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    "Study in Holland" - very attractive to the majority of prospective international students - work experience during the study considered a major attraction!
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 27 November 2014, 11:39 AM
     

    StudyinHolland at The International Classroom in Wittenborg University

    "Study in Holland" - very attractive to the majority of prospective international students - work experience during the study considered a major attraction!

    The Netherlands is considered a highly attractive study destination for prospective international students, a new survey has indicated - 76% of participants said they would “absolutely” consider studying in the Netherlands. 

    The StudentPulse study, commissioned by Nuffic, surveyed more than 2 000 prospective students from Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, China, India and South Africa in June this year. 

    "Study in Holland" - very attractive to the majority of prospective international students - work experience during the study considered a major attraction! The Netherlands is also in the top 10 countries where people would like to stay for work purposes on completion of their studies (it only lags 7% behind the US, which is the top-rated country). A total of 50% believe Dutch language skills are not essential for working in the Netherlands. 

    One of the findings is that international students deem the opportunity to do an internship or job placement as essential in their decision-making process on where to study.

    At Wittenborg University doing an internship is obligatory for all students and forms a part of their curricula in the final phases of their study, and Bachelor Hospitality Management and EuroBA students complete two full work placement periods and 1 in-company final project. Even during the MBA and Master of Science programmes, full time students are encouraged to combine their studies with an internship. Although this is not strictly part of the programme and does not lead to credits it has a direct impact on student's understanding and research capabilities, with students being able to apply the science they are learning .

    Respondents in the survey perceive the Netherlands as an open society with good quality of life and freedom - more than three quarters of participants say they would definitely consider it as a study destination. They also see ...

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    Research and Innovation – a Dutch concept?
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 24 November 2014, 9:34 PM
     

    Dr Mirjam Leloux - Wittenborg UniversityResearch and Innovation – a Dutch concept?

    Wittenborg’s Anesca Smith speaks to Wittenborg University’s leading researcher Dr Mirjam Leloux about her current role as expert panel member at next week’s Dutch RCT Innovation Week. Dr Mirjam Leloux, senior lecturer and researcher in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Wittenborg University, is part of an expert panel who will decide the winner of the annual RCT Innovation Contest next week. RCT (Regionaal Centrum voor Technologie de Vallei) supports and stimulates innovation among SME’s in the Food Valley region. In an interview Leloux talked about what constitutes a top innovator in her mind. The winner will be announced on the 26th of November 2014 at the Schaffelaar Theatre in Barneveld.

    Good morning Mirjam. Being born in the Netherlands yourself, would you say the Dutch are an innovative bunch?

    I am not sure, but I think there are a lot of initiatives in the Netherlands to stimulate innovation. I think the government is doing a good job in stimulating collaboration between public and private bodies as well as setting up network organizations such RCT de Vallei, which is guided by Mr Wicha Benus.  

    What is the best way for the government, especially the ministry of education, to spur innovation on a mass scale among young people?

    I am not sure. This initiative is mainly aimed at SME’s. What I can say is that if you have more innovation, it creates more jobs, higher turn-over and better products. In turn, this provides opportunities for young people to enter the job market.

    When I think of innovation, I think mainly of developments in the field of technology. Do you find this is also the case with the contenders in this competition?

    I think all of the entrees are technology-orientated innovations. Of course, innovation is broader than that – it is also about processing and making better organizations.

    How did you end up being a...

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    Wittenborg University IBA students to get additional internationally recognized NIMA B Certificates!
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 21 November 2014, 6:16 PM
     

    The NIMA accreditation of the programmes was a joint effort; Wittenborg worked together with its NRTO partner TMO Fashion Business School in Doorn, to achieve this agreement, first in Dutch higher education. Wittenborg University IBA students to get additional internationally recognized NIMA B Certificates!

    As of this week Wittenborg University can add another feather to its cap – it has today signed an agreement to become an Education Partner with the Netherlands Institute for Marketing (NIMA), which is the professional association and exam institute in the field of marketing. Wittenborg University’s IBA programmes in Economics & Management, Marketing & Communication & Hospitality Management have been awarded a NIMA accreditation for the marketing modules in the bachelor degree programme. The accreditation was awarded from 1 August 2014.

    The NIMA accreditation of the programmes was a joint effort; Wittenborg worked together with its NRTO partner TMO Fashion Business School in Doorn, to achieve this agreement, first in Dutch higher education.

    Wittenborg Director, Peter Birdsall, who signed the agreement this afternoon at TMO Fashion Business School’s campus in Doorn, said: “NIMA has a great reputation in the Netherlands as a quality stamp for marketing professionals and internationally they are developing their marketing qualifications. Wittenborg University, with its 400 students representing 60 different nationalities, can now provide students with an extra quality benchmark as well as promoting business and management around the world.”

