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The Netherlands is one of the top six countries in the world with the most prestigious universities

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:20
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The country increased its share of institutions in a global ranking of universities who enjoys the most respect and admiration from leading academics around the world.

The results of the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings show the Netherlands, together with Australia and France, has 5 institutes in the top 100 – last year it had 4 institutes in the top 100. The list is dominated by the so-called super league universities in the United States and Britain which combined have 55 institutes in the top 100, followed by Germany who has 6. The top 3 universities on the list are: Harvard University in the US, followed by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford which are both in the UK.

The Netherlands however holds its own with 5 institutes in the top 100 which makes it one of the top 3 most prestigious countries in Europe when it comes to institutes of higher education.

And in the Netherlands Wittenborg University is one of the most international institutes in the country by boasting more than 60 different nationalities among staff and students – punching way above its size.

 Times Higher Education partnered with Elsevier to disseminate the Academic Reputation Survey on which the results are based. Questionnaires, which asked participants to nominate up to 10 of the best institutions in their field of expertise, were completed by 10 000 academics selected to give a statistically representative sample of global scholars. Responses from more than 140 countries were received.

THE’s ranking editor, Phil Baty, wrote in a special supplement to magazine, that “a strong reputation helps universities to attract global talent and funding; attracting global talent and cash (in turn) help to sustain strong reputations”.

“A strong reputation not only indicates current success but also drives future fortune. It helps universities to draw in investment and raise philanthropic funds. Perhaps most importantly, it helps attracts the best students and scholars. So there is a great deal riding on these data, it is essential that the research underpinning the results is robust.”

Source: www.timeshighereduction.co.uk

WUP 30/3/2015

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Wittenborg Research: What stops SME's from Adopting Sustainable Energy Solutions?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 22:14
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What are the obstacles and the barriers preventing SME’s from adopting sustainable solutions for renewable energy?
Wittenborg University, one of the Dutch partners of the GREAT-project, recently explored this question by doing small-scale research among SME’s in Belgium and the Netherlands in conjunction with its Belgian counterparts, leading to interesting results. Senior Wittenborg lecturer, Dr Saskia Harkema, was involved in the research.

SME's indicated one of the main reasons why they would adopt and implement "green energy" is to improve their company's image. Tax advantages and attracting new customers was also cited as good reasons to invest.

On the downside, high costs associated with the implementation of such a policy was mentioned as one of the main barriers for shying away from sustainable solutions. Though, in the Netherlands this is seen as less important than in Belgium. However the biggest barriers for SME's not investing was listed as not finding appropriate personnel and the low impact of organizational activities on the environment.
Nonetheless, the majority of SME’s agreed that the investment in the long term is worth more than the initial costs in the short term. All of them indicated they wanted more information environmentally friendly plans that could have a positive impact on the performance of the their organizations.

Return on investment is the most important indicator to determine the level of possible investments that should be made. Most companies define that in terms of  pay-out time, instead of effectiveness and efficacy. Companies want to see results within 5 years, sometimes even after 1 year.
When speaking to SMEs and intermediate organizations that work with SMEs, they indicated to researchers that investing in sustainability is not a priority and this may have to do with the fact that the relative advantage is not self-evident and it is additionally not seen as a key factor of success to invest in sustainability, for the overall functioning and performance of the organization. Also uncertainty of the outcome may be a reason to not be among the early adopters or early majority, but to wait and see how other companies deal with this.

The research report noted that environmental and context characteristics are important factors in creating the conditions at national and international levels to encourage usage and implementation of sustainable energy sources. It found that further research is needed to understand what the relation is between the environmental context and the behavior of SME's.

The research concluded that communication channels are a key factor of success in raising awareness, and persuading adopters to act on that awareness. The GREAT-project is investing heavily in this by organizing and speaking at a variety of conferences and attending events to gather information and gain a deeper understanding of obstacles hampering the adoption process.

At a recent workshop organized as part of the international Cleantech Tomorrow Event, held in the city of Apeldoorn, participating SME's indicated that if there was an accessible and user friendly tool that would help them in the decision making process to determine what a suitable solution would be, this would certainly be very helpful. They feel that they cannot make an informed decision at present, because of the complexity. Further research will be carried out to understand what constraints  SME's face in adopting renewable energy technologies and solutions

WUP 26/3/2015

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Students Who Go Abroad are More Creative and Independent, says Nuffic Chair

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 21:36
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People who spend at least part of their studies abroad are more creative in solving problems, find a job quicker and often their starter salaries are higher than that of their peers. This is according to Freddy Weima, chairperson of EP-Nuffic’s board of directors. EP-Nuffic is the Dutch organization promoting internationalization in higher education.

Weima recently expressed concerns about the fact that there are less Dutch students doing an internship or studying abroad compared to their contemporaries in other European countries. This came to light in a study done by ResearchNed which showed young Dutch people prefer to stay close to their families in Holland rather than seek adventure and experience abroad.

“Spending part of your studies abroad carries so much value. You meet new people and become more independent because you have to rely on your own wits to survive in a foreign environment.

The majority of students at Wittenborg University are from abroad while its Dutch students made a conscious decision to study in an international environment.

According to the ResearchNed study the biggest obstacle preventing Dutch students from studying going abroad is a reluctance to be separated from family, friends or a partner (39%). One respondent said: “I am currently living with my parents and leaving them is already a big step. To leave them and the country will be too much for me.”

Weima said many people, once they enter the job market, regret not going overseas while they were studying. From the study it appears that 70% of parents encourage their children to take a gap year between high school and university, instead of standing in their way. A further 57% even stimulate their children spend their undergraduate studies abroad.

Source: www.nuffic.nl

WUP 22/3/2015

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Students can Now Apply to Join Wittenborg's Shanghai Business Field Trip 2015

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:51
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Students wishing to experience life in China can join Wittenborg’s annual Shanghai Business Field Trip which will take place from 5 – 14 June 2015. Bachelor, Master and MBA students are all welcome to come along - the deadline for applications is 6 April.

The trip counts as an extra, International Project Week and those who join will receive 1EC. It will combines cultural experiences with educational activities. Those wishing to partake can email myra.qiu@wittenborg.eu

The trip might even give students enough of an appetite for China to do an internship there or seek employment after graduation.

Frank Lenhardt, founder of InterChina, recently had students at Wittenborg spellbound with a presentation on how to best navigate life in China if you’re a foreigner and the differences in business culture between China and the West.

Lenhardt is like the pied piper. Listening to him makes you want to up your life and follow him to China where you will find an internship and live happily ever after. He somehow manages this without sugarcoating the problems in the country. His company, InternChina, specializes in facilitating internships and jobs for foreigners in China.

