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    Wittenborg Amsterdam: The Recipe Behind its Rapid Success
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 24 March 2017, 10:47 AM
     

    Wittenborg Amsterdam: The Recipe Behind its Rapid Success

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    In September 2015, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences started to offer its IBA programme in Entrepreneurship & Small Business to Amsterdam, opening its first location outside Apeldoorn. Now, 18 months later, student numbers at the Amsterdam location have grown and the programme has developed a unique identity – showcased in its blog The Amsterdam Entrepreneur. How does one market a new study location in a competitive city like Amsterdam? “We opened with only 7 students and today we have 40 students from 17 different nationalities,” says Timo Timmerman, the Campus Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam. “We relied a lot on word-of-mouth – students sharing their experiences and telling their stories. I believe in the efficiency of human-to-human marketing. Besides, Amsterdam is a city of entrepreneurs,” Timmerman says. In 2015, Amsterdam featured for the first time in the list of Top 20 of the world’s leading start-up cities. They were measured on their quality of talent, pool of venture capital resources, experience and mentorship provided by start-up founders, market reach of their companies, and the ultimate performance and exit value of their companies. All entrepreneurs have a million ideas Timmerman says he is proud and happy with the “international classroom” he and his team have created in such a short time. “The biggest problem we have is that, like all entrepreneurs, our students have a million different ideas. So our job is to teach them to focus on one idea at a time and do that one thing well. ” The international classroom is a unique feature of Wittenborg, with over 70 nationalities studying in Apeldoorn. Connecting Students With Real-Life Entrepreneurs The Amsterdam location is also equipped with its own in-house, start-up incubator — ‘Incubator UP’ — where students are connected with real entrepreneurs and their companies working in the building. Students are thus encouraged to seek guidance from these “mentors”. According to Timmerman, the Amsterdam location is working towards a goal of 150 students by 2019. “Ideally we would like a ratio in Amsterdam of about 40:60 of Dutch and international students.” Currently it has 25% female students but Timmerman would like to see the male-female ratio at 50:50. “Anything men can do, women can also do in terms of business.” Overall Wittenborg has a male to female ratio of 49% to 51% and currently 89% international students, making it the most diverse higher education institute in the Netherlands. According to Wittenborg's Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, "The Amsterdam campus was specifically set up to attract more Dutch students." Timmerman also ascribes the success of Wittenborg in Amsterdam to good management decisions made in Apeldoorn. “In the past two years we have managed to become one team in two locations – Apeldoorn and Amsterdam. Soon, when the Vienna campus opens, it will be three locations. From the beginning management tackled the expansion in the right spirit.” Fostering Community Spirit In Amsterdam, the community spirit is certainly kept alive. Students and staff meet every Friday morning for “coffee-and-muffins” sessions which are accompanied by lively discussions and a lot of knowledge and culture sharing. Timmerman has also introduced a so-called Dean’s List – recognising excellent students who have achieved a 7.5 each semester, thus adding to the value of their CVs. Students who manage to achieve a straight pass – without the need for retakes – are also rewarded with “extras” such as company visits, a smart reading course, or learning essential skills like story-telling, which can take you far in the business world. * From 8 – 16 July Wittenborg Amsterdam will have a Summer Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in cooperation with two other Dutch institutions: Team Academy and InHolland University of Applied Sciences. In September 2015, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences started to offer its IBA programme in Entrepreneurship & Small Business to Amsterdam, opening its first location outside Apeldoorn.

    Now, 18 months later, student numbers at the Amsterdam location have grown and the programme has developed a unique identity – showcased in its blog The Amsterdam Entrepreneur.

    How does one market a new study location in a competitive city like Amsterdam?

    “We opened with only 7 students and today we have 40 students from 17 different nationalities,” says Timo Timmerman, the Campus Dean of Wittenborg Amsterdam. “We relied a lot on word-of-mouth – students sharing their experiences and telling their stories. I believe in the efficiency of human-to-human marketing. Besides, Amsterdam is a city of entrepreneurs,” Timmerman says.

