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    Project Week Kicks off National Student Survey for IBA students
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 25 February 2018, 9:46 AM
     

    Project Week Kicks off National Student Survey for IBA students

    Project Week Kicks off National Student Survey for IBA students

    In 2017, Wittenborg scored well in the National Student Survey, and much of the feedback given by students during and after the process was actively taken up by Wittenborg.

    Especially important to Wittenborg is the section in the NSE regarding internationalisation and the support given to international students, as this is the key characteristic of the university. It is hoped, however, that students will be enthusiastic enough to fill in the whole of the 20-minute survey.

    Project Week Kicks off National Student Survey for IBA students

    Internationalisation in the NSE

    The NSE Project Week aims to introduce students to the concepts of surveys and research questionnaires, and uses the National Student Survey as an example. Students are asked to evaluate the questions and the techniques used, and finally to present their ideas on how to gain more support from international students to fill in the questionnaire.

    The NSE has a significant impact on institutes standing within the rankings in Dutch higher education. In 2017, Wittenborg scored well, and although it is unclear how the NSE scores reflect in the ranking, Wittenborg was ranked 4th best small university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, and its IBA bachelor's programmes were ranked 2nd.

    The NSE has a significant impact on institutes standing within the rankings in Dutch higher education. In 2017, Wittenborg scored well, and although it is unclear how the NSE scores reflect in the ranking, Wittenborg was ranked 4th best small university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, and its IBA bachelor's programmes were ranked 2nd.

    WUP 25/2/2018

    by James Wittenborg
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    New Figures Show Holland has Highest Internet Access Rate in Europe
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 22 February 2018, 3:10 PM
     

    New Figures Show Holland has Highest Internet Access Rate in Europe

    New Figures Show Holland has Highest Internet Access Rate in Europe

    The Netherlands reigns supreme in Europe when it comes to internet access at home, the Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) revealed this weekend.

    In 2017, 98% of Dutch households had internet access – beating other high-ranking countries like Luxembourg and Denmark (97%), Sweden (95%) and Finland (95%). The European average is 87%.

    In terms of high-speed broadband connectivity, the Netherlands is in the lead as well. The figures are based on an analysis of Eurostat figures by the CBS. All 28 countries in the EU were ranked.

    In addition, the Netherlands and Sweden came out top in terms of internet use on mobile devices (87%), whether at home or work, with the Dutch making the most rapid progress the past 5 years. “On average, 65% of the EU population aged 16 - 74 used the internet on their mobile devices. The use has grown rapidly in the Netherlands - in 2012, only 55% of the Dutch were mobile internet users. That year 70% of the Swedish population used mobile internet on their devices when not at home or at work,” a statement by the CBS read.

    A total of 84% of Dutch and Swedes used a smartphone outside their home or work. This made them the pioneers in the EU, where the average share of smartphone users was 63%. Laptops, notebooks and tablets were used by 54% of the Dutch population last year, 7% higher than Sweden.  

    WUP 22/2/2018

    by James Wittenborg
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    Wittenborg Graduate Sheds Light on "Descendants of Alexander the Great" in Pakistan
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 6:46 PM
     

    Next Holiday Destination Pakistan?


    Wittenborg Graduate Sheds Light on "Descendants of Alexander the Great" in Pakistan

    If you think of popular holiday destinations, Pakistan probably does not spring to mind.

    However, Wittenborg graduate, Jawaid Waleed, wants to change this. He did research and wrote his graduation assignment on the rise of ethno-tourism in Pakistan - focusing on a small community in the country’s Kalash Valley, who are thought to be direct descendants of Alexander the Great’s army that swept through India around 326 BC.

    Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash have their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language. They are also noted for their fair skin and blue eyes, leading to the hypothesis that they are of Greek origin.

    According to Waleed, who recently graduated with an IBA (Bachelor) in Hospitality Management, the Pakistani government pays scant attention to the Kalash people, missing a great tourism opportunity. “I went there in 2012 and was overwhelmed by the experience. The Kalash have an authentic way of life which makes them different from any other ethno-tourism community in Pakistan.

    “However, they need help and the government has a role to play. For instance, the road to the Kalash Valley is in a very bad state, and also the facilities and infrastructure in the community are weak. Furthermore, they are vulnerable in terms of security from the Afghan border.”

    Waleed produced a range of recommendations, including what the government can do to promote tourism in the Kalash Valley without compromising the authenticity of the community.

    He is not yet sure whether he will stay on in the Netherlands now that he’s completed his ...

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    Wittenborg MSc Graduates Receive Degrees from Brighton University
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 18 February 2018, 12:15 PM
     

    Wittenborg MSc Graduates Receive Degrees from Brighton University

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    Wittenborg MSc Graduates Receive Degrees from Brighton University

    Wittenborg's latest Master of Science graduates received their formal degrees on Friday at the University of Brighton's 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony in the UK. Wittenborg offers its MSc programmes in conjunction with Brighton. Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, was also in attendance to support graduates.