“Normally in a country of this size there would be at least 7 different time zones. In China there is one language, one time zone and one political party,” Lenhardt, who has been living in China for 8 years, told students.

According to him huge income gaps in China persists – about 100 million of its 1,4 billion inhabitants live on less than one dollar a day – but it is very much possible for foreigners to find jobs in Chinese or multinational companies there.

Paid internships are not allowed by the government, but some companies will cover accommodation and some other expenses of students.. “In a Chinese company you will not only learn quicker about the business culture in China, but also pick up the language. At the same time, you don’t have to speak Chinese to do an internship in a small to medium sized local company. ”

 Internships are possible from anywhere between 6 weeks to a year. He also recommended to students that they stay with a local family (so-called homestays) rather than on their own in an apartment – unless they fiercely value their independence. “The Chinese are very friendly, but it is really difficult to bond with Chinese people as their inner circle tend to be closed to foreigners. It is important to take the first step if you want to get to know them.”

InternChina operates from three Chinese cities: Qingdao, Chengdu and Zhuhai. Lenhardt described Qingdao as a nice beach town which is not as congested as Beijing and Shanghai and close to the Holy Mountains for outings in nature. Chengdu is the fastest growing city in the world with many job opportunities.

More information on InternChina can be found on their website www.internchina.com

WUP 16/3/2015

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Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:10
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WUP 13/3/2015 - Korean Student Lands Internship after Project Week Presentation Impresses Company Manager

When Korean student, Jungmin Yu, prepared for her Project Week presentation on Friday, little did she know it would land her a possible internship.

Martin van der Have, sales & marketing manager at ABB Robotics, was in the audience when Jungmin did her presentation along with the rest of her group Friday morning at Wittenborg. He was so impressed with her presentation and thorough research into robotics and how to make people aware of its advantages, that he walked up to her afterwards and gave her his business card, inviting her to apply for an internship at the company.

Two weeks ago Van der Have kicked off Block 5 Project Week with a fascinating lecture on the use of Robotics in industry.

Jungmin (also known as Erin) is a first-phase IBA student specializing in Marketing and Communication. She jumped from joy when her group – comprising of herself, Qiulei Du and Siya Huang – was announced as the best presentation of the day.

In total 4 groups from Phase 1 presented in the Block 5 and 5 groups from Phase 2. Students received valuable feedback from both Wittenborg’s new Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat, and lecturer Dr Alexander Bauer. Bauer said its important for group members to all participate in the Project Week presentations as it give them a chance to practice their presentation skills which is a valuable asset in the business world.

WUP 13/3/2015

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Wittenborg Unveils New Website, Complements Bold Plans for the Future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 21:40
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WUP 10/3/2015 – Wittenborg Unveils New Website, Complements Bold Plans for the Future - Wittenborg University’s launched its new website on Monday, featuring stylistic changes that reflect its vision for the future and highlighting how far the university has come since its modest beginnings in Deventer to what it is today: A modern learning

Wittenborg directors, Maggie Feng and Peter Birdsall, said the digital look complements its bold development plans with improved navigation and functionality throughout.

“Our new site is more than an electronic folder on the internet,” said Feng and Birdsall. “We have lots to offer on the educational front along with with the fact that our university attracts interest from all over the world.”

Truly International

The students and staff at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn represent more than 60 different nationalities. “Continual maintenance and updating of the website is therefor paramount. Quick and easy access to relevant information about studies, accommodation and costs will receive priority.”

New Sections, Better Information

Working with a professional team of web designers and using the latest technology to ensure it is compatible with modern devices, the new homepage features an image slider which allows multiple pieces of relevant information a prominent space on the page.

This includes information about studies for prospective IBA and Master students, scholarships, internships, the latest news from Wittenborg and all you need to know about upcoming events.

Also featuring is information about Wittenborg’s educational partners such as the University of Brighton, as well as its business partners, Research Centre, Alumni and accredition updates. 

New, and adding a personal touch to prospective students’ experience of the site, are testimonials from current and former students telling the stories about why they chose to study in the Netherlands and at Wittenborg University as well as their internships and information about Apeldoorn, the small Dutch city where Wittenborg is located.

Exciting Times Ahead

The launch of the new website falls within an exciting period for Wittenborg. This summer the university will expand its campus to a new physical site, Spoorstraat 23 - which is  just a stone’s throw away from its current location which it will also maintain. The added location will house the university’s Research Centre, library and teaching facilities for its MBA and Master of Science programmes.

Having fully established its School of Business and Hospitality it now aims to set up a School of Art and Technology later in 2015 which will be developed in close cooperation with the industry.

WUP 10/3/2015

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Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 22:48
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Wittenborg Directors meet with the Wittenborg University “Face of 2007”  Wittenborg University has many alumni, and most graduates gain a job within a month of graduation, however Ray Yu and Cindy Chen from Wenzhou China were examples of students who knew where they were going before they even set pen to paper!

Back in Holland, for a visit to their student town of Deventer, the couple, who married after graduation from Wittenborg in 2007, met up with directors Peter Birdsall and Maggie Feng, at home of former Wittenborg finance manager Marion Balke, and were also joined by former lecturer Tanya Dimitrova, who now teachers at Erasmus University. Tanya is still an external member of the Wittenborg University Examination Board.

Although Ray and Cindy first met in China, Cindy came to Holland first to study at Saxion University in Deventer. Once Ray started at Wittenborg a year later, Cindy switched and joined him, eventually for them both to become a successful Wittenborg University alumni duo!

Talking about their experiences, Ray explained that he is still helping manage the family business, a large shoe manufacturer in China, something which he was “destined to do” He is currently talking to Scandinavian suppliers about a range of men’s shoe-wear.

Cindy on the other hand, went straight into “China-Corporate” and currently working for a technology manufacturing company  - the reason for this particular trip, an international trade fair in Cologne, Germany.

The couple were accompanied by their 6 year old daughter, who amused the Sunday gathering with her English words, “Apple Juice” and “Coolies” being the most popular. “Jerry” was most impressed when she spotted a picture of her Mum from before she was born – Cindy was the :face of Wittenborg University” for 2 years from 2007 to 2009, shown on the front of all Wittenborg brochures, and the website! – We tried to spot the difference – but China corporate is kind to its you employees!