    In 2015, Amsterdam featured for the first time in the list of Top 20 of the world’s leading start-up cities. They were measured on their quality of talent, pool of venture capital resources, experience and mentorship provided by start-up founders, market reach of their companies, and the ultimate performance and exit value of their companies.

    All entrepreneurs have a million ideas
    Wittenborg Amsterdam: The Recipe Behind its Rapid Success Timmerman says he is proud and happy with the “international classroom” he and his team have created in such a short time. “The biggest problem we have is that, like all entrepreneurs, our students have a million different ideas. So our job is to teach them to focus on one idea at a time and do that one thing well. ”  The international classroom is a unique feature of Wittenborg, with over 70 nationalities studying in Apeldoorn.

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    Wittenborg and China's Nantong University do Quick Exchange Visits - All in One Week
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 12:23 PM
     

    Wittenborg and China's Nantong University do Quick Exchange Visits - All in One Week

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    Wittenborg and China's Nantong University do Quick Exchange Visits - All in One WeekSenior staff of the Nantong Vocational University in China made a flying visit to Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences on Monday, as part of a 4-day trip to the Netherlands to explore cooperation possibilities between the two institutes in the field of education.

    Meanwhile, Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, will in turn visit Nantong on Wednesday while she is in China this week as part of a week-long trade mission along with delegates from the Gelderland Province, Apeldoorn Gemeente and the Full Sports Group (FSG).

    Nantong, in the southern part of China, has about 18,000 students. It has 12 schools offering 58 majors and 90 professional programs including mechanical engineering, electronics and information engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil engineering, textile and garments, management, applied humanities and tourism management, arts and design and foreign languages.

    Four of its senior staff members were met by Wittenborg chair, Peter Birdsall, on Monday who gave them background on Wittenborg and a tour of its facilities.  The group consisted of Huang Yanfei (Vice-President of Nantong), Chen Xudong (Deputy Director of Academic Affairs), Cao Jian (Associate Dean, School of Automotive and Traffic Engineering) and Li Ping (Dean of School of Economics and Management). They were accompanied by an interpreter of China’s department of Foreign Affairs, Shi Chunyan.

    The group later also met with Mark Sandmann, D66 council member of the Apeldoorn Gemeente and Jacob Brobbel, commercial manager of Holland Techniek.

    Sandmann welcomed the visitors and gave them background information on the region saying:  “Apeldoorn is the 11th biggest city in the Netherlands in an area of ...

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    Dutch Universities can Offer Full Degrees Abroad if Senate Approves Bill
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 19 March 2017, 9:14 AM
     

    Dutch Universities can Offer Full Degrees Abroad if Senate Approves Bill

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    After two years of heated political debate, Dutch universities might finally be able to offer full degree programmes abroad.

    Dutch Universities can Offer Full Degrees Abroad if Senate Approves BillOn their last day in parliament before the Dutch Election, the majority of political parties in the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) approved the Transnational Education Bill. Only Geert Wilders' PVV voted against it.  The Bill will now go to the Senate (Eerste Kamer) where it is also expected to be approved and then finally passed by the new government later this year.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one of the institutes planning to open its first transnational campus - in Vienna, Austria - later this year.

    Dutch research universities currently offer more than 240 international joint and double degree programmes, according to a research paper by Dr Rosa Becker, a senior researcher at the Netherlands Organisation for Internationalisation of Education (EP-Nuffic) and published by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Universities of applied sciences, like Wittenborg, offer an estimated 8 double degree programmes with at least one foreign partner.

    The detail and general conditions of the proposed legislation is expected to be published this summer, pending approval by the Senate. The Dutch minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, said there are big advantages to having international branch campuses. These include the exchange of students and lecturers, the possibility to strengthen international networks and showcase Dutch higher education. “Besides, it is happening everywhere. The question is, do we want a stake in it or let the opportunity pass. I don’t want the latter.”

