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    Wittenborg Appoints Dr Regina Kecht as New Interim Academic Dean
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 21 January 2017, 9:00 AM
     

    Wittenborg Appoints Dr Regina Kecht as New Interim Academic Dean

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    Wittenborg Appoints Dr Regina Kecht as New Interim Academic DeanWittenborg University of Applied Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Maria-Regina Kecht as its new interim Academic Dean.

    Dr Kecht will be based in Vienna, Austria, where Wittenborg will open a new campus in September 2017. She was born and grew up in Austria, and spent almost 30 years in the US before returning to Austria in 2009. She holds a PhD in American Studies and Russian from Innsbruck University and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois in the US. She has one daughter (25) who lives in London.

    What will be your priorities as interim Academic Dean at Wittenborg?

    Given the interim nature of this assignment, it will be most important to familiarise myself quickly with the lie of the land and play a constructive consulting role with regard to all upcoming academic and accreditation issues. My many years of relevant experience should be useful for the team efforts required to implement Wittenborg’s goals.

    You will be based in Vienna. How will you navigate the transnational nature of the job?

    In Vienna, I will be helping the Wittenborg team prepare and establish the proposed programmes to be launched in the fall of 2017. In Apeldoorn and Amsterdam, I will be working together with faculty and staff preparing the re-accreditation site visits and similar matters. Many of our meetings will be virtual and my physical location will be irrelevant in that context. Obviously, regular trips to the Netherlands are planned.

    Wittenborg Appoints Dr Regina Kecht as New Interim Academic DeanWhy were you interested in working at Wittenborg?

    I had been informed about the current projects and goals of Wittenborg, and when some consulting work became necessary regarding the Vienna site, our conversations generated the profile ...

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    Removal of Wittenborg's Spaceboxes Marks End of an Era and Heralds a New Beginning in Student Housing
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 19 January 2017, 2:18 PM
     

    Removal of Wittenborg's Spaceboxes Marks End of an Era and Heralds a New Beginning in Student Housing

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    Removal of Wittenborg's Spaceboxes Marks End of an Era and Heralds a New Beginning in Student HousingIt is the end of an era! After more than 5 years the colourful Spaceboxes  - which provided accommodation to dozens of international students from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn - are being removed.

    The Spaceboxes - ship containers meant as a temporary housing solution after Wittenborg moved from Deventer to Apeldoorn in 2010 - will get a new lease of life. They will be taken over by Welman Units in Almelo. Already last week, the 24 containers could be seen forklifted one by one in Molendwars Street, not far from Wittenborg's Spoorstraat location.

    With Apeldoorn not yet developed as a student city with the necessary facilities, Wittenborg acquired the Spaceboxes to ensure international students have a place to stay when they arrive in the Netherlands.

    Today, the school has grown to more than 600 students from about 80 different nationalities, necessitating a more permanent and affordable housing solution. In cooperation with the Apeldoorn municipality (gemeente), the university is now continuously working towards repurposing empty buildings in the city for student accommodation.

    Last year, Wittenborg invested for the first time in student accommodation by purchasing 5 apartments in the south of Apeldoorn - about 3km from its campus at 500 Laan van de Menserechten.

    Last week, at the annual staff dinner, Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, said the university will also develop a campus in the centre of Apeldoorn, which will house about 35 students.
     

    WUP 19/1/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Celebration at Annual Staff New Year Dinner - Looking ahead at 2017
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 9:36 AM
     

    Celebration at Annual Staff New Year Dinner - Looking ahead at 2017

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences' annual 2017 staff dinner, held at Restaurant "De Brugwachter" in Apeldoorn, was attended by around 95 members of staff and partners.

    Celebration at Annual Staff New Year Dinner - Looking ahead at 2017

    In a relaxed atmosphere, staff enjoyed good food and the traditional speech held by Wittenborg's chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, in which he looked back at the highlights of 2016, before presenting the key events planned for 2017. The evening started with 30 seconds of silence for lecturer Ton Willems who passed away last week.

    Birdsall informed the party that 2017 would see the new School of Education taking shape with the pending validation of a Bachelors' and a Masters' in Education jointly to be developed with the University of Brighton in the UK. The School of Education is expected to launch mid-2017 with classes starting in 2018.  Meanwhile, there will also be quality audits of all Wittenborg's Bachelor programmes in 2017.

    The key announcement for 2017 was the Celebration Gala that will be held to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Wittenborg. The Gala will be held at the Apeldoorn City Hall, on Friday 10th November 2017. More details are to follow.