WUP 8/3/2015

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Wittenborg University Lecturer Dr Saskia Harkema Now Also Teaching Company Executives in Paris

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 20:25
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Dr Saskia Harkema, senior lecturer and researcher at Wittenborg University, now also teaches high-flying executives at the International School of Management in Paris, France. She says having taught at different European institutes not only reinforced how professional Wittenborg is, but also showed her that the educational market is changing and being part of the so-called Ivy League club is no longer the main consideration for students when choosing a university.

Is Paris as an exciting place to teach as it sounds?

Yes, Paris is certainly interesting and exciting. The university where I taught is near the Eiffel Tower and every morning I had the chance to see it on my walk to the campus. I did not have much free time because I taught from 9am to 6pm, but I think Paris is also a great place for students - which is why they are able to attract such an interesting and diverse group of people.

Which modules do you teach at the International School of Management?

At present I am teaching a module called “New Product Innovation: Managing the Innovation Process” for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and PhD students from all over the world. The modules take place during intensive 3-day lectures since people fly in from everywhere because they hold executive positions in companies. In addition I have developed an e-learning module “Managing the innovation process”. That means, over a period of 3 months and through Skype sessions, I tutor students individually to go through the chapters of the books they have to use, carry out the assignments they have been given and discuss different topics. At present my students are from Mexico, Finland, Ethiopia and Canada.

How many students do you have and what is the profile of a typical student at the school?

I had 14 students from 10 countries who are executives in different industries and sectors. To give some examples: I had an international brand manager from the International Hotel Group which encompasses 4300 hotels worldwide, a Frenchman who had been a fighter pilot and now holds an important position in the field of Intelligence to counter terrorism in France as well as an American who has converted his farm into a training centre for managers. It is this diversity which makes it challenging and so much fun to work in!

Will it be an ongoing engagement?

I have signed up for one year, since my priority lies with Wittenborg and I would not want it to interfere with my obligations here. I foresee that working in these totally different environments can only be an advantage – for me and for Wittenborg.

Why were you interested in the job?

What really appealed to me is that the school solely targets executives and they have truly international groups. It has locations in South-Africa, Shanghai, New York, Brazil and France, so they cater for an international audience and approach. It also allows me to gain insight in the organizations the participants work for. In the group I recently taught there were people from the Hospitality Industry, Education, Lifestyle Industry, Banking, Merchandising, Consultancy and Business Intelligence.

What are the rewards of teaching international students?

The rewards are so big when you teach an international group because the dynamics are different than when you teach a homogeneous group. They learn from each other and I also learn from them. I was a bit worried this time because I had 5 Americans in my group and feared this would intimidate the rest, but nothing of the kind happened. There was genuine willingness to hear the different stories and share experiences.

What were the challenges in this new role? You mentioned that the classes are very intensive. Can you elaborate?

It was a real challenge to teach a group of Executives who have high expectations and standards in relation to the level of professionalism and know-how they expect from a lecturer. My approach in teaching is always that I do not merely see myself as an instructor, but try to establish a relation with the students. Learning does not only take place via the brain, but also via the heart. In connecting at these two levels, I believe people will be more receptive and their as well as my learning experience will be optimal.  

Do you teach at any other schools?

Incidentally I work for NCOI which also focusses solely on adult education. And I have set up a Foundation – Faces of Change – which works with and for refugees worldwide. We are a start-up but have recently developed a program to foster female Entrepreneurship in Jordan. It would be great if in future I could involve our students in projects we are starting to set up.

What can you say about the state of higher education in mainland Europe quality-wise having taught at a few universities here? How do you think it compares with the Ivy League likes of Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge?

Well, I have to say that it has made me see how professional Wittenborg is – and I really mean that. I think that it has what people search for in an educational surrounding: commitment and professionalism in combination with quality. Especially when you are not one of the big players. What it has also shown me is that the global landscape is changing rapidly. Even in emerging countries like Nigeria, Libya and Saudi-Arabia the incentive to raise standards and improve quality in education, are high. It was interesting to see that the American I mentioned earlier had all his kids going to Stanford, Harvard and Berkeley, but he chose to do his PhD at an international institute like ISM. So I think the educational market is innovating considerably and being part of the so-called Ivy League is not the sole consideration for students anymore. 

What is your favorite thing to do in Paris?

I love the food in Paris! So every evening I invited myself to a nice meal, with a good glass of French wine!

WUP 8/3/2015

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Hurry! Deadline to Complete NSE-survey This Week

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:25
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There are only 4 days left for students to fill in the 2015 National Student Survey! The deadline for the NSE-survey is on Sunday, 8 March. By participating, students provide valuable information to Wittenborg University which is used to improve services at the university. It also gives insight on how Wittenborg compares with other institutes - students can give their opinion on all sorts of matters such as the availability and affordability of accommodation in the city where they are located.

Did we mention there are also awesome prizes to win from the NSE and exclusive tickets to a Wittenborg party for students who fill in in the questionnaire and inform the Front Desk via  frontdesk@wittenborg.eu.

What is the NSE?

The National Student Survey (NSE: Nationale Studenten Enquête) is a nationwide survey researching students’ satisfaction with the higher education course they pursue in The Netherlands. Nearly all students in Dutch higher education are invited to participate every year.

How do students participate?

Students are asked to fill out a questionnaire on various aspects of their course programme, including its content, the skills they acquire, how well they are prepared for a career, the lecturers, the information and materials provided, the study facilities offered, testing and assessment, their programme schedule, study load and academic guidance and counselling. Students who have lost the invitation from the NSE – sent via an email from info@nse.nl - can also access the survey here.

Why participate?

·         By completing the survey, students directly help Wittenborg University improve the quality of its programmes and the student experience in general.

·         All data are collected anonymously.

·         All students in The Netherlands who participate inform the country’s higher education ranking system and provide valuable information to incoming students on making the right study choices.

What will Wittenborg University do with the results?

Using the feedback, Wittenborg will decide which areas to focus on for improvements in the year to come.

*Additional Information for Students

How long does it take to complete the survey?

The survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and covers all the aspects of studying at Wittenborg University: from programme content to available study facilities.

When will the results be available?

The results for NSE 2015 will be made public on Thursday, 21 May 2015 via www.studiekeuze123.nl. Wittenborg should also have the results available by then.

What are the incentives for completing the survey?

·         4 students will win a contribution of €953 towards their study fee

·         6 Apple Watches worth €400 are up for grabs

·         209 vouchers of €25 from bol.com

*Wittenborg students who take a selfie of them filling in the survey and send it to the Front Desk will receive tickets to an exclusive Wittenborg party on Friday, 13 March 2015.

What can I do if I did not receive an email invation from the NSE?

Students who have lost the invitation from the NSE can also access the survey here.

Who commissions the NSE?