    Wittenborg IBA students to get additional internationally recognized NIMA B Certificates!

    Birdsall also commented on the collaboration with the Fashion Business School, “Wittenborg and TMO have had a friendly relationship for a few years now, however this jointly achieved agreement with NIMA marks the start of a more closer relationship in the development of programmes and education partnerships between our two institutes.”

    Partnering with NIMA provides an industry certification of marketing and Wittenborg’s marketing content has been validated as equivalent to NIMA B1. The screening of module content and the sharing of knowledge ...

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    Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker in debate with non-funded and private higher education sector.
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 20 November 2014, 10:08 PM
     

    Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker in debate with non-funded and private higher education sectorMinister of Education Jet Bussemaker in debate with non-funded and private higher education sector.

    On Wednesday, Dutch education Minister, Jet Bussemaker, paid a visit to two private universities of applied science in the Netherlands, TMO - the Fashion Business School on Doorn and IVA, the Automotive Business School in Driebergen. Both institutes offer highly acclaimed and small scale higher education to Dutch students. 

    At the end of her visit, Bussemaker was invited to join a debate and forum hosted at IVA by the Netherlands Association of Private Higher Education Institutes (NRTO), to which many policy makers and board members from other private higher education institutes were also invited.

    The debate was lively and balanced with the private schools asking the minister to consider the areas in which a better level playing field (in relation to funded higher education institutes) could be conceived. Issues were raised such as equal access to specific types of scholarship programmes, such as those for international students, and Wittenborg, represented by its director of education, Peter Birdsall, and chief policy advisor Karen Penninga, argued that international students and Dutch students should have equal access to all sorts and types of additional support, notwithstanding whether they attend a private or a publicly supported University in the Netherlands.

    In her answers to the sometimes quite straightforward questions fired at her, Bussemaker showed her extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding Dutch higher education, and praised the private providers for the initiatives and in some cases best practice scenarios – for instance in forging relationships with publicly funded institutes, such as Wittenborg’s new accreditation cluster for the board bachelor IBA.

    However, the minister also made it clear that there were serious difficulties in achieving a level ...

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    Open Evenings at Wittenborg University!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 17 November 2014, 8:56 PM
     

     Institutes from all over Holland, from as far as Groningen in the north, took part in the exhibition which saw them share a communal “market place” where each have a stall and learners can obtain information about the individual schools for further education.

    Open Evenings at Wittenborg University!

    Calling all prospective students! Mid-autumn means it is time again for the NXTLVL Open Evenings which will be held in Apeldoorn this week. 

    The Open Evenings are an opportunity for Dutch institutes of higher education, like Wittenborg University, to showcase what they offer potential students while the students get information which will help them choose where to continue their studies. The annual event is held at the Aventus college building in Apeldoorn, that it shares with Wittenborg. It kicked off on Monday and will continue until Thursday, the 20th of November.

     Institutes from all over Holland, from as far as Groningen in the north, took part in the exhibition which saw them share a communal “market place” where each have a stall and learners can obtain information about the individual schools for further education.On Tuesday, the 18th of November (tomorrow) between 18:00 and 21:20 Wittenborg, an international university boasting students and staff from about 60 nationalities, will give potential students a pre-taste of its International Business Adminstration (Bachelor) programmes such as International Hospitality Management as well as Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

    Besides Wittenborg, institutes from all over Holland - as far as Amsterdam and Groningen in the north, will take part in the exhibitions which will see them share a communal “market place” where each will have a stall and learners can obtain information about the individual schools for further education.

    Wittenborg admission and communication staff will be out in full force on Tuesday evening to provide information to the many interested learners and their parents in the Main Hall of the Aventus Building.

    Study in Holland | Study in the NetherlandsDuring the evening, two detailed sessions will be held by Wittenborg director, Peter Birdsall, and hospitality lecturer, Esther Gitonga, on the the many different bachelor programs offered by the university. Last year more than a hundred learners attended the sessions

    On Thursday, the 20th of November, the open evening will focus on master-programmes. Wittenborg currently offers three Master of Science ...

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    Holland! Keep your embassies open in Africa!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 16 November 2014, 10:17 PM
     

    Holland! Keep your embassies open in Africa! - The Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) has urged the Dutch government not to close any more embassies in Africa.Holland! Keep your embassies open in Africa!

    The Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) has urged the Dutch government not to close any more embassies in Africa.

    The NABC’s business services manager, Thijs Rutgers, made the appeal at Wittenborg University’s African Business-to-Business Event last week. Rutgers was the keynote speaker at the event. Other speakers included Rabobank’s Africa Desk manager, Peter Niekus, and Gonneke Campen, a representative of Young Africa, a non-profit organization doing skills training in Africa.

