for their studies?
Go to as many open days as possible and consider all your options.

What are your study goals and career plans?
I would love to do an international internship and thereafter decide about my future. I am still unsure of which direction I want to go with my career but know I want to work internationally. That is why I think Wittenborg was a good choice.

WUP 6/11/2017

by Sinem Gülsen
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg Meets Students, Educators in Indonesia

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 17:52

On Tuesday 7 November, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will say goodbye to Indonesia after spending a packed week visiting high schools and education fairs, meeting educators, agents and officials in various parts of the country.

We even met up with some of our Indonesian alumni, like Agung Gani, who helped man the Wittenborg booth at the European Higher Education Fair in Jakarta this weekend!

Wittenborg was represented by senior admissions officer, Florian Oosterberg who flew to Indonesia almost two weeks ago. First stop was Surabaya - a port city on the Indonesian island of Java where the first Dutch Placement Days (DPD) took place. The DPD were organised by Neso Indonesia.

Here Florian gave a presentation and also spoke to prospective students, helping them fill out application forms and answering all questions about studying at Wittenborg and in the Netherlands. She also met up with various education officials who attended the fair. Among them was Peter van Tuijl, director of Neso Indonesia, as well as Marrik Bellen, former director of Neso China.

In between, Florian managed to visit high schools, such as the Cita Hati High School where she met with Patrick Nieuwenhuyzen, head of the English department at the school, which is well-known in the city. She also visited the Singapore National Academy, a high school that teaches Cambridge curriculum, meeting school counselor Judith Angelina and academic counselor Silvia Arista.

Furthermore, she met with agents such as Sun Education and encountered the manager and student counselors Galih Kusumawardhana, Karina Hadiwijaya and Athalia Veronica. “At both meetings we had fruitful discussions regarding promotion of studying in the Netherlands for Indonesian students.”

Another agency she visited was Optimal Education, which has not yet sent any students to the Netherlands, but is looking forward to working with Wittenborg.

Then it was off to Jakarta for another round of Dutch Placement Days in Erasmushuys – situated next to the Dutch embassy. On 4 and 5 November, Florian attends the European Higher Education Fairs Jakarta (EHEF) before flying home on Tuesday.

WUP 04/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg CEO Maggie Feng a Finalist for Business Award: Her Advice to Young Female Entrepreneurs

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 09:51

Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, is one of two finalists in the running for the Netherlands’ 2017 Ethnic Business Woman of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at a prestigious Gala Event on 25 November.

The other finalist is Eveline Wu, chef and owner of the restaurants De Kreeftenbar, MOOD, Soho and Wynwood. Both women were born and raised in China – Feng in Beijing and Wu in a small town close to Shanghai.

Were you surprised by the EZVN nomination?
"Pleasantly surprised! It is not very common for entrepreneurs in the education sector to be recognised by the business community for distinguishing themselves. We could almost be mistaken for being part of the public sector! The culture in the west of the Netherlands is also very different from that in the east – in the east we don’t shout so much about our achievements."

What do you see as the biggest achievement in your career?
"The ability to keep on learning and innovating myself by constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills."

What were the more challenging moments?
"When we lost students who had their whole lives ahead of them, like Chinese student Debbie Kuang in 2012 and more recently Russian student Ekaterina Zhuravleva who passed away in September this year. Of course, it is also hard when we lose staff like lecturer Ton Willems who passed away in January."

What advice would you give young female entrepreneurs?
"Stay curious about the world, keep learning and gaining new knowledge. If you have a good story to tell, keep telling it, but make sure that you have done your homework."

Gender equality seems to come very natural to you. Where does this confidence come from?
"I think it comes from my upbringing in China, where especially in the big cities like Beijing men and women are treated equally. For instance, when I came to the Netherlands I had never even heard of disparity in gender pay."

Have you always had this hunger for learning and drive?
"I think one of my key abilities is that I am a fast learner and I am curious about why and how things are happening. Things are very different now than with the previous generation where you were expected to stay in your field of expertise and not meddle in things that were none of your business.  I am not afraid to challenge ‘field experts’ in their territory. That is also the type of attitude I would encourage in other female entrepreneurs."

How will you use the platform given to you by the EZVN nomination?
"Being nominated means that you will be an ambassador for the award, and encourage more women from non-Dutch backgrounds to participate in business and be more visible in society."

Feng, who speaks English, Dutch and Mandarin, studied Engineering Management at the Beijing University of Technology, and came to the Netherlands as an exchange student where she met her husband Peter Birdsall, Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board. The couple have a 10-year-old son.

Besides her job as CEO - which includes being head of Wittenborg’s Research Centre, leading a major EU-funded project in sustainable energy – she is also a jury member of the Apeldoorn Business Awards and ambassador for the annual canal concerts in Apeldoorn. She has an MSc in Facility Management from the University of Greenwich in the UK.

WUP 02/11/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Apeldoorn Politician to Serve in New Cabinet

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:42

A politician from Apeldoorn is part of the new Dutch cabinet announced by premier Mark Rutte last weekend.

