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    Neso Office Closures
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 31 July 2014, 1:34 PM
     

    Study Business in the NetherlandsNeso Office Closures

    As of this summer the Netherlands Education Support Offices (Neso’s) in Thailand and South-Korea will conduct its activities from the embassy buildings in Bangkok and Seoul. 

    Due to budgetary cuts Nuffic announced last year it intends to close its Neso’s in Thailand, Vietnam and Tapei while the ones in South Korea and Mexico would be transformed to Neso-desks housed at the Dutch embassies in the respective countries.  Nuffic gave the assurance that the Neso-representatives will continue to work independently from the embassies. 

    The Neso’s promote education by helping Dutch students who want to study abroad but, more importantly, assisting foreign students who plan on studying in the Netherlands. The slashed budget, effective from 1 January 2015, amounts to 1,9 million euros.

    In Seoul two Neso-officials will continue promote Dutch higher eduction in South Korea while Thailand will from now only have one representative. All three will work closely with the Nuffic Neso office in Indonesia which will fulfill a regional function in Southeast Asia.

    Contact details

    In South Korea the education promotion officer is Jung Hee Jung and the recently appointed chief representative officer, Leo Chung. For Neso in Thailand Agnes Niehof has been appointed as the chief representative officer.

    The new address for the Neso in South Korea as of 15 July 2014 is:

    Nuffic Neso Korea

    10th Floor Jeongdong Building, 21-15 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu

    Seoul (100-784) Republic of Korea

    T: +82-2-735-7671 F: +82-2-735-7675

    The new address for the Neso in Thailand as of 1 August 2014 is

    Nuffic Neso Thailand

    15 Soi Ton Son Lumphini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

    Thailand

    Tel: +66 (0)2-252 6088  Fax: +66 (0)2-252 6033

    The Neso in Vietnam is already operating from the Dutch consulate building in Hoi

    Chi Minh City.

    The new office in Vietnam is located at the ...

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    Wittenborg University Looks Forward to an Exciting New Academic Year as it Celebrates its Latest Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 25 July 2014, 2:03 PM
     

    Wittenborg University Looks Forward to an Exciting New Academic Year as it Celebrates its Latest Graduates.

    Wittenborg University’s 2014 Summer Graduation Ceremony last weekend was a glamorous and joyful affair - distinguished this year by the fact that all graduates were female.

    Wittenborg University Graduation Ceremony

    University director, Peter Birdsall, also gave a glimpse of what stakeholders can look forward to in the next academic year.
    Birdsall said the past year has seen a growth in the number of students admitted to Wittenborg and a fall in the number of those students who drop out before graduation.

    The university ended the 2013-’14 year on a highlight with the news that it has received unconditional accreditation for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the German accreditation body, FIBAA. The MBA-course aimed at professionals wishing to upgrade their management skills will start in September and is open for admission now.

    The next decade or two will also see Wittenborg University expanding and dividing into five entrally managed, but independent schools: Business, Hospitality, Art and Technology and Education Birdsall said from September this year the university will slowly start splitting into a school of respectively Business and Hospitality.

    Currently, as part of its Master of Science programmes (International Hospitality Management, International Event Management, International Tourism Management) Wittenborg offers its students a double degree in conjunction with it’s UK partner, the University of Brighton. However, Birdsall said, Wittenborg will eventually aspire to offering its students a triple degree as is currently an international trend.

    The students who graduated this year are:
    Saima Jamil
    Grace Wamada
    Celina Addai
    Monique Nijman-Slikker
    Debora Ossai
    Faith Osifo
    Esther Boakye

    Wittenborg also issues special certificates for its first batch of EuroBA students - a special ...

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    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch!
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 8:14 AM
     

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch!

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland!

    – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland! An online game teaching international students basic Dutch language skills will be launched next summer to help them integrate quicker into Dutch society and make it easier to find a job if they wish to stay n the Netherlands after graduation. This was one of the announcements made this week by the Dutch minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, who also said the government will budget 5 million euros each year towards 1000 bursaries aimed mainly at top international students who wants to study here, but also for Dutch students who want to go abroad. Language is seen as one of the obstacles in retaining international students after graduation. A survey has shown about 70% of students would like to remain in the Netherlands after completing their degree, but in reality only 27% stay. “Retaining international talent strengthens not only the Dutch education system but also its knowledge economy.”