    In the past two years Dutch embassies and consulates have closed in Eritrea (Asmara), Cameroon (Yaoundé), Benin (Cotonou), Zambia (Lusaka) and Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou).

    “There are now 21 Dutch embassies in Africa and counting…” Rutgers said. According to him this does not compare favorably with other countries such as China (49 embassies in Africa), the US (49), France (47), Germany (43), the UK (37), Brazil (34), Japan (34), Turkey (33), Spain (38) and India (28).

    “We have heard they (the government) are even considering closing the embassy in Senegal. We have to open embassies and support businesses and charities operating there,” Rutgers said. When asked by Wittenborg senior lecturer, Karin Pelle, about possible reasons behind the closures, Rutgers said he is not entirely sure, but it might have something to do with cutting costs.

    Wittenborg University has continuously had a steady flow of students from Africa following its Bachelor of Administration and Master of Science degrees. Currently it hosts 45 students from 14 different African countries.

    With the event the university hoped to spark awareness of the potential and possibilities the African market has to offer. It was attended by scores of African students, Dutch companies interested in doing business abroad, academics and representatives of charity organizations.

    Rutgers also criticized the Hogeschool of Amsterdam for banning students and staff to undertake any study or work related trips to Africa in the next two years citing the outbreak of viruses such as Ebola and political instability as the reasons behind the decisionThe purpose of the event...

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    Peter Birdsall
    An Apprentice Style Project Week
    by Peter Birdsall - Thursday, 13 November 2014, 3:56 PM
     

    An Apprentice Style Project Week An Apprentice Style Project Week

    In a manner that might even impress Sir Alan Sugar of the BBC’s Apprentice programme, there were some frantic last-minute business dealings last Friday afternoon as Wittenborg Bachelor of Business Administration students competed in groups against each other for the crown of best company - only, this was in cyberspace.

    The contest was part of Project Week, which this November for the second time was managed by visiting professor James Bowen from the University of Ottawa. Friday it was second-phase students competing against each other in an online business simulation game and Thursday first year students.

    In a manner that might even impress Sir Alan Sugar of the BBC’s Apprentice programme, there were some frantic last-minute business dealings last Friday afternoon as Wittenborg Bachelor of Business Administration students competed in groups against each other for the crown of best company - only, this was in cyberspace.Bowen is part of a team of international developers Wittenborg University has been working with since 2012 to create the world’s first gaming-based higher education learning curriculum – an MBA in which students do their learning within game-based simulations.

    In a manner that might even impress Sir Alan Sugar of the BBC’s Apprentice programme, there were some frantic last-minute business dealings last Friday afternoon as Wittenborg Bachelor of Business Administration students competed in groups against each other for the crown of best company - only, this was in cyberspace.The simulation tests students on their entrepreneurial capabilities in areas including investment, hiring and firing, venture capital, risk management, product development and supply chain management.

    It the end it was team Driessen-Driessen who time and again came out tops. Their prize? Lots of chocolates and cookies – all the way from Canada!

    For the losing teams: Better luck next time!

    What is a gamefied MBA exactly?

    What is a gamefied MBA exactly?Bowen explains it in this way: “A gamefied MBA is the use of simulations or games as a way of teaching and practicing the material and concepts in a business-environment. A traditional MBA student would attend lectures and they may use cases or do presentations and reports. With a gamefied MBA, what we want is the for the students to develop some understanding of a topic area and then directly practice that in a simulation or a game. The great thing about simulations and games is that the learning objectives are well-defined. We know exactly what we are going to ...

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    Africa Event 2014 a great success!
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 7 November 2014, 4:56 PM
     

    From excellent speakers, an engaging audience and an African dance group that had everyone on their feet - all-in-all, Wittenborg University’s African Business-to-Business Event was a raging success last nightAfrica Event 2014 a great success!

    From excellent speakers, an engaging audience and an African dance group that had everyone on their feet - all-in-all, Wittenborg University’s African Business-to-Business Event was a raging success last night. The event was attended by a number of business people from Dutch and African companies, charity organizations doing empowerment work in Africa and droves of students, eager to establish contacts in the business world.

    Wittenborg University Africa Event 2014

    Speakers included Peter Niekus (manager of Rabobank’s Africa Desk), Thijs Rutgers (business service manager of the Netherlands African Business Council), Gonneke Campen from Young Africa, prof Adri Vermeer from the Tjommie Foundation and Wittenborg final-phase student Ishebo Twijukye, who delivered an engaging talk on his internship at an international company,  Bredenoord.