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    The Dutch Applauded for Voting "Sensibly" - Now Comes the Hard Bargaining to Form a Coalition Government
    by Peter Birdsall - Thursday, 16 March 2017, 9:21 PM
     

    Mark Rutte wins Dutch Election 2017 - All hail the Dutch! The Netherlands woke up as the darling of Europe this morning after yesterday’s election results showed a clear win for the centre-right VVD party, thereby defeating Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam and anti-EU PVV, which has been leading the polls for most of the year.

    The Dutch Applauded for Voting "Sensibly" - Now Comes the Hard Bargaining to Form a Coalition Government

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/dutch-applauded-voting-sensibly-now-comes-hard-bargaining-form-coalition-government.htm)

    All hail the Dutch! The Netherlands woke up as the darling of Europe this morning after yesterday’s election results showed a clear win for the centre-right VVD party, thereby defeating Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam and anti-EU PVV, which has been leading the polls for most of the year.

    “Far-right populism has failed its first test in Europe,” CNN reported in reference to the coming elections in France and Germany later this year, summing up the sentiments of most of the world’s mainstream media. Many feared that Holland would go the same way as Britain voting pro-Brexit last year and the Americans electing Donald Trump as president. 

    About 81% of the country voted – the biggest turnout in 3 decades. The VVD won 33 seats, trailed by the PVV (20), the CDA (19), D66 (19) and Groenlinks (14) – they were the big winners of the day. Many of Wittenborg’s staff and students who were eligible to vote made sure they showed up at the voting stations. Wittenborg's facility officer, Karel van der Zande, said it is a privilege to vote in freedom and the turnout was remarkable. "We have conservatives, progressives and some populists, but the new government has to look out for the interest of everyone in the Netherlands. I do have some concern that the new government might be too much on the right."

    “Sense and sobriety triumphed,” said Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, in reaction to the results. "Wittenborg's management is relieved that the Netherlands has rejected the anti-immigration and anti-Europe views of Geert Wilders and that the international future of the country and Wittenborg looks positive and ready to develop."

    Now that the ...

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    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the Election
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 4:51 PM
     

    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the Election

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    The question about immigrants is one of the key issues in Wednesday’s Dutch election. With that in mind, we asked international students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences just how welcome they feel in Holland, and about the level of tolerance they experience from Dutch society.

    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the ElectionRomeissa Laib from Algeria is doing an IBA in Marketing & Communication. Before coming to Holland, she studied in Germany and lived in Canada. “I live in a building with other Dutch people in Apeldoorn and everyone is very friendly and helpful – they even offer to walk my dog! I find Holland a very welcoming country compared to Germany where people can be less friendly and really make you feel like an immigrant. In Holland they are happy to speak English. Not so in Germany.”

    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the ElectionHaseeb Mirza, a MBA student from Pakistan, thinks most of the anti-Islam sentiments will quieten down once the election is over. “This is part-and-parcel of any election campaign. I am not concerned at all. The Netherlands’ history has proven that it is a tolerant, co-operative society where people mind their own business.” He currently lives in Amsterdam and said he has never experienced any discrimination.

    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the ElectionJun Li from China lives in Eindhoven and works in Amsterdam’s fashion industry. She is currently learning Dutch because she wants to communicate better with her colleagues. She has no qualms about staying on in Holland after her studies. “If someone is mean to me I will generally ask them to explain their reasons. I try to keep an open mind.” Jun Li is doing an IBA in Marketing and Communication. She came to Holland 4 years ago.

    How Tolerant are the Dutch? We Asked International Students ahead of the ElectionAlexis Musita from Rwanda says he has never experienced discrimination in the Netherlands. He came here in 2014 and...