    Bussemaker also indicated legislative amendments extending the so-called zoekjaar which allows foreign students to stay for up to a year in the Netherlands after their studies to look for a job, are on the cards.

    The international student population at research universities is estimated at 12% while it is around 7% at universities of applied science and growing. Despite this growth the Netherlands are still lagging behind some other European countries and Bussemaker is determined for this to change. “We can and must do better.” She did however caution that quality wont be compromised hence no quotas will be set for incoming international mobility.

    Learn about the Dutch and how to speak Dutch – a new online game coming for International Students who want to Study In Holland!

    Bussemaker said its important to keep contact with students who do choose to leave the Netherlands after completing their studies as they can serve as valuable ambassadors for Dutch higher education. An active ...

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    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 21 July 2014, 8:53 AM
     

    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it!

    Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it beyond the mere movement of students, but also assess its impact on people.Institutes of higher education embracing internationalization needs to define it beyond the mere movement of students, but also assess its impact on people.   

    This was one of the comments on the recently launched “Global Survey of the Internationalization of Higher Education” by the International Association of Universities which surveyed 1336 institutions in 131 countries. 

    In commenting on the outcomes of the survey Dr Rahul Choudaha, senior director of strategic development at World Education Services in New York, said in a blog institutions need to become more focused not only on defining internationalization beyond the movement of people, but also on assessing the impact on people. 

    “Institutions should strive to establish campuses that are welcoming environments and are conducive to learning for a wide variety of students from various backgrounds, and to teaching for faculty of different national origins.”

    As part of collecting information on the impact it has on its students Wittenborg University recently launched a new effort get in touch with its former students and create an active alumni network. Therefore is encouraging all its former students - Bachelor and Master students - to make contact with the university in order to know about their experience at Wittenborg and current status. They can do so by emailing alumninetwork@wittenborg.eu

    “Institutions should strive to establish campuses that are welcoming environments and are conducive to learning for a wide variety of students from various backgrounds, and to teaching for faculty of different national origins.”Dr Choudaha further writes that In terms of student mobility, leaders should decide what success would be at their institution. “Universities generate ideas. In the global knowledge economy ideas are an essential aspect of internationalization.

    Internationalization strategies should incorporate global elements into research and curricula that are relevant to the mission of the institution. Core competencies and relevant research that will prepare ...

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    Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 20 July 2014, 2:15 PM
     

    Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme!

    In all its programmes, Wittenborg encourages the development and understanding of an international & multicultural outlook, best practice in management, diversity, sustainability and entrepreneurship.WUP 19/7/2014

     - Good news if you are interested in doing an MBA programme! Admissions are now open for Wittenborg University’s newly accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme which will start in September 2014. This week Wittenborg received unconditional accreditation for its MBA program from the German accreditation body, FIBAA, after passing its strict quality criteria requirements with flying colors. Students have the option of two entry dates per academic year - the next starting dates for the MBA programme will 1 September 2014 and 9 February 2015. 

    Highly praised

    In its appraisal, FIBAA writes: “The described profile and the competence goals of the programme are comparable to other MBA programmes on the education market. Nevertheless, based on the international atmosphere, the small class sizes and the academic guidance by the teaching staff the panel considers that the programme can compete on the education market.”

    Career Prospects

    The full-time Wittenborg Master of Business Administration is an MBA degree primarily aimed at students with a non-business administration Bachelor degree, who have had at least 2 years of experience working in companies and organizations in a role that manages people or processes, or both.

    These positions can include management or policy-making positions in large organisations, as well as positions of management in small to medium sized companies (SMEs). An aim is that students are able to critical analyse and evaluate various developments within an organisation so that they can form, create and instigate policies, visions and aims and solutions within that organisatio

    Wittenborg University: Lecturers, Teaching Staff and Business Support Staff Wanted for September 2012

    The admission requirements (criteria) for the MBA are as follows:

    • A Bachelor degree or equivalent recognised qualification;
    • Applicants are requested to provide an academic ...
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    Graduation & Meet & Greet Drink Event Before the Vacation!
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 20 July 2014, 10:06 AM
     

    Graduation & Meet & Greet Drink Event Before the Vacation!

