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    EuroBA Student Wins Internship at Top Dubai Hotel
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 23 May 2016, 1:34 PM
     

    EuroBA Student Wins Internship at Top Dubai Hotel

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    EuroBA Student Wins Internship at Top Dubai HotelLooking for a job? It takes more than just sending your CV to a company, says Emelda Obewu, one of Wittenborg University’s EuroBA students who recently did her internship at one of the leading hotel groups in Dubai:  Rotana Hotels & Resorts.

    Emelda, from Nigeria, started her IBA in Hospitality Management at Wittenborg in 2013 but soon switched to the EuroBA programme – a double degree hospitality programme Wittenborg offers with the University of Brighton in the UK. The EuroBA allows students to spend a part of their studies at one of Wittenborg’s partner institutes abroad.

    According to Emelda she wanted to have work experience in the Middle East after spending one year of her studies at Wittenborg, then the ANGELL Academy in Freiburg, Germany, before going to the University of Brighton. Now she is wrapping up her programme at Wittenborg, hoping to get her degree at the university’s 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony on 8 July.

    “I found the Rotana Hotel Group online and then signed up to their career site. I also sent them my CV, but what really helped was that I followed up with a phone call. You have to call. It shows you are serious with your application and it expresses enthusiasm.” The company was impressed with her efforts and after a Skype interview she got the internship from February to June in 2015.

    “While doing my internship I made sure that I was exposed to different aspects of the hotel industry – from operations to the kitchen." She even worked as a pastry chef! “It feels like I’ve grown a lot the past 3 years, mainly because of all the places I have experienced and people I have met. It contributes in different ways to your development, going to school in Europe and doing an internship in Dubai.”

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    New EU Rules Make It Easier for International Students to Move and Study in Europe - 'Great News', according to British Chair at Wittenborg'
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 20 May 2016, 11:04 PM
     

    New EU Rules Make It Easier for International Students to Move and Study in Europe

    New EU Rules Make It Easier for International Students to Move and Study in Europe - 'Great News', according to British Chair at Wittenborg'

    (Original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/new-eu-rules-make-it-easier-international-students-move-and-study-europe-great-news-according.htm)

    International students in the Netherlands might soon be able to work more hours and move more easily within the European Union during their studies after a new visa directive was passed by the European Parliament recently.

    According to a press release, the idea behind the move is to harmonize EU entry and residence rules to make it easier and more attractive for people from 'third' , countries to study or do research at EU universities (i.e non-EU students already studying in one EU country, spending time for study in a 'third' country).

    In the meantime, Wittenborg University’s British Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, has held up the directive as a good example of why it is imperative for the UK to remain part of the European Union.  “This is great news, especially for our hospitality students who spend time in other EU institutes - this is exactly the sort of example of how the EU is beneficial to its global citizens - improving the standard for international students across the EU. The Netherlands benefits from this in a way that the UK will not if it decides to leave the EU.” 

    Member states, like the Netherlands, now have 2 years in which to transpose the provisions of the directive into their national laws. The new rules ensure that:

    • students and researchers may stay at least nine months after finishing their studies or research in order to look for a job or to set up a business, which should also ensure that Europe benefits from their skills;
    • students and researchers may move more easily within the EU during their stay. In future, they will not need to file a new visa application, ...
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    "Wittenborg has a Good Reputation in My Country," Says New Student During Introduction Week
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 16 May 2016, 8:44 AM
     

    "Wittenborg has a Good Reputation in My Country," Says New Student During Introduction Week

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    "Wittenborg has a Good Reputation in My Country," Says New Student During Introduction WeekAt least 23 new students will start with their classes on Monday at Wittenborg University, representing 8 different nationalities.

    "Wittenborg has a Good Reputation in My Country," Says New Student During Introduction Week

    While many are yet to arrive, others enjoyed the fun of Introduction Week activities on Wednesday and Thursday, including a delicious lunch where they got to meet Wittenborg staff and fellow students. The new arrivals hail from Libya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam and India. While many are yet to arrive, others enjoyed the fun of Introduction Week activities on Wednesday and Thursday, including a delicious lunch where they got to meet Wittenborg staff and fellow students.  The new arrivals hail from Libya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam and India.

     

     

    Anmol Pradhan from Nepal said he chose to study at Wittenborg after receiving recommendations about the university from friends back home. “Wittenborg is well-known in Nepal. After looking at the website I also liked the study environment and the fact that it is multi-cultural.” Anmol received direct entry for the final phase of Wittenborg’s IBA in Finance and Service Management. He arrived about a week ago in the Netherlands and says his first impressions are of a country with friendly people and “helpful housemates”. He is staying in Wittenborg’s student accommodation.