Paul Blokhuis (53), from the ChristenUnie (CU), will be secretary of state for health, social services and sport. He is one of three politicians from Gelderland province who will serve in the new cabinet leading the coalition government, the party announced on its website.

Wittenborg University has been located in Apeldoorn in Gelderland since 2010 and has a good relationship with the city. On 10 November, its 30th Anniversary Gala will be held at the city hall, which is also the location for its bi-annual graduation ceremonies. 

Blokhuis has been a councilor (wethouder) in Apeldoorn since 2006, and his field of expertise was also in social services and youth development.

WUP 31/10/2017

by James Wittenborg
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Tim Birdsall entertains and gets serious about soft skills approach to sales at ICEF Berlin 2017

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 17:19

Wittenborg provided a mixture of entertainment and serious examples of how to engage and motivate an audience today in a seminar given by Tim Birdsall at ICEF Berlin 2017.

The presentation focused on the soft skills required to present, whilst discussing sales techniques with a mixed audience of education providers and education agents.

Birdsall drew on examples of soft-skills used in corporate training that Wittenborg has recently provided to a range of multi-nationals, including Bayer, DHL, and IBM, and techniques that are also used throughout the university's curriculum - for instance in the twelve project weeks each undergraduate student has to complete, in which presentations, sales and persuasion and project management are important factors.

The hour long seminar was part of a series of seminars given on the first day of the event, which is attended by over 850 education providers, 100 service providers and more than 850 education agents, and was well received by the audience of over 100.

Tim Birdsall is Sales Director at Wittenborg, alongside his own commercial activities and he is also director of Wittenborg University Network (WiNet), that provides made-to-measure nonacademic training for companies and organisations.

WUP 29/10/2017

by James Wittenborg
©Wittenborg University Press

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Visit from Chinese Embassy as Wittenborg Works Towards a 2+2 Degree Programme with Chinese Partner

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:03

A delegation of the Chinese embassy in the Netherlands recently visited Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences where they met with Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, to discuss among other things collaboration with other institutes of higher education in China.

“Wittenborg is actively seeking partnerships in China,” Feng said. It wants to establish a 2 +2 degree programme in the next two years, whereby students study for two years at Wittenborg and two years at a Chinese partner university.

Preparation towards this goal started a year ago, and as Feng said, it is important to find the right match for Wittenborg in China, so certain requirements have to be met.

The delegation was made up of Mr Qingyu Meng, Education Attaché of the Chinese embassy in the Netherlands, and Mr Michael Wang, Second Secretary of the embassy’s Education Section. The meeting was facilitated by Simon Boon, Wittenborg ambassador, who brought the visitors from The Hague to Apeldoorn.

Feng said it was a fruitful meeting. “Wittenborg received in-depth information from Mr Meng on the vision of internationalisation of Chinese education in general, as well as good advice on developing relations with Chinese institutes of higher education.”

Feng also briefed the visitors on the state of Dutch private higher education, since Wittenborg is a private institute. Also discussed was how applied sciences and professional education can be promoted in middle and higher education in China.

WUP 27/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
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New Education Minister is Advocate for Internationalism

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:29

The Netherlands has gained a new ambassador for internationalism in higher education with the appointment of Ingrid van Engelshoven as the new Dutch minister of higher education, culture and science.

This is good news for Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, which is one of the most international universities in the Netherlands, where at any time over 80 nationalities work and study together in one of the 3 locations: Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Vienna.

Van Engelshoven, from the social-liberal party D66, replaces Jet Bussemaker who was minister from 2012. Before joining parliament, Van Engelshoven was a councilor in The Hague where she was a big advocate for equal opportunities in education.

The Dutch premier, Mark Rutte, presented his new cabinet this weekend after it took the new coalition government - comprising of the VVD, CDA, D66 and the CU - 7 months to reach a coalition agreement.

Van Engelshoven joined the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) in March. In the run-up to the election she came out strongly in favour of internationalism. “It goes without saying. You would expect everyone to be for internationalism, but since there are a lot of promises being made, it might be a good idea to include it in the coalition agreement so it can be backed by funds,” Scienceguide reports.

The coalition parties seem to have listened to this advice, as the new agreement promises more scholarships for students from outside the EU.

Source: ScienceGuide

WUP 25/10/2017

by James Wittenborg
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Pace of Student Intake at Wittenborg Quickens at Start of 4th Quarter

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:38

Wittenborg had one of its highest 4th quarter intakes this week with more than 50 new students who started their classes on Monday (Block 2), after participating in Introduction Week activities over the past few days.

Wittenborg registrar, Santosh Aryal, said there has also been a 17% increase in Dutch students compared to this time last year, with more expected in the last quarter of the calendar year. “This is due partly to the many different education fairs Wittenborg has attended the past year in many parts of the Netherlands, which are usually well-attended by Dutch students.”

Wittenborg’s other campuses, in Amsterdam and Vienna, have also seen some growth.

