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    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:19 PM
     

    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury

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    International students who continue to work in the Netherlands after graduation contribute €1.57 billion annually to the Dutch treasury.

    International Graduates Add €1.57 billion to Dutch Treasury

    This is the amount concluded by EP-Nuffic, based on new figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics and a calculation model by the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) as part of a study into the revenue generated by international students who study in Holland.

    Ambassadors for the Netherlands

    EP-Nuffic estimates that at least 25% of international graduates will continue to live in the Netherlands after their studies. On the other hand, students who choose to return to their home country often serve as ambassadors for the Dutch education system and industry.

    In the 2015-16 academic year, there were 14,900 exchange students in the Netherlands and 61,300 international degree-seeking students – they represent respectively 2.2% and 9.2% of the total student population in the Netherlands. These numbers were released about a month ago by the 2016 Landelijke Monitor Studentenhuisvesting. About 60% of all international students study at a university – significantly higher than their Dutch counterparts (37%).

    Of the international students who graduated in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively 42%, 38% and 36% remained and continue to live in Holland after 5 years. They work just as often and earn the same salary as their Dutch counterparts.

    The majority of students who choose to remain in the Netherlands after graduating are from Germany, China, Indonesia, Poland and Belgium. Students studying at an institute of higher professional education (HBO) – like Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences – are more likely to stay in the Netherlands.
     

    Source: EP-Nuffic

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    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 28 November 2016, 4:35 PM
     

    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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    Dust off your dancing shoes because Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017.  
    Wittenborg Gearing Up to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
    The university’s management has announced it will be hosting several special events during the whole of next year leading up to a magnificent gala dinner to be held for staff, students and friends of Wittenborg on 10 November, 2017.

    Peter Birdsall, chair of the executive board, said there will be academic workshops, seminars, partnership events and research projects kicking off from the beginning of 2017. Another highlight will be the launch of a new study location in the heart of Vienna, the capital of Austria.

    The 30th anniversary will be on an even bigger scale than the 25th celebrations in 2012, which saw the launch of the university’s 10-year plan, a glamorous party with a big band and international students invited to dress in the national attire of their country. That was also the year the university started offering its first international Master of Science programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK.

    The coming event creates an opportunity for the university to look back and reflect on everything it has achieved the past 30 years – especially the fast-paced changes of the past 5 years, including the opening of a second location in Apeldoorn and another in Amsterdam, the launch and accreditation of several new programmes and the continuous growth in student numbers.

    At the same time, it will give a glimpse of what is in store for the next few years. More importantly, it will give the opportunity to connect not only with alumni, students and staff, but also the broader education, government and economic network it has fostered over the years.  

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    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 24 November 2016, 3:31 PM
     

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step closer to setting up a branch campus in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

    The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in ViennaThe memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    The signing took place at the notary office in Deventer, the original birthplace of Wittenborg and the city it operated from for 23 years before moving to Apeldoorn in 2010. It was attended by the two directors of the Vienna campus, Tim Birdsall and Dr Alexander Bauer, as well as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

    Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. It will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

    Peter Birdsall said earlier: "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest."

    WUP 24/11/2016
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    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 24 November 2016, 3:31 PM
     

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in Vienna

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/rapid-progress-opening-wittenborg-campus-vienna.htm



    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is one step closer to setting up a branch campus in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

    The memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    Rapid Progress in Opening Wittenborg Campus in ViennaThe memorandum on the incorporation of a private limited company in Austria was signed this week by the directors of Wittenborg. This key document sets out the rights, duties and responsibilities of shareholders, directors and others within and in relation to a company.

    The signing took place at the notary office in Deventer, the original birthplace of Wittenborg and the city it operated from for 23 years before moving to Apeldoorn in 2010. It was attended by the two directors of the Vienna campus, Tim Birdsall and Dr Alexander Bauer, as well as Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall.

    Wittenborg will offer its range of BBA and MBA programmes in Vienna, following exactly the same curriculum and planning as in Apeldoorn, from where the programmes will be administrated. It will partner with one of the oldest vocational schools in Austria, EWS (Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen Wien).

    Peter Birdsall said earlier: "This is a completely new market for us. Austria has a vastly different international student market from the Netherlands. We hope to open new frontiers by attracting students from countries like China, which has so far not been hugely attracted to Austria. But also from a host of other countries like Slovenia, Russia, Poland and Germany. We think there will be a big interest."