The NSE is organised by Studiekeuze123. This foundation is an initiative of Vereniging Hogescholen (Higher Education Council), NRTO (Dutch Council of Training and Education), VSNU (University Association), as well as the student organisations LSVb and ISO. In this way, it aims to represent the entirety of Dutch higher education.

WUP 4/3/2015 

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Wittenborg University Welcomes its First Academic Dean

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:06
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Wittenborg University of Applied Science is delighted to welcome its first Academic Dean, Dr Jacques Kaat (PhD), whose appointment will be effective as of 1 March 2015. Before joing Wittenborg, Dr Kaat was the Academic Director at Webster University. He has broad experience with American, British and European higher education and accreditation systems.

One of his key tasks at Wittenborg will be to expand the reputation of the university through the development and consolidation of its academic programmes, and the enhancement of quality in education and (applied) research.

To this end he will work closely with Wittenborg’s directors in setting targets and rolling out initiatives for teaching innovation and programme enhancement. He will also develop and maintain strong working relations with colleagues in Wittenborg’s 5 current and forthcoming schools to ensure effective operational management. In addition, Dr Kaat will lead accreditation and validation projects and maintain Wittenborg’s compliance with national and international regulations and accreditation requirements.

In his free time Dr Kaat, who has an interest in culture and natural history, enjoys traveling and watching films. He translated two major works on wildlife, including one of the titles by BBC naturalist Sir David Attenborough (The Trials of Life). He is married and has two daughters (21 and 17).

Education and Qualifications

Dr Kaat obtained his MA in English Literature and Linguistics from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in 1984 in addition to his Teacher Training Certificate. In 1988 he attained his PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, specializing in comparative literature and reception aesthetics. 

Previous Positions

Before joining Webster University in 2000, Dr Kaat held positions at various educational institutes. This include:

·         Director Postgraduate Programmes (MBA, MSc) at NHTV University of Applied Science in Breda from 1998 to 2000. He was also instrumental in setting up collaboration between NHTV, Hogeschool Zeeland, Hogeschool de Horst and the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside in the UK.

·         Between 1991 and 1998 he was Head of the International Office at NHTV and the director of its MBA programme.

·         From 1989 to 1991 he worked at the Surrey Language Centre – both in Holland (Local Director) and the UK.

·         Between 1986 and 1989 he was an English and Dutch teacher at the American Community School in Cobham, UK.

·         He was also a Research Associate (Age and Cognitive Development Research Centre) at the University of Manchester’s Psychology Department.

Dr Kaat sits on various international accreditation panels, such as HETAC (now QQI, Republic of Ireland) and SKVC (Lithuania). Recent appointments include those to the review teams for the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC, 2014), the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA, 2014), and the Estonian Higher Education Quality Council (EHEQC, 2013).

WUP27/2/2015

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Wittenborg Gets Overwhelming Response to Holland Scholarship

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:45
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“An explosive, positive reaction.”  This is how Wittenborg’s Chairman of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, describes the huge number of enquiries the university has received from prospective students since registration for the Holland Scholarship programme aimed at international students was opened less than two weeks ago.

Wittenborg’s admission team has been inundated with applications. “Our inbox are overflowing,” says Wittenborg admission officer and marketing sales assistant, Florian Oosterberg. “This week alone we estimate to have received almost 200 applications. She assured applicants that all requests will be processed as quickly as possible.

If you are interested in applying for the Holland Scholarship or Wittenborg University's MBA scholarship, click here to fill in the application form. Oosterberg said once students have filled in the form, they will receive an email listing the documents they need to send. “Remember, for the process to start, we need those documents as soon as possible.”

Wittenborg University offers:

·         20 x €5 000 – Holland Scholarships available to study a Bachelor or Master degree

·         10 x €5,000 – MBA Scholarships

There is no deadline for application – students can apply all year!

According to Oosterberg enquiries about the scholarship has not only been coming in fast, but also from far and wide – this includes traditional markets like Asia and Africa, but also “new” territories like Peru, Georgia, El Salvador and Costa Rica. More than 60 nationalities are already represented at Wittenborg among its students and staff.

Information about other scholarships available to Wittenborg students can be found here.

Wittenborg is one of almost 50 Dutch universities participating in the Holland Scholarship programme announced by the Dutch government last year.  Every year 768 talented international students will receive the opportunity to do a Bachelor or Master degree in the Netherlands. Each will receive a financial contribution of €5 000 towards their studies.  The aim of the Holland Scholarship is to raise the profile of Dutch higher education and to encourage student mobility both into and out of the Netherlands.

Application criteria

·         Your nationality is non-EEA

·         You are applying for a full-time Bachelor or Master degree study at Wittenborg University

·         IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL Equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores. TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

·         There is no application deadline – you can apply all year!

·         You are a new student applying to Wittenborg University.

Why apply to Wittenborg?

·         All Bachelor and Master programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by European standards!

·         By combining research and practice, Wittenborg provides a solid base for our students to build a successful, exciting and secure career

·         Wittenborg is international - 20% Dutch and 80% International students from over 60 nationalities!

·         Double degree - from Wittenborg University of Applied Science and the University of Brighton, UK.

·         Wittenborg offers six entrée dates per year, which means six opportunities to start and to graduate.

·         Excellent student-centred experience, personal, customer-driven approach to Higher Education!

·         Wittenborg’s location Apeldoorn, the 12th biggest town in the Netherlands, provides a safe environment and is just an hour from Amsterdam

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Wittenborg University Appoints New Commercial Director for the Netherlands

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:02
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There is a new face in the management team of Wittenborg University. Dr Jan Waalkens has been appointed as Wittenborg’s new Commercial Director (Netherlands) as of 1 March 2015. Some of his main responsibilities will be enlarging and maintaining the university’s external business network in the region with the emphasis on seeking internships placements for its largely international student component and forging business relations.

He will also play a role in tailoring the university’s curriculum in line with company-specific needs. According to him a big part of the job will be about enhancing brand Wittenborg and making it a serious player in the landscape of Dutch international education.

“For a number of years I have been looking for a small, international university to work with and Wittenborg fits the bill. I also like its ambition and entrepreneurial drive in particular.”

Dr Waalkens is currently a senior lecturer in Media & Entertainment Management at Stenden University’s campus in Leeuwarden and responsible for a program for students whose studies have a longer duration. Previously he was a professor in Entrepreneurship at Stenden’s campus in Emmen.