    Graduation Wittenborg University 2014Wittenborg closes academic year with a Graduation Ceremony and a “Meet & Greet – Happy Holidays event”, held at the Apeldoorn City Hall. Happy Graduates from Block 7 Graduation were awarded their Bachelor degrees, and 5 students were awarded a Certificate of Achievement after passing the first year of their EuroBA international hospitality management Bachelor. 

    The ceremony was opened by director Peter Birdsall and this year’s speaker was local government alderman Olaf Prinsen, who represented the local City Council and the Mayor.

    Graduation in ApeldoornPrinsen commented “The municipality is looking forward to renewing its covenant with Wittenborg in the coming academic year, to ensure a long term partnership between the town and the school, a partnership in which, for instance,  we try to solve the (student) housing problem and so to support Wittenborg in its growth ambition”

    Wittenborg University has a rolling intake, so students can graduate throughout the year, at six different blocks, and this year there have been various graduation moments during the year, and its tradition to combine the last graduation of the academic year with an end of year event. All of the lucky graduates were girls this year!

    The 5 EuroBA students represent 5 different nationalities, Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, Pakistan and Nigeria, and they have completed the first of a three year European Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality Management, that will see them study in 4 different countries before returning to Wittenborg to graduate. From September, the five will be studying Year 2 of this programme at Angell Akademie, a hospitality business school located in Freiburg Germany.

    After the graduation ceremony was over, representative of the municipality, local companies, organisations and ‘friends of Wittenborg’ came to the City Hall to join Wittenborg ...

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    Minister Bussemaker to launch 1000 scholarships for international students looking to study in Holland, or to Dutch students wanting to study abroad!
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 8:31 PM
     

    Dutch Minister of Education is hopeful that the Dutch economy will soon recover to give international students the chance to compete on the Netherlands job market. Minister Bussemaker to launch 1000 scholarships for international students looking to study in Holland, or to Dutch students wanting to study abroad!

    The Dutch government’s decision to make €5 million available annually for bursaries which will be allocated to international as well as Dutch students, has been widely welcomed. A new scholarship program will be created whereby 1000 scholarships worth €5,000 each will be awarded - primarily for students from outside the EER, but also for Dutch students wishing to study abroad. 

    The announcement was made yesterday by the Dutch minister of higher education, Jet Bussemaker, who visited Wittenborg University in Apeldoorn earlier this year.

    It comes after pressure from university bodies which stressed recently that in order to attract top international students to the Netherlands, the country urgently needs a bursary scheme. By the same token, the government is of the opinion that Dutch students should be motivated to study abroad and be exposed to a variety of cultures and international experiences in an increasingly global world. Thus, many employers value international skills when looking to fill a position.

    Jet Bussemaker - Dutch Minister of Education at Wittenborg University 2014

    The decision, which Bussemaker announced in a letter encompassing her vision for adding an international dimension to Dutch higher education, is expected to see thousands of international students coming to the Netherlands in the next few years.

    “In my view internationalization is crucial for the acquirement of a knowledge-economy, skills and professional competencies,” Bussemaker writes in the letter addressed to the Tweede Kamer

    Wittenborg University is proud of its truly international character boasting more than 60 different nationalities among its students and staff.

    Bussemaker highlighted the unique selling points of the Netherlands, including its binary system offering professional (hbo) and academic (wo) degrees, ...

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    Unconditional MBA Accreditation!
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 6:13 PM
     

    Unconditional MBA Accreditation!

    Wittenborg University is pleased to announce that it has received an unconditional accreditation for its new MBA programme from German accreditation body FIBAA.