    In the run up to the event a special anniversary logo has been designed - actually four possible choices - and at the dinner staff were asked to vote on which logo they would like to see. The result will be published this week.
    Celebration at Annual Staff New Year Dinner - Looking ahead at 2017
    Another exciting event to look forward to in 2017 is the opening of Wittenborg's Vienna campus in Austria in September. It will be led by Dr Alexander Bauer, currently a senior lecturer based in Vienna.

    Birdsall also introduced Wittenborg's new interim Academic Dean, Regina Kecht, and its new international sales director, Tim ...

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    Respected Wittenborg Lecturer, Ton Willems, Passes Away - Also had Illustrious Career in Dutch Royal Air Force
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 13 January 2017, 4:00 PM
     

    Respected Wittenborg Lecturer, Ton Willems, Passes Away - Also had Illustrious Career in Dutch Royal Air Force

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    Respected Wittenborg Lecturer, Ton Willems, Passes Away - Also had Illustrious Career in Dutch Royal Air ForceTon Willems, respected lecturer at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences and retired military officer, has passed away at the age of 70.

    Willems died on Wednesday, 11 January, in Almelo after an extended period of illness. He leaves behind his wife, Hermie Willems-Holshof, and three daughters: Susanne, Natasja and Marjolein.

    The sad news was announced on Friday by Wittenborg’s chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, who also expressed his condolences to Willems’ widow on behalf of the university.

    “We will sincerely miss him, his sense of humour, his discussions and of course his absolute loyalty to our school. We knew that Ton was very sick, but still it comes as a great shock to us all,” Birdsall said. According to him Willems was a highly respected and very much appreciated colleague at Wittenborg with whom he and Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, had a warm relationship.

    Willems taught a range of modules at Wittenborg from 2004 – 2015 and had a guiding influence on many students who came to study at Wittenborg from all over the world. Courses he lectured includes Quality Management, Research Methods, Industrial Relations, Statistics and Corporate Strategy.

    Antonius (Ton) Johannes Willems was born on 11 December 1946 in Haarlem. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy as technical officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He also studied Public Administration at Leiden University and Management and Economics in Eindhoven.

    During his illustrious career in the Air Force Willems enjoyed his contact with aircraft maintenance and the armaments industry, and later on with many external consultants hired to enable the success ...

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    Dutch Student's "Eye-Opening" Internship at Apeldoorn Hotel
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 4:09 PM
     

    Dutch Student's "Eye-Opening" Internship at Apeldoorn Hotel

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    Dutch Student's "Eye-Opening" Internship at Apeldoorn HotelHospitality student Marnix Doorman chose a unique hotel to do his in-company training – one where he worked alongside students with special needs.

    With the assistance of Wittenborg’s work placement coordinator, Adrianne Jonquière-Breure, he recently worked for 6 months at Parc Spelderholt – a place that encompasses a hotel, castle and estate in the beautiful Veluwe area. 

    Marnix, whose parents are Dutch, grew up in Australia and joined Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in 2014, where he is doing a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management.

    Marnix was part of the hotel’s hospitality team – assisting in the food & beverage department, performing reception duties in the hotel and conference halls, and also helped out in the sales department. Parc Spelderholt is situated in Beekbergen, close to Apeldoorn.

    According to Marnix, he worked closely alongside students with special needs, helping them gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for future employment.

    “The hotel recently made the switch from a ‘care hotel’ to a regular hotel, and that required some adaption. I found it very interesting and learned many new skills.”

    He concedes it was sometimes a challenge to work with special needs students. “You have to be especially motivational and go the extra mile. Yet, I commend them for doing something different. It was quite an eye-opening experience for me.”

    Next, he would like to do an internship at a 4 or 5 star hotel.


    WUP 10/1/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Hospitality Management Graduates also Popular with High-End Companies like Louis Vuitton, says Report
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 7 January 2017, 2:04 PM
     

    Hospitality Management Graduates also Popular with High-End Companies like Louis Vuitton, says Report

    Hospitality Management Graduates also Popular with High-End Companies like Louis Vuitton, says Report

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/hospitality-management-graduates-also-popular-high-end-companies-louis-vuitton-says-report.htm)

    The hotel industry is not the only career option for hospitality management students - they are also sought after by high-end companies like Louis Vuitton, Bloomberg and JP Morgan, PIE News reports.

    The site was reporting on the continued boom in the tourism and travel sector, which translates into more job opportunities for hospitality and tourism graduates.

    “At the same time, hospitality management courses are prized even more highly because well-established companies like JP Morgan, Bloomberg, Disneyland and Louis Vuitton are frequently recruiting internationally-oriented future managers from them,” the article reads.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences offers an IBA and BA in Hospitality Management (double degree), as well as a Bachelor in International Tourism.

    Students can also further their studies with a Master degree (MSc) in International Hospitality Management or an MBA in Hospitality, as well as a MSc in International Tourism Management.