    Anmol Pradhan from Nepal said he chose to study at Wittenborg after receiving recommendations about the university from friends back home. “Wittenborg is well-known in Nepal. After looking at the website I also liked the study environment and the fact that it is multi-cultural.” Anmol received direct entry for the final phase of Wittenborg’s IBA in Finance and Service Management. He arrived about a week ago in the Netherlands and says his first impressions are of a country with friendly people and “helpful housemates”. He is staying in Wittenborg’s student accommodation. Yousef Saadi from Libya was studying in Malta when he decided to switch to Wittenborg and he says this eased the visa procedure. He will do an IBA in Economics & Management. “Initially I considered the US, but did you know that once you start your studies there, it is much more difficult to travel between the US and home?” He also likes the fact that Wittenborg is situated in a small town.

     

     

    "Wittenborg has a Good Reputation in My Country," Says New Student During Introduction Week

    Basu Bhandari, also a new student from Nepal, did a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks and IT Security in his home country before coming to Wittenborg where he will do an IBA in Economics & Management, entering in the final phase of the programme. “If I get a ...

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    NSE Results Boost Wittenborg's Ambition to Become a Leading Research University in Holland
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 14 May 2016, 9:20 AM
     

    NSE Results Boost Wittenborg's Ambition to Become a Leading Research University in Holland

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    NSE Results Boost Wittenborg's Ambition to Become a Leading Research University in HollandMost students in the Netherlands are happy with the quality of education they receive, the 2016 National Student Survey (NSE) has shown. Student satisfaction levels at Universities of Applied Sciences like Wittenborg have increased from 58% to 60% in the past year.

    At Wittenborg students indicated they are particularly pleased with the scientific skills they attain during the course of their studies, thereby showing Wittenborg is well on its way in pursuit of becoming a leading research university in the Netherlands.

    Scientific skills include critical thinking abilities, the development of scientific theories, the ability to think analytically, scientific writing as well as a methodological and academic way of researching, compiling and presenting data.

    Students awarded Wittenborg a score of 7.78 out of 10 for the scientific skills they obtain here – improving on its score of 7.55 last year and also well above the national average.

    Students were also of the opinion that the university is improving on the career preparation they receive at Wittenborg. It scored 7.02 compared to last year’s 6.97. Career preparation entails the acquiring of skills that prepare students for the job market.

    In areas such as general skills, academic guidance, lecturers, testing and assessment, study information, programme schedules, group sizes, internship experience and quality care, Wittenborg was much in line with the national Dutch average.

    However, students thought that there was room for improvement in matters such as adequate student housing and the study environment, which reflects on the cultural activities on offer in the city where the university is located, accessibility and leisure ...

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    Wittenborg Students Make "Brilliant" Debut on Dutch TV!
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 13 May 2016, 1:26 PM
     

    Wittenborg Students Make "Brilliant" Debut on Dutch TV!

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    Students from Wittenborg University made their debut on Dutch TV this week when they pitched their crowdfunding ideas in the programme “The Business Battle” on RTL Z. See the video here.

    Wittenborg Students Make "Brilliant" Debut on Dutch TV!Almost 100 students from 40 different nationalities took part, making a huge impression with the professional quality of their pitches and handling the limelight like celebrities. With the crowdfunding campaign students will attempt to raise €75 000 for a youth empowering project in Kenya called Vijana Reloaded.

    Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, called their efforts “brilliant” and said that potential employers will be impressed with the presentations. Members of the jury judging the pitches also had high praise for the students who worked in groups.

     

     

     



    TWittenborg Students Make Brilliant Debut on Dutch TV_1he chairperson of the jury, Marianne Zwagerman – who is an author and media critic – said that although the contestants were first-year students their presentations were professional and “sparkling”. Both students from Wittenborg Apeldoorn and Amsterdam took part in the challenge after being coached by marketing specialists. One of these specialists were Merel Rumpling, from The Proportion Foundation, who recently made a pitch to Bill Gates!

     

     

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    The two finalists who eventually emerged were July Selyanayagam and Toby Odukoya, both from Wittenborg Apeldoorn. Selyanayagam was praised for her “bubbling pitch and specific action plan”, but in the end it was the confidence and enthusiasm of Odukoya, who grew up in Africa herself, that impressed jury members the most - especially her idea to appeal to potential Dutch donators on King’s Day!

     

     

    WUP 13/5/2016

     

    by Anesca Smith

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    Holland has Some of World's Most Prestigious Universities
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 9:43 AM
     

    Holland has Some of World's Most Prestigious Universities

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    Holland has Some of World's Most Prestigious UniversitiesIn a global ranking of the most prestigious universities in the world, the Netherlands managed to stay in the top 5 while many European countries are rapidly losing ground to Asia.