    WUP 24/11/2016
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    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking Country
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:47 PM
     

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking Country

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    The Dutch have overtaken Sweden as the most proficient English speakers in the world outside the Anglosphere.

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking CountryThe 6th annual EF English Proficiency Index which ranks countries by the English skills of its inhabitants was released this week. For the first time, the Netherlands has come up on top after years of playing second fiddle to Nordic countries like Sweden and Denmark.

    “Our research has shown that better English correlates with higher incomes and better quality of life,” the report reads. Almost a million people in 72 countries were surveyed. In nearly all of them women have stronger English skills than men.

    The regions performing the best in the Netherlands were South Holland, North Holland and Gelderland-Overrijssel – the area where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ is located. The Dutch scored high across all ages, particularly young adults in the 21-25 age bracket. Men fared slightly better than women.

    The Netherlands is Top English-Speaking CountryThe Netherlands got an overall score of 72.16 – a whole point higher than second-placed Denmark (71.15), followed by Sweden (70.81), Norway (68.54) and Finland (66.61). Singapore jumped from 12th to 6th place this year, overtaking countries like Luxembourg, Austria, Germany and Poland. The Middle East and North Africa has the lowest level of English proficiency in the world.

    “English is becoming a basic skill for the entire global workforce, in the same way that literacy has transformed in the last two centuries from an elite privilege into a basic requirement for informed citizenship. On the individual level, English has the potential to generate opportunities, strengthen employability, and expand horizons,” the report comments.

    “There are clear reasons why countries with strong English proficiency tend to thrive in the innovation sector....

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    International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 18 November 2016, 7:43 PM
     

    International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong

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    Wittenborg alumnus, Alex Gu, has built a highly successful career in Hong Kong – testifying to the value multinational companies place on graduates who have an international education.International Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kong

    Gu, who was one of the first international students to graduate from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, returned to the Netherlands this week for a visit to his alma mater.

    He obtained his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Wittenborg in 2005, when it was still situated in Deventer, and seemed pleasantly surprised at how much the university has since grown. He was particularly impressed with the new Spoorstraat building in Apeldoorn where he was welcomed by Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng.

    He currently works for the British ADM Group, one of the largest independent marketing services businesses in the world. Before that he worked for an international trading company Li & Fung as a product developer.

    Gu has many fond memories of the Netherlands and even contemplates a return, citing the high quality of life the Dutch enjoy. “People are friendly and I really like the lifestyle – lots of space, barbeques, hot chocolate met slagroom (with whipped cream) and fishing.”

    Is there aInternational Graduates in Demand at Multinational Companies, says Wittenborg Alumnus from Hong Kongnything he did not like about Holland? “The Dutch eat a raw fish called haring (herring) – you tilt your head back and put it in your mouth. I really hated the taste of that fish in the beginning, but after trying it a few times I fell in love with it!”

    Why did he decide to study in Holland. “Since I was a boy of about 7 years in Shanghai, I wanted to study abroad. I applied first to the UK, but the visa process was complicated, which is how I ended up in Holland.”

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    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of Brexit
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 2:15 PM
     

    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of Brexit

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    While it is feared that a Donald Trump presidency in the US will drive international students away, there are signs that Brexit is already doing that in the UK.

    EU-Student Numbers in UK Fall in the Wake of BrexitThe BBC reports that the numbers of EU students applying for the most competitive UK university courses have dropped sharply in the wake of Brexit – the British referendum held in June on whether the UK should remain in the EU.

    The higher education platform Wonkhe released data on which universities in the UK recruit the highest number of international students. In 2014-15 almost a third of postgraduate students in the UK were international (29%), and they made up 10% of all undergraduates.

    The universities with the highest proportion of international undergraduates were the University of Buckingham (41%), London School of Economics and Political Science (38%), and the University of St Andrews (32%). Universities with the highest number of international postgraduate students were Cardiff Metropolitan University (64%), Coventry University (57%), and London School of Economics and Political Science (56%).

    The website also pointed out that, contrary to popular belief, international students are mainly based in areas that voted “Remain” in Brexit – debunking the idea that many British citizens who voted “Leave” based their decision on experience with foreigners like international students.

    “The Prime Minister’s fixation with cutting international student numbers as part of a wider cut-down on immigration has been primarily justified by the Brexit vote, which researchers have shown to be overwhelmingly to do with dissatisfaction with immigration," an article on the website reads.  "However, as you may have already observed from the tables, large numbers of international students are primarily in areas that ...