    In its latest annual report, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that the tourism sector now accounts for 1 out of 11 jobs in the world. “With more than one billion tourists travelling to an international destination every year, tourism has become a leading economic sector, contributing 10% of global GDP and 6% of the world’s total exports.”

    The number of international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in 2015 increased by 4.6% to reach a total of 1186 million worldwide, an increase of 52 million over the previous year. It was the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth in international tourism following the 2009 global economic crisis.

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    Australian Student Balances Football at AFC-Amsterdam with Studies at Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 5 January 2017, 3:11 PM
     

    Australian Student Balances Football at AFC-Amsterdam with Studies at Wittenborg

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    Australian Student Balances Football at AFC-Amsterdam with Studies at WittenborgThe Dutch are not only famous for their cheese and millions of bicycles, but also for their legendary skills on the football field – just think of Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers in history!

    And football is exactly what lured Australian student, Mauro Davila, to the Netherlands. The 18-year-old is doing an IBA in Information Management at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, while at the same time playing for Dutch football club AFC-Amsterdam.

    “I came over in August last year for try-outs at Dutch clubs and was selected for AFC’s second division.” He joined Wittenborg in December and said he chose the university because it is international, offers English-taught programmes and has several entry dates.

    He trains three times a week and plays centre back position. “I played football back home in Sydney and have been playing since I was 6-years old.” His favourite football team is Manchester United, and the player he admires the most is German defender Jerome Boateng.

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    According to Mauro, he found adapting to life in Holland quite easy, but misses friends and family. “And the good weather!”

    He has not settled on what career he envisions, but deems a good education and obtaining an academic degree as important as football.
     

     


    WUP 5/1/2017

    by Anesca Smith
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    Some of the 2016 Wittenborg highlights
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 11:26 PM
     

    Some of the 2016 Wittenborg highlights

    Some of the 2016 Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences highlights

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/some-2016-wittenborg-highlights.htm )

    In contrast to the political turmoil throughout the world, and it’s possible effect on higher education, 2016 proved to be an excellent year for Wittenborg, with many exciting developments and a steady growth in new students and new teaching staff.

    In the UK, a surprising vote for Brexit threw up many questions regarding the UK degree programmes and student - teacher mobility, and the answers have been saved for another day! Another surprising victory saw Trump take the win in the US presidential election, and the effects this might have on international higher education are yet to be seen. The Netherlands will surly remain a hot favourite for a growing study abroad destination.

    Highlights of the year at Wittenborg included the validation of a double degree in business for the Amsterdam location and a Master in Sport Business Management, to be started in September 2017. Both these events coincided with a growth in students following the entrepreneurship IBA / EBA pathway in Amsterdam and a partnership with the Full Force Sports academy in Apeldoorn  that  will provide accommodation combined with sports facilities for Wittenborg students, as well as stimulating partnership for the sports business degree programmes.

    Some of the 2016 Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences highlightsExpanding its international reach, Wittenborg announced the opening of an Austrian 'Vienna Location' - joining forces with a business school there, Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen (EWS), to offer its IBA and MBA programmes from 2017 at the EWS location. The Vienna Campus will allow students to 'exchange' within the same institute in programmes such as the so-called 'EuroBA' (International Hospitality Management - double bachelors degree with the University of Brighton) and some business administration (IBA) pathways .

    Amongst other research projects, ...

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences wishes you a happy and successful 2017!
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 31 December 2016, 11:10 AM
     

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences wishes you a happy and successful 2017!

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    Happy 2017 - Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences

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    Wittenborg all set to start in Vienna in September 2017!
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 30 December 2016, 7:16 PM
     

    Wittenborg all set to start in Vienna in September 2017!

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    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences officially signed the agreement with its partner the Europa-Wirtschaftsschulen in Vienna to allow the start of programmes at the EWS location.Wittenborg all set to start in Vienna in September 2017!

    Wittenborg is already taking enrolments for its IBA programmes to start in Vienna next September.

    Initially, the IBA programmes to be offered are in Economics & Management, Marketing & Communication, Logistics & International Trade and the double degree in International Hospitality Management with the University of Brighton. Later, all the bachelors programmes will be offered.

    MBA will also start in September 2017.    

    For current hospitality students, there will be an opportunity to follow year 2 at the Vienna campus, and for all 2nd phase EuroBA students that will be their location from block 1 in 2017.    

    Later, all IBA students will have the opportunity to study a year in Austria and students starting in Vienna will be able to come to the Netherlands for year 2 or 3.    

    The agreement was signed by Wittenborg's CEO Maggie Feng, and Ingeborg Kühling-Garfield, Managing Director of EWS.     


    WUP 30/12/2016

    by Cornelius Tree
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