    RaboBank presents at Wittenborg University Africa Event 2014The purpose of the event was to highlight business opportunities in Africa, current economic trends and lucrative regions and sectors on the continent. It also sought to provide a networking platform for both established and prospective Dutch companies in Africa, the non-profit sector, training institutes and international students.

    Wittenborg director, Peter Birdsall, kicked off proceedings with an introduction to the event. He was followed by Peter Niekus from Rabobank.  Niekus said Africa is one of the richest continents, citing South Africa which is the world’s largest platinum producer (75%), Nigeria who is ranked 11th when it comes to oil production and East Africa with its vast gas reserves.

    Guests at Wittenborg University Africa Event 2014According to Niekus the three top sectors for business opportunities are in Logistics, Food and Agriculture as well as Energy. He also said when Dutch-ambassadors was asked to list the top African countries to do business in the list included Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania.  He further emphasized that although challenges remain, there ...

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    “Faster and more intense.”
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 6 November 2014, 12:06 PM
     

    visiting professor James Bowen PhD from the University of Ottawa

    “Faster and more intense.”

    This is how visiting professor James Bowen PhD from the University of Ottawa described the second online game-based simulation session he is teaching at Wittenborg University as part of Project Week this week. The first one, with 80 students, was a year ago when the idea was tested on first and second year bachelor administration students.

    A gamefied MBA is the use of simulations or games as a way of teaching Since 2012, Wittenborg University has been working with a team of international developers to create the world’s first gaming-based higher education learning curriculum – an MBA in which students do their learning within game-based simulations.

    What is a gamefied-MBA exactly?

    Since 2012, Wittenborg University has been working with a team of international developers to create the world’s first gaming-based higher education learning curriculum – an MBA in which students do their learning within game-based simulations.Bowen explains it as follows: “A gamefied MBA is the use of simulations or games as a way of teaching and practicing the material and concepts in a business-environment. A traditional MBA student would attend lectures and they may use cases or do presentations and reports. With a gamefied MBA, what we want is the for the students to develop some understanding of a topic area and then directly practice that in a simulation or a game. The great thing about simulations and games is that the learning objectives are well-defined. We know exactly what we are going to learn in a game and we can measure that very precisely. So what I saw was that students in the learning environment are really bored. When someone stands up there and lectures for three hours... that old-school assembly-line kind of approach just doesn’t work with the new generation.”

    Since 2012, Wittenborg University has been working with a team of international developers to create the world’s first gaming-based higher education learning curriculum – an MBA in which students do their learning within game-based simulations.Today about first-year students got to try out the simulation game in a two-hour session. Tomorrow it will be the turn of the second-year students in a three-hour session. Approximately the same number of students will take part this year as last year.

    The simulation tested students on their entrepreneurial capabilities in areas including investment, hiring and firing, venture capital, risk management, ...

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    Wittenborg University can provide paid research projects for international students in collaboration with Dutch companies.
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 2 November 2014, 9:53 PM
     

    Wittenborg University can provide paid research projects for international students in collaboration with Dutch companies.Both students will be attending Wittenborg’s African Business-to-Business Event on Thursday, the 6th of November 2014, which will provide a platform for Dutch companies interested in expanding their business to Africa and to network with other companies and stakeholders in Africa. The event will also seek to highlight the economic opportunities and potential of the continent.

    Wittenborg University can provide paid research projects for international students in collaboration with Dutch companies.

    A recent example of this is two African students from Wittenborg who recently completed research assignments for local company, DUBOS B.V. that currently imports wood from Romania. The two Wittenborg students, Agnes Dzomo and Serge Gwabene, researched whether there is a possible market in the Netherlands and Belgium for the company to also import organic forest fruit like berries and wild mushrooms from Romania.

    Both students will be attending Wittenborg’s African Business-to-Business Event on Thursday, the 6th of November 2014, which will provide a platform for Dutch companies interested in expanding their business to Africa and to network with other companies and stakeholders in Africa. The event will also seek to highlight the economic opportunities and potential of the continent.

    The students were supervised by the head of Wittenborg’s Research Centre, Dr Teun Wolters.

    Agnes Dzomo Agnes, from Cameroon, who speaks fluent French and English assisted with the project as part of her internship module.  “It’s a company run by two Dutch entrepreneurs who are just starting out with the idea. I got the job through Wittenborg itself, that helps students find internships. My job was to investigate the current organic market in the Netherlands and determine whether there is space for a new entrant. I believe the company was happy with my work and it has since found a distributor through which to sell their products. All in all, I enjoyed the work.”

    Serge GwabeneSerge, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, focused on market access regulation and profiling prospective customers and distributors. “It was challenging because it was very difficult to get updated data and there were many constraints financially in getting primary data,” he said.

    He will use the experience at DUBOS to ...

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