He speaks Dutch, English, German, Italian and has a basic grasp on French. His wife, Beatrice Montesano, is an architect from Italy. The couple has an 11-year old son and a 15-year old daughter. Dr Waalkens spends his free time with his family and catching up on reading. “My ideal day off is reading all the Saturday papers with a huge pot of coffee, something my wife labels as doing ‘nothing’ and that is exactly what I like on such a day.”

Education and Qualification

Dr Waalkens graduated in Economic Geography in 1992 before he obtained his PhD (in absorptive capacity of SME’s in architectural and engineering agencies) much later in his career, in 2006, from the University of Groningen.

Previous Positions

Before working at Stenden University from July 2009 Dr Waalkens held several positions in the business and educational sector including:

  • Being a senior advisor for SEV Realisatie/Laagland Advies in Rotterdam between 2009 and 2010
  • From 2006 to 2008 he was director of the planning expertise and innovation centre PEIC in Groningen
  • Between 2000 and 2006 he was a lecturer and researcher in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Groningen.
  • From 1995 until 2000 he worked for the Business School of the University of Groningen, organizing postgraduate courses

WUP 25/5/2015

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Interview with new Wittenborg University lecturer Muhammad Ashfaq

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:29
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Teaching at universities in Germany as well as the Netherlands means a lot of early mornings and time spent on the road for new Wittenborg lecturer, Muhammad Ashfaq. Yet the energy and enthusiasm he exudes doesn’t give you any clue about his draining schedule.

He currently juggles a lecturing job at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, with his duties at Wittenborg and is a visiting faculty member of Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. In an interview he gave advice about personal development and explains why no one should be intimidated by numbers.

Welcome to Wittenborg University, Muhammad. Where are you from?

Pakistan.

Was education important in your family growing up?

I am the first person in my family to enter college and to graduate from a university even in Pakistan and abroad. So yes, they are very proud.

What was it like growing up in Pakistan?

Pakistan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The differences between Pakistan and Germany (or the Netherlands) is that here my mind was broadened. I worked for many companies and met amazing people from different backgrounds. That way your personality grows.

Can you say something about your experiences as an immigrant in Europe?

The first couple of months were very hard. I was looking for accommodation and couldn’t find any near university campus. Eventually I found a place 10 km away and traveled...

By public transport?

By public transport of my two legs (taps on his knees)… it was September and October and sometimes I only got home at almost midnight during heavy rains and strong winds blowing. At the time it seems very, very difficult but now when I go back to Coburg for teaching I remember it as the most valuable experience I could have had.

Which modules do you teach at Wittenborg?

I teach the Pensions and Investment module to undergraduates and will probably teach Management Accounting & Finance to MBA students.

And in Germany?

At Rhine-Waal I am a lecturer and staff member for the degree programme International Business and Social Sciences. At Coburg I am a visiting faculty member of their international MBA programme.

What is your career background?

Prior to joining Rhine-Waal University I was a team member of the Finance & Controlling Department at Schock GmbH and was employed as a specialist in finance at the Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH Germany, a subsidiary of Pfizer U.S. Corporation. This is but a few of the various positions I’ve held, including numerous guest lectures in the area of Islamic finance, banking, corporate finance, financial management, SME’s and Islamic law in various institutions and have conducted a TV lecture series at Paghiam TV.  Besides that, I’ve also written various research articles and attended and spoken at national and international conferences in more than 15 countries.

Why do you think many people find numbers – whether in Accounting or Mathematics – so intimidating?

I think it is human psychology – some people want to study communication-orientated subjects because they think it’s easy. In Mathematics and Finance you use formulas and you need to interpret the numbers and analyse statements – the brain works hard.

Why were you attracted to Financial Studies?

I was always interested in numbers, to interpret them and to make them meaningful. To find a short method and convey it in purposeful information for decision-making. That is the role of managers and which is what I did when I was working in the industry.

What sort of student were you?

While studying I knew clearly what my goals were and that guided me.

Why did you come to Europe?

Well, I came to Germany in 2009 for my Master degree in Finance at Coburg University. It was one of the most important decisions in difficult circumstances. That said, I had a wonderful time studying and working in Germany and Europe. I have been to many places and learned many things. I came here to see the world from my eyes and I have been to many wonderful cities and countries.

What inspires you about teaching?

I strongly believe in personal development and am convinced I can contribute to society through imparting the knowledge I gained in many world class institutions. My mission in life is to create value in my students and people through highly specialized training and teaching. One of my former professors, Khawaja Amjad Saeed, was one of the greatest people I have ever met.

What tips you can give to students regarding personal development?

Well, what I can simply tell them is to follow three things in life: hard work, stay focused and follow their passion. I believe these are the key traits for the most successful people.

Why you were interested in joining Wittenborg University?

Well, to be honest, I conducted one seminar (on international Marketing for SME’s) at Wittenborg last year and I was really inspired to see the commitment and engagement of the class. Wittenborg is one of the most reputed business schools and universities in Europe with a substantial number of international students. That is why I decided to accept the offer to teach here.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I like to travel and read spiritual books. I also like to read biographies of international leaders and inspirational people.

How do you motivate yourself to deal with challenging tasks?

What differentiates highly successful people from average people is their level of commitment and motivation. When I am heavily buried under many projects and work, I read inspiring books and I would like to share one of my favourite quotations. It’s from the philosopher Patanjali:

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

* Ashfaq holds a German MBA in Financial Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance and an MBA in Banking and Finance which he gained at the University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan with distinction. Apart from these qualifications. He holds several international certifications such as Certified International trainer from Australian Centre for Education & Training, Australia and Certificate in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from International Summer University Carinthia Austria and many more.

WUP 22/2/2015

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High Rise in International Students for The Netherlands

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 22:06
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WUP 19/2/2015 - High Rise in International Students for The Netherlands - The number of international students coming to the Netherlands has risen with 8.3% in the 2014-2015 academic year with a “spectacular” growth of almost 23% in the Technology sector, the Association for Dutch Universities (VSNU), said in a press release. Wittenborg University, having established its school of Business and Hospitality, aims to set up a school of Art and Technology in 2015 which will be developed in close cooperation with the industry.

The most popular area of study among international students remains the economy sector, attracting 27% of students admitted. Wittenborg offers an IBA in Economics and Management which is one of the pathways students can choose within the spectrum of the university’s Broad Bachelor model (the Bachelor of International Business Administration). The other pathways include an IBA in Hospitality Management, Marketing & Communication and Financial Services Management.

According to a press release from the VSNU 12 680 international students came to The Netherlands in the 2014-15 academic year compared to 11 712 the previous year and 11 155 in the 2012-13 academic year.