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    "Extremist" Government will be Detrimental to Higher Education, Warns Wittenborg Chair, Peter Birdsall as Dutch Prepare to Vote on Wednesday
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 12 March 2017, 11:57 AM
     

    "Extremist" Government will be Detrimental to Higher Education, Warns Wittenborg Chair, Peter Birdsall as Dutch Prepare to Vote on Wednesday

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    "Extremist" Government will be Detrimental to Higher Education, Warns Wittenborg Chair, Peter Birdsall as Dutch Prepare to Vote on WednesdayWhen the Dutch go to vote on Wednesday, 15 March, the management of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will be following the outcome of the election carefully: As an international, private institute of higher education, its operations are very much tied to the political tide in the Netherlands.

    "If a far-right government was to be elected in the Netherlands, that would have a negative effect on its immigration and education policy," says Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall. "It would be detrimental to international student intake and our development as an international institute."

    There is currently a lot of, what Birdsall calls “scaremongering” going on, but he is comforted by the idea that the Dutch political system is such that “no extremist idiot” can take power.

    He is of course referring to Geert Wilders, leader of the one-man PVV party which has taken the lead in many of the pre-election polls. A rare feat for someone who seldom makes public appearances but instead reigns over his supporters from the safety of social media platforms.

    Birdsall sees Wilders' peroxide blonde hair as a symbol of the falsehoods he's spreading. "He does that to stand out, to make an impact. Not to show what a good debater he is on world issues. And that’s the frightening thing. Whenever politicians start walking around like popstars, that’s when you have to start worrying.

    "Wilders is scaremongering the world, really, which is why he receives so much international press. Last time I looked at the PVV website, the headline screamed: 'Stop Islam'. I mean, there’s nothing rational about that. If I ...

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    Commission Guarding Interest of International Students Meets with Wittenborg Students and Staff
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 10 March 2017, 1:37 PM
     

    Commission Guarding Interest of International Students Meets with Wittenborg Students and Staff

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    Commission Guarding Interest of International Students Meets with Wittenborg Students and StaffMembers of the National Commission guarding the interests of international students in the Netherlands paid an informal visit to Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences on Wednesday morning. Almost 90% of Wittenborg's students are international.

    Wittenborg is a signee of the Code of Conduct regulating these interests. The independent commission ensures compliance to the code which obliges signees to offer good, quality education to international students. Equally important, the code allows Wittenborg to apply for student visas and residence permits.

    During Wednesday's visit, the commission was led by its chair, Joris van Bergen. He was accompanied by the secretary, Jolanda van den Bosch, and commissioner, Jan Albert Dop. They were welcomed by Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, and its manager of strategy and policy, Karen Penninga. The commissioners were given a tour of Wittenborg's Apeldoorn locations and they also enjoyed coffee and lunch with students and staff.

    Penninga said it was a friendly visit requested by the commission to get to know students and staff who were encouraged to share their experiences at Wittenborg and in the Netherlands.

    The code guarantees the quality of information sharing with international students, looks at the English linguistic abilities of incoming students, and the use of agents in students' home countries. The commission ensures institutions of higher education that have signed up adhere to the code, instigating investigations, following up on complaints and making recommendations. Its website is http://www.internationalstudy.nl

    Commission Guarding Interest of International Students Meets with Wittenborg Students and Staff

    WUP 10/3/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Wittenborg Sponsors Aviation Exams in Gelderland
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:26 PM
     

    Wittenborg Sponsors Aviation Exams in Gelderland

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    Wittenborg Sponsors Aviation Exams in GelderlandThis weekend Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will be sponsoring the theoretical exams for gliding of the Royal Dutch Society for Aviation (KNVVL) in the Gelderland province.

    The exams are to take place on Saturday, 11 March, at Wittenborg’s Spoorstraat location. There are about 40 gliding clubs in the Netherlands and more than 4,000 gliding pilots. A glider is, of course, a plane without an engine.