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    Education Board Puts its Foot Down on Students Skipping Classes
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 14 November 2016, 3:38 PM
     

    Education Board Puts its Foot Down on Students Skipping Classes

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    Students who regularly skip classes might want to think twice before doing so in the future. In other words, you are going to need a better excuse than "I was tired".Education Board Puts its Foot Down on Students Skipping Classes

    Existing policy requires students to attend at least 80% of classes. This will be enforced with language classes immediately and eventually implemented across the board.  The stance was agreed on by members of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ Education Board in their last meeting.

    “We want to ramp up the quality of our graduates,” Wittenborg’s director of education, Peter Birdsall, said about the reasoning behind the decision. “Learning a second language is becoming increasingly more important in the job market – a fact which was also stressed by the accreditation body, FIBAA, in their comments on employer expectations.”

    Consistently failing to show up for classes might have ramifications for a student’s grades and even jeopardise their study visa, if they are an international non-EU student.

    According to school policy - as set out in Wittenborg’s Education and Examination Guide (EEG) - students arriving more than 10 minutes late for the start of a lesson will be barred from entering the lesson and marked absent. If students miss more than one lesson in a block of 4 weeks, the module lecturer has the jurisdiction to decide not to mark the exam. Only in exceptional cases, determined by the Exam Board, the exam would be marked. Students who are sick, or have another serious reason for not attending class, should contact the student administrator.

    Stronger even, as part of the study agreement between Wittenborg and a student, signed upon admission, Wittenborg has the authority to inform the IND if a student attends less than 80% of the lessons, which could ...

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    Wittenborg Lecturer Uses Lego Blocks to Teach MBA Students About Operations Management
    by Peter Birdsall - Sunday, 13 November 2016, 11:09 AM
     

    Wittenborg Lecturer Uses Lego Blocks to Teach MBA Students About Operations ManagementWittenborg Lecturer Uses Lego Blocks to Teach MBA Students About Operations Management

    (Original text: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-lecturer-uses-lego-blocks-teach-mba-students-about-operations-management.htm )

    MBA lecturer, Dr Alexander Bauer, has come up with a fun and interesting way to teach business students how to manage operations - by using Lego blocks!

    This week, MBA students could be seen in class trying to unpuzzle their rather colourful study material as part of their "Operations Management" module. Working in groups of two, students sit back-to-back - one acting as the engineer giving instructions on putting together a product, while the other works on the actual production side. They are not allowed to face each other.

    MBA lecturer, Dr Alexander Bauer, has come up with a fun and interesting way to teach business students how to manage operations - by using Lego blocks!Bauer says he has effectively used Lego blocks in the past to demonstrate the difficulties of managing operations. "I wanted them to experience how difficult it can be to communicate your ideas and make sure there is conformity in quality and in the product."

    What is the perfect process to tackle the job? "Well, first you have to communicate what you are doing and what is your target. Then, you have to develop the same language, the same code to understand the process and also take into account the other person's point of view. How he or she understands it."

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    US Election: International Students Don't Want Trump
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 8 November 2016, 9:53 AM
     

    US Election: International Students Don't Want Trump

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    Less than 10% of international students say they are likely to study in the US if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins Tuesday’s crucial presidential election.

    US Election: International Students Don't Want TrumpThe US is currently the top study destination in the world, but the country could see a drop in international student enrolments if Trump emerges victorious.

    The PIE News reported last week that Study in the USA surveyed over 1,000 students from 130 countries in the latter part of October about the US elections. Study in the USA is a Department of Commerce partner that connects international students with universities and colleges in the US.

    Out of 975 respondents, 639 said they would be more likely to study in the US if Clinton is elected and less likely if Trump is elected. Only 91 students said they would be more likely to go to the US if Trump is elected.

    Respondents were also allowed to leave comments in the survey. A 17-year-old, mixed-race woman from South Africa said she would be sceptical about pursuing study in the US if Trump won the election because of “very explicit racist remarks” he has made during the election cycle.

    “I would not feel comfortable living in a country that is run by a man who seems to hate me and discriminates me just because of my ethnicity,” she said.

    A parent from Brazil also shared her fears, saying, “As Donald Trump hates foreigners, how can my daughter come to study in the USA? I hope Americans can elect Hillary Clinton in the next election.”

    In 2014-15, there were more than 974,000 international students enrolled in the US. Almost a third of them were from China (31%), followed by India (13.6%) and South Korea (6.5%).

    Source: The Pie News

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