Popular among German, Chinese students

The top 5 countries supplying international students to The Netherlands are Germany (3103), China (1072), Italy (690), Greece (679) and Britain (619). Italy has overtaken both Greece and Britain in numbers compared to the previous year. Wittenborg's top student at its recent graduation ceremony, Maike Nuyken, is from Germany.

The chairman of the VSNU, Karl Dittrich, said the growth in international students is encouraging. “It says something about the appeal and quality of our higher education system. We come close to the much-sought after ideal of a true ‘international classroom’.”

After Economics, the most popular study areas for international students are the Social Sciences, Technology, Language and Culture as well as Law.

Drop in British Students

Compared to last year the number of British students has dropped in contrast to 2012-13 which saw a considerable rise in students coming to The Netherlands after university fees in Britain almost tripled. Furthermore a number of English-taught degrees are on offer in Holland. However, according to Nuffic, now more British students prefer to stay in their own country.

Source: VSNU

WUP 19/2/2015

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As Wittenborg University Master students pick up their prestigious MSc degrees at the Dome in Brighton, it is announced that International students can now apply for Holland Scholarships!

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 23:10
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WUP 16/2/2015 As Wittenborg University Master students pick up their prestigious MSc degrees at the Dome in Brighton, it is announced that International students can now apply for Holland Scholarships! Wittenborg University, part of programme has launched a special webpage for applications. Registration for the new scholarship programme offered by the Dutch government for international and Dutch students, opened today.

Wittenborg is one of the 48 universities of applied science and research universities participating in the Holland Scholarship programme announced last year.  Every year 768 talented international students will receive the opportunity to do a Bachelor or Master degree in the Netherlands. Each will receive a financial contribution of €5 000 from the government towards their studies.

The aim of the Holland Scholarship is to raise the profile of Dutch higher education and to encourage student mobility both into and out of the Netherlands.

Wittenborg University offers:

·         20 x €5 000 – Holland Scholarships available to study a Bachelor or Master degree at Wittenborg

·         10 x €5,000 – MBA Scholarships

·         There is no deadline for application – you can apply all year!

Why apply to Wittenborg?

·         All Bachelor and Master programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by European standards!

·         By combining research and practice, Wittenborg provides a solid base for our students to build a successful, exciting and secure career

·         Wittenborg is international - 20% Dutch and 80% International students from over 60 nationalities!

·         Double degree - from Wittenborg University of Applied Science and the University of Brighton, UK.

·         Wittenborg offers six entrée dates per year, which means six opportunities to start and to graduate.

·         Excellent student-centred experience, personal, customer-driven approach to Higher Education!

·         Wittenborg’s location Apeldoorn, the 12th biggest town in the Netherlands, provides a safe environment and is just an hour from Amsterdam.

Application criteria

·         Your nationality is non-EEA

·         You are applying for a full-time Bachelor or Master degree study at Wittenborg University

·         IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL Equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
 TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

·         There is no application deadline – you can apply all year!

·         You are a new student applying to Wittenborg University.

Interested?

If you are interested in applying for the Holland Scholarship or Wittenborg University's MBA scholarship, click here.

As part of the Holland Scholarship a total of 768 Dutch students will also receive a once-off scholarship of €1 250 to study, take up an internship or carry out research in a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for a minimum of 3 months.

The programme has been made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the VSNU (the Association of Universities in the Netherlands), the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and EP-Nuffic.

The drivers for the programme were the Joint International Vision document (drawn up by VSNU and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences) and the Internationalisation Vision Memorandum of the minister of education (June 2014). Forty-eight Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences are taking part in the programme. They will also cover half of the costs involved.

The minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, said an international experience adds a great deal of value for students. “Leaving the comfort of your familiar surroundings behind for a while to study or do a work placement in a different culture and in a different environment is truly an enriching experience.”

Importance of Internationalisation

The Holland Scholarship programme enhances the quality of university education through the international classroom. At the same time, the programme helps to ensure that the Netherlands remains a great place to study.

The Holland Scholarship makes it easier for Dutch students to take up an internship or pursue part of their studies abroad. An international experience helps students develop international skills, which will give them greater opportunities on the job market when they graduate. And the students themselves often regard a period of time abroad as a life-changing experience.

To gain more information on the Holland Scholarship for international students, click here.

Sources: http://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/holland-scholarship

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Wittenborg University signs pledge on the sustainable use of natural resources

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 23:01
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Wittenborg University has signed a pledge with 11 other parties in the public, private and higher education sector which promotes an agenda for the responsible use of natural resources, innovation and the production of clean technology in the Stendendriehoek region.

The agreement was signed at the recently held Cleantech Tomorrow Event in Apeldoorn where signatories pledged themselves to the sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion thereof. 

When it comes to the reduction of waste Apeldoorn, where Wittenborg University is located, is the top municipality in The Netherlands. The city has reduced waste to 149 kg per person per year, compared to the national average of 240kg per person.

At the two-day Cleantech Event Wittenborg showcased the EU-funded GREAT-project in which it is a research partner. GREAT aims to encourage communities as well as small to medium size enterprises (SME’s) to develop technological solutions for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Distributive Generation. It also promotes research and develop policy issues for regulatory authorities and provide structured co-operation opportunities between SMEs, research institutes and technology developers.

Other signatories of the agreement included the Apeldoorn Gemeente – under which municipal jurisdiction Wittenborg falls -, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Circulus Berkel, Solid Pack and the gemeentes of Deventer, Zutphen, Bronkckhorst, Brummen, Doesburg, Epe and Lochem.

Apeldoorn also has one of the highest waste sorting rates in The Netherlands. However, with the agreement, the region says it wants to aim even higher with the reduction of waste.

“There should be no wastage of perfectly re-usable resources. By using waste material as resource we can form a production chain that limits the utilization of primary resources. However, to achieve that, we need innovative partners. Their contribution – whether on an economic, environmental, technical and especially social level – can be applied at every stage of the production chain, from sourcing to processing,” the pledge read.

Paper is one of the first waste-streams which will be researched for optimal use. 

WUP 15/2/2015 

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National Student Survey (NSE / NSS) 2015

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 00:08
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Today sees the launch of the Dutch National Student Survey (NSE) 2015 at most Higher Education Institutions across the Netherlands. The National Student Survey gives all higher education students the opportunity to give their opinions on what they like about their study at the institution/course they are enrolled in, as well as things that they feel could be improved.

Information about the National Student Survey (NSE / NSS) 2015

What are the incentives for completing the survey?