    Wittenborg’s facilities and student housing officer, Karel van der Zande, has been a member of the KNVVL for many years. In June last year, Wittenborg also sponsored his 2016 Euroglide team, racing across Europe in a small two seater glider from the Netherlands to Poland - a flight of over 2,400km.

    According to Van der Zande, students will be tested on areas such as meteorology, the rules and regulations of gliding, technical issues, the weather and how planes move. It is expected that up to 40 students will do the exams.

    Wittenborg Sponsors Aviation Exams in Gelderland

    WUP 8/03/2017

    by James Wittenborg
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    Dutch Workers are the Happiest in Europe - New Study
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 4 March 2017, 12:01 PM
     

    Dutch Workers are the Happiest in Europe - New Study

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    Dutch Workers are the Happiest in Europe - New StudyThe Dutch just love to work! A new study has found that the Dutch are the most satisfied workforce in Europe - a staggering 76% of people in the Netherlands are happy with their careers. In contrast, the UK has the highest number of dissatisfied workers.

    This came to light in The Workforce View in Europe in 2017 - a report based on research carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of ADP last year. Almost 10,000 individuals were surveyed.

    The Dutch scored highly in most themes highlighted by the report. After Spain, they consider themselves the most supported in their career development by employers. They are also, after Poland and Germany, the 3rd most optimistic nation about the next 5 years in the workplace. The European average was 78%, having risen slightly since 2015 in line with economic and employment prospects. Again, the sharpest fall in optimism is among British employees (down from 81% to 76%). The report speculates that this might be influenced by the uncertainty following the Brexit vote. Optimism is highest among the IT crowd and the telecoms sector.

    Dutch Workers are the Happiest in Europe - New Study
    Source: ADP

    Dutch employees (34%) are also the most likely to consider freelancing and self-employment, followed by the Spanish (33%). According to the report, self-employment and freelancing are increasingly popular career options across Europe, with new technology and more flexible working practices giving people the freedom to choose a "different way of life".

    After Switzerland (87%), a total of 86% of the Dutch feel they have a good work-life balance. The most stressed employees can be found in Poland. The retail and leisure, as well as healthcare sectors, fair the worst when it comes to stress in Europe with almost 1 out of 5 employees saying it is either a daily problem or causing...

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    Relief for Nigerian Students in Holland and Abroad after Central Bank Issues New Directive on Foreign Exchange
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:03 AM
     

    Relief for Nigerian Students in Holland and Abroad after Central Bank Issues New Directive on Foreign Exchange

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    Relief for Nigerian Students in Holland and Abroad after Central Bank Issues New Directive on Foreign ExchangeNigerian students at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences have expressed relief about the decision by Nigeria’s Central Bank (CBN) to provide additional foreign exchange to students to pay study fees and other expenses abroad after suffering a shortage of Forex for almost a year, resulting in long waiting times.

    The admission staff at Wittenborg also welcomed the decision. Student Registrar, Santosh Aryal, said many students had outstanding payments due to the difficulties they experienced in obtaining the currency. “Many students were affected so I am happy that it has been resolved.”

    Of the 68 different nationalities currently studying at Wittenborg, Nigerian students are the 4th highest number. 

    One of the students, Mukadas Kolawole Alashe, said after the directive of the federal government that the exchange rate of the parallel market (the black market) dropped drastically and the value of the local currency also appreciated against foreign currency. “It gives us hope that the government has made the right decision to ease the difficulties that the Nigerian students abroad are facing.

    Mukadas, doing an IBA in Information Management at Wittenborg, is currently in the final phase of his studies. He continued, saying: “However, the uncertainty is very high considering the sustainability of the Nigerian government’s policies, the unnecessary bureaucracy by the Nigerian banks and the stability of the exchange rate, which has been fluctuating due to the oil price and internal problems we are facing in Nigeria. I strongly believe if this new policy is upheld for a long period, there would be less difficulties for Nigerian students abroad and it will ...

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