    The Graduation ceremony was led by Brighton's Vice Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris, who highlighted the great importance of higher education, to society, the economy and the development of towns, cities and countries. Professor Humphris, who congratulated each degree awardee on stage, also highlighted the importance of life-long learning, and after the ceremony took the time to personally congratulate Wittenborg's students with a photo opportunity.

     

    Wittenborg MSc Graduates Receive Degrees from Brighton University

    Wittenborg has 12 master's degree graduates this winter, and held its own graduation ceremony last week. The graduates are Thomas Daniel Janssen (Netherlands), Brenda Evan Uzoma (Nigeria), Yingjiao Wang (China), Gabriella Margarita Gomez (El Salvadore), Janice Calista (Indonesia), Yuchi Wei (China), Szu Yi Lui (Taiwan), Jinendra Gooneratne (Sri Lanka), Nadine Weltevreden (Netherlands), Nadia Deandra Indradi (Indonesia), Grace Ofodie (Nigeria) and Sanjay Shrestha (Nepal).

    Of these, Nadia, Brenda and Jinendra attended the Brighton ceremony on Friday. Raymon Driessen, who ...

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    University of Groningen's Failed Venture in China Blocks Way for other Dutch Institutions - Wittenborg Writes to Minister of Education
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 16 February 2018, 1:03 PM
     

    University of Groningen's Failed Venture in China Blocks Way for other Dutch Institutions - Wittenborg Writes to Minister of Education

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    University of Groningen's Failed Venture in China Blocks Way for other Dutch Institutions - Wittenborg Writes to Minister of Education

    The management of Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has written to the Dutch Ministry of Education to voice its dismay over the University of Groningen’s decision to abandon its plans to offer full degree programmes in China, noting the damage the decision has caused to the reputation of Dutch higher education abroad, and specifically in China.

    In a hard-hitting letter directed to the minister, Ingrid van Engelshoven, Wittenborg directors Peter Birdsall and Maggie Feng asked that measures be put in place to restore Holland’s image in China, and that the university, as a state-funded institution, give a full financial account of the ill-conceived venture.

    Spelling out the wider repercussions of the Groningen-decision, the letter from Wittenborg reads: “A week after the matter hit the headlines, one of our partner universities in China indicated that cooperation has become much more difficult, which has now forced us to drop agreements around student exchange programmes. These agreements were already at an advanced stage, and were to form the basis of Chinese government subsidised exchange programmes.

    “We have also received similar signals of hesitancy from other partner universities in China. It is thus fair to conclude that our business is suffering as a direct result of what happened in the Yantai-deal, which has led us to write this letter.”

    Talks about setting up a branch campus of the University of Groningen (RUG) in China already started at the beginning of ...

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    Johan Kruithof Cites #metoo Campaign as he Urges Graduates to Use Their Voices as Social Activists and Change the World
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 15 February 2018, 11:46 AM
     

    Johan Kruithof Cites #metoo Campaign as he Urges Graduates to Use Their Voices as Social Activists and Change the World

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    Johan Kruithof


    Alderman Johan Kruithof, city councillor of Apeldoorn, inspired graduates on Friday as the guest speaker at Wittenborg's 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony. In his speech, he reminded graduates that they have a voice which they can use as social activists to bring about change and tackle the challenges faced by modern society. Here is an excerpt from his speech:

    "We, as the government of  Apeldoorn, are excited about having a growing number of international students and staff from Wittenborg in our midst, enriching life in Apeldoorn with their different cultures. We are proud that Wittenborg has been ranked as the 4th best small university of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Wittenborg is also admitting more master's degree students and producing more MSc graduates.

    "So, what advice shall I give to a group of young men and women on the verge of entering the labour market? What assurances about the future?

    "If we look back at the past year, the future might not seem too bright: threats of nuclear war, people fleeing from economic hardships. We continued to make great strides on our way to the 4th industrial revolution, while at the same time we are asking more and more questions about the consequences of all this new technology on the fabric of society.

    "But guess what? It's not all doom and gloom. If 2017 taught us anything, it is the ...

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    New Students from 24 Countries Started in February at Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 2:38 PM
     

    New Students from 24 Countries Started in February at Wittenborg

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    New Students from 24 Countries Started in February at Wittenborg

    A total of 60 new students from at least 24 nationalities started their classes at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences on Monday morning, representing a 20% growth from February last year, and putting the institution on track for its 2018 goals.

    New students got to meet staff and fellow students last week during a lunch as part of Introduction Week activities, where they were also addressed by Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, who reminded new students that they too can have their voice heard by filling out the 2018 National Student Survey, which measures satisfaction levels among all students studying in the Netherlands.