  • 4 students will win a contribution of €953 towards their study fee 
  • 6 Apple Watches worth €400 are up for grabs 
  • 209 vouchers of €25 from bol.com 

*Wittenborg students who take a selfie of them filling in the survey and send it to the Front Desk will receive tickets to an exclusive Wittenborg party on Friday, 13 March 2015.  

What is the NSE?
The NSE is a full-scale annual survey carried out for StudieKeuze123 (StudyChoice123). It invites all higher education students in the Netherlands, studying at participating institutions, to give their views about the various aspects of their learning experience.

What topics does the NSE cover?
The NSE is a wide-ranging survey on many issues and aspects of a student’s learning experience, such as the content and focus of the degree programme; teachers; information provision by the programme institute; learning and study facilities; study load; and assessment and grading.

Why should Wittenborg University students take part in the NSE?
The NSE is a key feedback tool for Wittenborg University. By taking part in the NSE, our students help us improve the academic experience for our current and future students.

What will Wittenborg University do with the NSE results?
Using the feedback given, Wittenborg will decide which areas to focus on in the year to come. So, by taking part in the survey, all Wittenborg University students make a direct contribution to improving the quality of their programme.

What did the University do with earlier NSE results?
In the past year, Wittenborg has looked carefully at, the study load of certain modules in the programme, and the introduction of more generic academic modules in the Bachelor programmes. Also, Wittenborg has increased its efforts to provide improved quality student housing in Apeldoorn, and will continue to do so in 2014!

For what other purposes are the NSE results used?
The NSE results are used by organisations such as ‘Studiekeuze123.nl’ (www.studychoice.nl) and ‘Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs’ to provide programme information to incoming students. The Best Degree Programmes Elsevier Guide is also based on NSE data. These can be seen a kind of Ranking System of Higher Education in the Netherlands.

Aditional Information for Students:

When can I complete the NSE?
The survey will be open from 13 January 2014 through to 9 March 2014. An invitation will be sent to your Wittenborg email address (snumber@stud.wittenborg.eu ) with a link to the survey. Tip: complete the survey straight away! You will continue to receive reminders every two weeks until you complete the survey.

How can I take part in the NSE?
You will receive at your Wittenborg email address an invitation that includes a link to the survey. You will continue to receive reminders every two weeks until you complete the survey or until the survey closes on 9 March.  

How long does it take to complete the survey?
The survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and covers all the aspects of studying at Wittenborg University: from programme content to available study facilities.

Can I save the survey halfway through and come back to it later? 
Yes, you can. You re-click the link and continue where you left off.

What do I get for completing the survey?
This year, Wittenborg is offering a lottery prize. Students who send the confirmation email for completing the NSE 2014 to prize@wittenborg.eu will be entered into the competition. The prize is a flight ticket to Shanghai if the winner is taking part in the project week excursion to the Shanghai Business School this summer, or an Apple iPad Air.

What should I do if I do not receive an invitation email?
Only those students who are enrolled at Wittenborg University will be invited to take part in the NSE. If this applies to you and if the invitation email did not get spam-binned, contact the Student Registrar, Mr Santosh Aryal.

Who commissions the NSE?
The NSE falls under the responsibility of a Trust: the Stichting Studiekeuze123. Stichting Studiekeuze123 was initiated by the Council for Universities of Applied Sciences, the Dutch Council for Training and Education, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and the student organisations LSVb and ISO; it thus represents the entire higher education sector in the Netherlands.

Who administers the NSE?
The NSE is administered by Intomart GfK.

Is participation in the NSE confidential?
Participation in the NSE is confidential. The survey results will never be traceable to you personally and any reports from this survey will not identify any individuals. No reports will be made on groups of fewer than 10 students.

What are the incentives for completing the survey?

  • 4 students will win a contribution of €953 towards their study fee 
  • 6 Apple Watches worth €400 are up for grabs 
  • 209 vouchers of €25 from bol.com 

*Wittenborg students who take a selfie of them filling in the survey and send it to the Front Desk will receive tickets to an exclusive Wittenborg party on Friday, 13 March 2015.  

When will the survey results be available?  
The NSE 2015 results will be posted via www.nse.nl/online (in Dutch) on 22 May 2014, and of course Wittenborg results will be posted onwww.wittenborg-online.com and www.wittenborg.eu

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First Wittenborg MSc graduates to receive second degree from Brighton University in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 22:07
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Master of Science graduates from Wittenborg University who received their MSc degree at the 2015 Winter Graduation Ceremony on Friday will get a second degree from the University of Brighton on 13 February 2015. Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, will accompany them to the Brighton ceremony.

In September 2012 Wittenborg University admitted its first cohort of international Master of Science students, followed by another intake in September 2013. This winter they have finalized their studies and last Friday received their MSc degrees in respectively International Hospitality Management, International Event Management and International Tourism.

Adding further value to the prestigious achievement is that due to Wittenborg’s partnership with the University of Brighton in the UK, these graduates have earned a double degree. This means that on top of the certificate they received on Friday from Wittenborg, they will also receive a degree from Brighton on 13 February in the United Kingdom.

In total 8 students graduated on Friday at a ceremony held at the Apeldoorn Gemeentehuis where the mood swung from highly emotional to pure delight. 

One graduate who inspired the audience is Lucy Omwoha who is from Kenya but lives with her family in the Dutch city Arnhem.  She completed her degree in International Event Management whilst balancing life as a wife, mother and working for an NGO.

“One has to be a good planner, time conscious, dedicated, passionate to what you do. Reminding yourself of the end goal is a hands on motivation. It gives a lot more joy making it easier to attend to all without feeling them as burden.” She will now pursue a PhD degree. She chose Wittenborg because of its flexibility and its partnership with Brighton as well as the fact that she was able to complete her degree within one year.

The guest speaker on Friday, Apeldoorn’s locum-mayor Johan Kruithof, congratulated the graduates and said to be an international student takes courage as you have to persist through times away from loved ones. “We at the Apeldoorn Gemeente are proud and excited about having a growing contingent of international students in our midst, enriching life in Apeldoorn with their different cultures.”

Since 2007, Wittenborg has worked closely with the University of Brighton, mainly with the School of Service Management and Sport, based in the town of Eastbourne.

The partnership has now developed from what was initially a possibility for students to do their final year in the UK, to Wittenborg fully offering dual-taught Master of Science programmes in Apeldoorn, and developing joint research projects with its counterparts in the UK.

MSc modules are all jointly taught by lecturers from Wittenborg University and the University of Brighton, using the same British curriculum and standards.

What were graduates’ impression of the programme?