    The MBA accreditation is valid from September 2014 until 31 August 2019. "The programme “Master of Business Administration” (MBA) of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences fulfils the FIBAA quality requirements for Master programmes. This includes also the fulfilment of the European MBA-Guidelines. The programme can be accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). It is in accordance with the National and the European Qualifications Framework in their applicable version valid at the time of opening of the procedure. It has a modular structure, has been assigned ECTS points and leads to the academic degree of ‘Master of Business Administration’. The degree is awarded by the Higher Education Institution."

    New Bachelor MBA ccredited! - Wittenborg University's Master of Business Administration accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

    In its 2 day audit, the FIBAA accreditation panel has especially highlighted the following areas as having exceeded its quality criteria requirements

    ·         Gender equality and equality of opportunity;

    ·         Internationality of student community;

    ·         The complete English language environment;

    ·         Provision of student support / coaching by teaching staff;

    ·         Process organisation and administrative support for students and teaching staff;

    ·         Individual counselling and welfare services for students;

    ·         Programme descriptions module information and documentation;

    The MBA programme is aimed at providing graduates with the skills and competencies to fulfill management positions in the field of business administration, both in the public and private sector. These positions can include management or policy-making positions in large organisations, as well as positions of management in ...

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    International Students Travel around Europe on their Shengen Visa - the Dutch travel the world!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 14 July 2014, 3:36 PM
     

    Wittenborg Students enjoying the holidays last summer (2013)

    International Students Travel around Europe on their Shengen Visa - the Dutch travel the world!

    - the Summer break officially starts next week! What are your holiday plans? For International students, one of the great things about studying in a European country like the Netherlands is the relative ease with which you can travel to a host of different countries which are part of the Schengen agreement (26 in total!). So it is no surprise that many international students at Wittenborg University use their holiday time to travel as wide and far as possible in Europe. And, it seems, the Dutch students are no slackers either.

    According to the Dutch central bureau for statistics (CBS) approximately two-thirds of students are likely to go on holiday this summer. After all, the new academic year only starts in the first week of September.

    Of the 775 000 scholars and students older than 16 years more than 70% go away for a long holiday at least once a year. Some even do it twice!

    Only about 3 out of 10 have no plans at all except to stay at home.

    Of the whole Dutch population about 75% go at least once a year on holiday and even higher percentage (83%) of the highly educated who on average go 2,5 times per year for a break.

    All good and well, but what does the CBS mean when they talk about a “longer vacation”?

    Well, to qualify for bragging out your “luxuriously long holiday”, it means staying over at a place of accommodation outside your house for at least four consecutive nights. It doesn’t count if you were in hospital for four nights or longer or on a business trip.

    Only spending a few nights away for purposes of leisure and relaxation is seen as a longer holiday. And no, staying at a friend’s house does not count either.

    What will you be up to this summer? Let us know or share with us your holiday pictures via the Wittenborg Facebook page.

    Now, like they...

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    The GREAT Project, a substantial research project in Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 11:50 AM
     

    The GREAT Project, a substantial research project in Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies

    Creating a “Research Environment” at a small University of Applied Sciences is seen as a major element of its research strategy, and it is Wittenborg’s aim to develop a research environment that involves the interaction of staff and students within the institute and associated to the institute with regard to research within the Bachelor and Master curriculum and more extensive research outside and within partnerships between national and international academic and research institutions. 

    Director Maggie Feng, who is leading the research centre team at Wittenborg for the GREAT Project

    According to Director Maggie Feng, who is leading the research centre team for the GREAT Project, “Wittenborg believes that its research projects should have a direct impact on the regional economy that our University belongs to, for instance, the Municipality of Apeldoorn, the Province of Gelderland, and even the Netherlands as a whole. The GREAT project provides Wittenborg the opportunity to contribute to development of sustainable policy and implementation of renewable energy application in the region, specifically working with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), coupled with the stimulation of investment in human capitol, essential for the regional and national economy.”

    Developing a Research Strategy

    In February 2011, Dr Teun Wolters, as Wittenborg’s first appointed research professor (lector in Dutch) wrote “It is our vision that Wittenborg University’s development should rest on two pillars: education and research.  For the moment all activities emanating from this fall within the ambit of the business school, but this may change in the future”.

    Dr Wolters explained that the initial research activities will be in the area of his research and teaching commitment (corporate sustainability...

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