Wittenborg University Blogs
Celebrity power – Wittenborg student Henk Penseel, studying on the MSc International Event Management produced a series of blogs last year. WUP wanted to find out what he is doing now, and discovered that alongside his studies, writing books and travelling for the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Henk is still at it! Here is a very recent blog from Wittenborg University student Henk Penseel:Language English
Personal Development – reestablishing a sense of connectedness. - Most of us, at some time or another, have heard it expressed in either the spoken or written form; however, we then carry on with our day to day issues and soon all is forgotten and one gets back to normal, in a way! (WUP 22/9/2013)Language English
WUP 1/7/2013 A Birdseye View - Finding a University programme – an internet hit or miss? OK, after the end of year barbecue, back to the reality of University Life :-) - Many students around the world use an internet search machine to find the school or programme of their choice. Depending on budget students make an initial choice and send of an information request, an application form or even call for an appointment......Language English
WUP 11/5/2013 A BirdsEye View - Illegals in Holland - possibly a new source of national income, or the cause of a massive increase in costs and paper-work? - The current Dutch government is planning to make being illegal in the Netherlands a criminal offence with fines for all those caught, and prison sentences for those who don't pay on time! The basic idea is that making the notion of being illegal unpleasant will act as a deterrent. The proposals have sparked a wide and critical debate in the Netherlands, with a number of very prominent politicians publicly condemning the motion.Language Undefined
WUP 27/4/2013 A Birdseyeview- Youth unemployment rising around the world - governments should take care of their higher education offerings - In the Netherlands, and in many developed countries of the West, youth unemployment has been steadily rising, however in developing countries this is also the case, and according to The Economist, in a recent publication, ('Generation jobless', 27th April 2013), two main factors are contributing to the rise in jobless youths. In the West it sees the slowdown combined with the very strict labour laws as a reason, and in the developing world it is the continuing population explosion. Although University graduates are much more likely to find employment than those youths who drop out of education at an early age, the recent trend of Universities offering non-specific, or generalist degree prograammes has also led to a higher number of graduates who find it difficult to find employment after their studies.Language English
WUP 6/4/2013 - Henk Penseel's Wittenborg Blog -"I'm not crazy" - One of my lecturers on the Msc International Event Management, Adam Jones, said that roughly spoken we had to spend ten times more time on reading than on listening to him. Well, we read a lot! This time about fundraising. Our group is trying to set up a fundraising event for a new Dutch foundation called Hoofdzaak (Headcase), which needs money for research about craniofacial abnormalities.Language English
I wonder whether international students achieve more in life than students who didn't take that giant step in studying abroad . Have there been longitudinal studies? From my own experience as a teacher and lecturer in higher education, I think that students who do more than just study, so called extra curriculum activities, experience more and get more out of their life than those who just do their job. This is especially so for those who want to get a taste of different cultures.
A few times a year you may read somewhere that there is a possibility to make a trip as a student to another country, usually in a class-free period. Sometimes you also can get even some credits for it. Almost two years ago two colleagues and I accompanied two groups of students for a trip to Kenya. Our students received support from students of the MOI University in Eldoret, who also did this during their holiday. They still communicate via Facebook.Language English
WUP 12/3/2013 – Henk Penseel, MSc Event Management Student, on Fundraising
You are not allowed to say It's generally known, without stating where you got the information from, when writing an academic paper. But if you write a blog I guess it's OK. So I consider it common knowledge that when you are looking for a new car , you seem to notice many more adverts with cars in them than usual. Now that I’ve had lectures about sponsoring and fundraising my attention has fallen on this subject more frequently than before.Language English
WUP 7/2/13 - Daniel O'Connell on Increasing the employability factor.
According to a 2012 International Labour Organization (ILO) report, the number of jobless people around the world rose by 4 million in 2012 to 197 million, and is expected to grow further - indeed, as of this time of writing, that number has jumped to approx 205 million. Furthermore, as revealed by Global Employment Trends (2013), 6% of the world’s workforce was without a job in 2012, with long-term unemployment continuing to grow. Further data pointed out that a third of Europe's jobless had been without work for more than a year.Language English