Bernadette Yolanda, who did an MSc in International Event Management, says one of the main reasons she chose Wittenborg was because of its dual-degree partnership with Brighton.  “My favorite module was Event Project Management. As a group we organized a fashion event in Apeldoorn once. We had to decide start about the theme, venue selection, logistics and even the advertising campaign. It was really interesting because I feel we jumped directly into the practicalities of organizing an event.” She will now focus on finding a job – probably in the fashion retail sector.

Emmanuel Onyeke from Nigeria who completed an MSc in International Hospitality Management says he will return to his home country to exploit the emerging hospitality industry. He chose Wittenborg for its multicultural environment. “I would recommend the Netherlands as a study destination. I stayed in Apeldoorn during my studies and the city is quiet and perfect for students to concentrate on their academic work. My advice for current and future students is to concentrate on and prioritize their studies while in the Netherlands because there are various extra circular activities in the country that can easily distract a student from achieving this goal.”

WUP 10/2/2015

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A top Wittenborg University Graduate speaks to Anesca Smith

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 23:10
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The secrets of a super achiever: Wittenborg's top IBA-graduate Maike Nuyken shares her study tips! What is the secret to graduating at the top of your class? One graduate who knows the answer to this question is German student, Maike Nuyken, who just managed to achieve the highest pass rate ever for a bachelor student at Wittenborg University. Her future plans include opening a small hotel in the Netherlands with fellow honors-graduate, Marius Zurcher, from Switzerland.

Congratulations on your tremendous achievement, Maike. Which degree did you earn?

An IBA in Economics and Management.

What advice can you give other students on achieving your study goals?

I think my secret was to prioritize my studies and focus clearly on them. Try to organize everything around your studies – after all it is three years of your life so it’s important to do well. Another tip is to maintain a good balance. Between studies take a break and go for a walk outside to clear your head.

Your final score for your graduation assignment was 9.4. How did you tackle it?

In the beginning it was really hard, I did not know where to start. I needed a lot of time to organize my thoughts around it before actually putting pen to paper. Then I collected the information I needed and structured it.

Would you like to do you Master degree at some point?

Yes, but because I’m starting my own business it isn’t really a necessity now.

Tell me about your business plan.

My plan is to start a hotel in Netherlands with (fellow honors graduate) Marius Zurcher. The concept has not completely been worked out, but we are looking at three locations at the moment. Our idea is create a place that is cozy and feels like home, but still modern and simple.  I like living in the Netherlands – people are friendly and open, the culture is appealing and the landscape is beautiful. In the Netherlands there is also a better quality of life for the majority of people.

Why did you choose to study at Wittenborg University?

It is small, international, got a family atmosphere and you have six opportunities per year to start and to graduate.

What were some of the challenges you faced as a student?

 It wasn’t easy to find an apartment, as many people won’t rent out apartments to students.

Would you recommend the Netherlands as a study destination?

Definitely – but not as a low-budget one.

In which city did you stay while studying and what were your impressions of that city?

I stayed in Apeldoorn. It was quiet but has everything you need.  I enjoyed how green Apeldoorn is, its surroundings of the Veluwe and that it is centrally located in the Netherlands, as well as close to Germany.

Which people at Wittenborg inspired you?

(Senior lecturer) Karin Pelle because she managed to stay so calm, friendly and supportive during project weeks even when things were chaotic and she had to manage so many students.

What advice would you give current/future students about studying in the Netherlands?

Try to learn Dutch and learn about the country and culture and visit different areas and sights.

WUP 8/2/2015

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Wittenborg University Winter Graduation Ceremony

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 22:27
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WUP 6/2/2015 - Wittenborg University Winter Graduation Ceremony - There was special cause for celebration at Wittenborg University’s Winter Graduation Ceremony this year: The university presented its first group of Master of Science graduates to the world and, in addition, two of its Bachelor students, Maike Nuyken (Germany) and Marius Zürcher (Switzerland), graduated with honors.

Guest speaker, Johan Kruithof who is the Apeldoorn deputy-mayor, told the graduates they have not only learned academic skills at Wittenborg. You have also learned the courage to stand up in front of a room full of people and make a presentation. You have learned to speak to the stranger next to you from Germany, from China, from the Congo. You have learned to work together in groups and motivate yourself and each other. You have discovered how strong you really are. “

According to  him the Apeldoorn Municipality is proud and excited about having a growing contingent of international students (and staff from Wittenborg) in its midst, enriching the city with their different cultures. “As we all know, economic growth and recovery needs innovation. It needs high level human capital. It needs out-of-the-box thinking.”

Wittenborg director, Peter Birdsall, said graduates were only a student for a short time of their lives, but will be alumni of Wittenborg forever. “We want you to look back and be proud of where you studies which is why we invest in the name, programmes and reputation of Wittenborg. As alumni you can help our reputation by becoming successful politicians, captains of industry, academics.”

Almost half of today’s Bachelor graduates are from the Netherlands.

Marius Zürcher from Switzerland is one of two students who graduated with an honors-degree. Together with the other honors-student, Maike Nuyken from Germany, he wants to start a small hotel in the Netherlands. He was described by his tutor as a “very focused” student who anyone will feel proud to have supervised.

Lilian Awuku did an IBA in Marketing and Communication. She stayed in multicultural beehive, Amsterdam, while studying and will pursue a career in the Dutch corporate world. She says a tendency to skip school was one of the challenges she had to overcome! “You have to set your priorities straight if you want to achieve your study goals! I chose Wittenborg because I was interested in the programmes they offered and the friendly atmosphere.”

Joost Heerkens, a Dutch student, was described by his tutor as “a very good salesman” who is considering an international career in business. Joost did his internship at a company in China.

Maike Nuyken from Germany was the top student in the group. She plans to start a hotel in the Netherlands and was described as someone who always performed excellent in her modules

Zimbabwian graduate, Bekezela Edmore Punungwe, said he had to stop his studies in his home country because of his involvement in student politics. Thereafter he was awarded a scholarship by the Dutch government and plans to do a Master degree in Management from March. 

Dutch student Jan Herman van Dijk, who studied Economics and Management, says he chose Wittenborg because of its international culture. His future plans? “I am working as an international account manager at Rubitech in Steenwijk. Rubitech is a specialist in aluminum high pressure die-casting with production facilities in Malaysia and Romania. I am active in the lighting market, especially in the LED highbay lamps which are used in industrial buildings with high ceilings.”

Serge Gwabene from the Congo was described as a strategic thinker who is always planning ahead.

Dutch student, Rens Klein, who studied Economics and Management, plans to save money and do volunteer work outside Europe for 6 months.

WUP 6/2/2015

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by Anesca Smith

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