The new students are from at least 26 countries. These include Canada, Italy, China, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Romania, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Luxembourg, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Belarus, Thailand, Norway, Macedonia, Cameroon, Bulgaria, Greece and Egypt.

On Thursday, the new students were welcomed over lunch by the chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall. He spent some time informing them about Wittenborg’s upcoming 30th anniversary Gala on 10 November, and what they could do to get involved, while at the same time celebrating their own countries by showing off their traditional attires.

Mr Birdsall said: “It will be fun to be involved in a celebration of Wittenborg’s international character, especially as it coincides with the launch of the Week of the International Student.”

WUP 23/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
©Wittenborg University Press

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Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, Meets with Romanian Students in Amsterdam

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:48

Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, recently met with four students from the Entrepreneurship Academy in Romania who were on a visit to the Netherlands as part of an exchange trip with Team Academy. The Academy, an international school for entrepreneurship in Amsterdam, recommended they visit Wittenborg.

The group met with Feng at Wittenborg Amsterdam where she fielded questions about Wittenborg and what it stands for.

One of the group members and first-year student, Smaranda Vlad, said one of their tasks during the exchange was to visit businesses in the Netherlands which are operating in their area of interest. 

"Four of us are very interested in education and the differences between the traditional ways of teaching and all other systems. We have all either participated in different educational projects in Romania and worldwide, or have been educated in private schools."

WUP 19/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Meet the New Corporate Face of Wittenborg

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:37

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has a new external relations officer.

Bert Meeuwsen, senior lecturer at Wittenborg and head academic supervisor, has been appointed in the position, effective from 1 October. He will take over some of the duties of Adrianne Jonquiere-Breure, Wittenborg’s work placement coordinator who also handled external relations.

Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, said Meeuwsen will focus on growing a firm external network in the professional field towards the further development of Wittenborg. “He will be the corporate face of Wittenborg.”

Meeuwsen, who joined Wittenborg in 2016, has an MBA and Master degree in Education. He has more than 30 years of experience in international business with commercial and non-profit organisations and is well-versed in cross-cultural education.

He expressed a lot of enthusiasm for his new role: “Wittenborg students have the possibility of obtaining adequate working experience on a Bachelor level within various organisations in the Netherlands and abroad. These practical educational activities are to the benefit of the student as well as the organisation they are active in.”

With some exceptions, Wittenborg’s Bachelor Degree Programmes generally require students to do an internship in the 3rd year of their studies. Students doing a Bachelor in Hospitality Management (BHM) programme have to do an extra 12-week work placement period, the so-called in-company training, on top of the normal internship of around 5 months.

The goal of the internship is to allow students to apply and supplement the knowledge they have acquired during their academic training, so that students can learn skills that will prepare them for their professional activities, make them more employable, and promote their entrepreneurial abilities.

WUP 16/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
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Many Wittenborg Staff are Alumni from Dutch Education - Week of the International Student

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:43

From 13 – 17 November the Netherlands will celebrate the Week of the International Student.

International students in the Netherlands are estimated to contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury. Almost 40% stay on after graduation, including many graduates from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, which is celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year.

If you are an alumnus from Wittenborg, we would love to hear your story!

In fact, many international alumni from Dutch higher education currently work at Wittenborg as academic and support staff.

These include Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall (MA.Ed) – British and Swiss nationality – who graduated from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in 1997, and continued with a Master of Arts in Education Management through the UK Open University. Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng (MSc) from China completed a bachelor's degree in Information Services Management in the Netherlands, before doing a Master of Science in Facility Management from the University of Greenwich, UK.

Also Dutch graduates are the head of Wittenborg’s School of Business, Dr Rauf Abdul, originally from Pakistan, and the head of its School of Hospitality, Esther Gitonga-Bakker, from Kenya, as well as tutor and lecturer George Bosire, also from Kenya. Abdul earned his PhD in September 2015 from the University of Twente, while Gitonga-Bakker and Bosire are currently working on theirs at the University of Wageningen and the Business School Netherlands, respectively.

Among other Dutch alumni working at Wittenborg is student registrar, Santosh Aryal from Nepal, who was one of Wittenborg’s first bachelor's degree graduates. Lecturers include Adeyemi Banjo from Nigeria (MSc, MBA), who joined Wittenborg University in 2010 where he has been lecturing to date, lecturer Lucy Omwoha from Kenya, who completed her MSc in Event Management at Wittenborg and the University of Brighton in the UK, and also the head of process tutoring, Myra Qiu from China, who earned her MSc in Event Management from Wittenborg and Brighton this year. 

International support staff who graduated in the Netherlands are Kriszta Rostás, education and quality support officer from Hungary, who did a master's degree in Economics & Business from the University of Utrecht, communications officer Anesca Smith from South Africa, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management in 2013, and admissions officer Tri Adiyanti Setiawan (MSc), who completed her master's degree in International Tourism Management at Wittenborg in 2017.

WUP 14/10/2017

by Anesca Smith
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