    Among the group there were 9 MBA students, 5 Pre-Master students, 37 Bachelor students and 9 Foundation Phase students. At least 6 students will study at the Wittenborg Amsterdam campus, following the IBA (Bachelor) Entrepreneurship and Small Business. One Chinese student is joining Wittenborg as part of an exchange programme.

    The new students are from the Netherlands, Saudi-Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Vietnam, Italy, Austria, Bangladesh, China, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Russia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Congo (DRC), Cyprus, the US and Uganda.

    WUP 13/2/2018

    By James Wittenborg
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    "I Feel like a Star Today!'' - Latest Wittenborg Graduates in High Spirits at 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 11 February 2018, 1:48 PM
     

    "I Feel like a Star Today!'' - Latest Wittenborg Graduates in High Spirits at 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony

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    "I Feel like a Star Today!'' - Latest Wittenborg Graduates in High Spirits at 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony

    With great pride, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences sent off its latest group of master's and bachelor's degree graduates at its 2018   Winter Graduation Ceremony on Friday.

    “I truly believe that having graduated from Wittenborg – as an international institute – makes you stand out to employers,” Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, told the group who were in high spirits. “You took a path not many people have chosen. I want us to make an agreement: you go out and be successful, and we will do everything to improve our service to students. The more successful you are, and the more well-known and diverse we are, the more the value of your degrees will increase.”

    "I Feel like a Star Today!'' - Latest Wittenborg Graduates in High Spirits at 2018 Winter Graduation Ceremony

    One MSc student, Brenda Evan Uzoma from Nigeria, said: “I feel like a star today. Thank you Wittenborg for creating a home away from home. When I left Nigeria, everyone was wondering why I wanted to pursue further studies. I was supposed to be comfortable where I was. But now I am more educated than when I left. It was not easy, but I am so happy to be here today.”

    While some graduates are looking forward to starting their careers, others intend to continue their studies. A few bachelor's graduates also indicated that they would follow a master's degree programme at Wittenborg.

    Guest speaker was Alderman Johan Kruithof from the City of Apeldoorn. He urged students to think about how they can make a...

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    "Why I Loved Wittenborg's Shanghai Trip" Nigerian Student Gives us the Inside Scoop
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:42 PM
     

    "Why I Loved Wittenborg's Shanghai Trip" Nigerian Student Gives us the Inside Scoop

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    "Why I Loved Wittenborg's Shanghai Trip" Nigerian Student Gives us the Inside Scoop

    Wittenborg’s annual student trip to China’s biggest city, Shanghai, will take place from 1 – 10 June, 2018. Registration for students who want to come along has just been opened.

    Meanwhile, we spoke to Nigerian student Mukadas Kolawole Alashe, who made the trip in 2016, and had a whale of a time.

    Why did you want to do the trip?
    China is a global powerhouse when it comes to economics. As a business student I found it important to see the city for myself. In terms of production you cannot exclude China from the conversation.

    What was the best thing about the trip to Shanghai?
    The food! Everything is really freshly prepared. If you want something, whether it’s still crawling around or not, you just point to it and they will prepare it for you on the spot. I loved the seafood.

     

    "Why I Loved Wittenborg's Shanghai Trip"

    What did you do during the 10 days?
    There were so many activities. We visited really big companies and learned so much about doing business in China. We also spent days at the campus of Wittenborg’s partner, the Shanghai Business School, and experienced the life of a student in China. Last but not least, we visited many of the tourist attractions that Shanghai is famous for.

    It looked like you were really popular with the locals. What are the people like?
    Everyone is really friendly, although many cannot speak English. The students were all assigned families and they treated us like a ...

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    Indonesian Embassy Delegation Visit Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 2:25 PM
     

    Indonesian Embassy Delegation Visit Wittenborg

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    Indonesian Embassy Delegation Visit Wittenborg

    A representative of the Indonesian Embassy in the Netherlands visited Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences recently to discuss cooperation between the parties on Worldproef Day – hosted by Indonesia this year, on 1 July 2018.

    Future cooperation with Indonesia in the field of education was also discussed with the representative, Renata Siagian, ministerial counsellor for socio-culture at the embassy. She met with Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, and admission assistant, Yanti Setiawan, who is Indonesian. Also at the meeting was Simon Boon, president of the Gelre Association, international culture, partnership & business.

    Indonesian Embassy Delegation Visit Wittenborg

    Worldproef is an annual international culture market with various stalls representing different countries’ cuisines, arts, special products and services. The event offers the opportunity to meet and get to know other cultures, emphasising the meaning of collaboration between different countries and cultures. It will take place in Oranje Park. More details will be released later. It is expected that the event will feature a lot of activities for both children and adults.

    Wittenborg will also have a stand at the event involving some of its international students, including Indonesian students.

    WUP 7/2/2018

    By James Wittenborg
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