    The 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings annually surveys leading academics around the world to determine which universities enjoy the most respect and admiration. More than 10 000 academics were surveyed.

    This year the Netherlands has 5 universities in the Top 100, along with China, Japan and France. The only countries ahead of it are the US (25), the UK (10) and Germany (6). Australia, which last year also had 5 universities in the Top 100 has dropped to 3. The latest ranking was launched at the British Council’s global higher education conference in Cape Town last week.

    The list is dominated by the so-called super league universities in the United States and Britain which combined have 35 institutes in the Top 100 – down from 55 last year. The US strengthened its position, with Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University now occupying the top three places. The latter two replaced the UK’s University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford which are now in respectively 4th and 5th position.

    Despite maintaining a strong performance, four of the Netherlands’ five representatives and four of Germany’s six institutions have dropped down the list. Denmark and Finland have completely dropped off the list where last year each had one institution in the Top 100.

    Meanwhile, Asia has increased its share of institutions – it now boasts 18 universities in the Top 100, up from 10 last year. Its top performer – Japan’s University of Tokyo – sits comfortable at 12th place while China’s ...

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    "Learn as Much Dutch as you can!" Chinese Graduate Advises International Students
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 9 May 2016, 4:04 PM
     

    "Learn as Much Dutch as you can!" Chinese Graduate Advises International Students

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    "Learn as Much Dutch as you can!" Chinese Graduate Advises International Students“Learn as much Dutch as quickly as you can!” says Chinese graduate, Meiqiong Piao, who recently obtained her IBA degree in Marketing and Communication from Wittenborg University.

    “It will help you find a part-time job or internship which, in turn, if you intend to stay in the Netherlands, is of immense value once you start applying for a full-time job.” While studying, Meiqiong stayed in Deventer, close to Apeldoorn where Wittenborg is located. She intends to use her job search year (zoekjaar), afforded to all students graduating in the Netherlands, to find a job here.

    She fully endorses the Netherlands as a study destination for international students. “I came here because it is an English-speaking country with a high quality education. She praised her tutor, senior lecturer Dr Saskia Harkema, as an “inspiration”. “If it wasn’t for her I would not have graduated on time.”

    While at Wittenborg Meiqiong also proved how determined she is. “My favourite module was Trademark and Branding. However, International Labour Relations was the hardest module for me. I took the exam four times!”



    WUP 9/5/2016

    by Anesca Smith
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    Giro d'Italia Puts Wittenborg City's of Apeldoorn, in Spotlight
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 6 May 2016, 8:55 PM
     

    Giro d'Italia Puts Wittenborg City, Apeldoorn, in Spotlight

    Giro d'Italia Puts Wittenborg City's of Apeldoorn, in Spotlight

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/giro-ditalia-puts-wittenborg-citys-apeldoorn-spotlight.htm)

    Apeldoorn was the place to be on Friday with the start of the 2016 Giro d’Italia - and Wittenborg was there to share in the fun and excitement. Earlier this year Wittenborg hosted the Giro College Tour in the run-up to the event. 

    Giro d'Italia Puts Wittenborg City, Apeldoorn, in SpotlightvThe city has been decked out in pink for weeks now and Friday the big day finally arrived with thousands of spectators and cycling fans from all over the Netherlands descending on the usually modest little city. The event will run from 6 – 29 May, kicking off on a sunny note in the Gelderland (Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Nijmegen) this weekend.

    Wittenborg directors Peter Birdsall and Maggie Feng was among the crowd who supported the racers coming from all over the world to compete. It is hoped that the event will give tourism in the province a major boost.

    Stage 1 of the race started with and individual Time Trial of 9.8km at the Omnisport-Centrum in Apeldoorn. The route ran entirely through the city, along wide, straight avenues, with just a few 90-degree bends. Speed bumps, roundabouts and street furniture will be found throughout the route.

    Giro d'Italia Puts Wittenborg City, Apeldoorn, in SpotlightApeldoorn, where Wittenborg moved in 2010, is a charming city in the province of Gelderland with a population of 160 000. Close to its distinctive centre lies the 150-hectare Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest conservation area in the Netherlands. The park is also home to the Kröller-Müller Art Museum, which hosts a valuable and considerable collection of paintings by the great Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and even Pablo Picasso!

    This is the 99th edition of the Giro. On Saturday there is a 190 km stage from Arnhem to Nijmegen and on Sunday the teams will head back from Nijmegen to Arnhem again.

    WUP 6/5/2016

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    Wittenborg Introduces New Sport School to Business Leaders
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 5 May 2016, 3:11 PM
     

    Wittenborg Introduces New Sport School to Business Leaders

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    Wittenborg Introduces New Sport School to Business LeadersWittenborg University introduced its plans for a new School of Sport & Health to the business community of the Gelderland province. In this endeavor it will team up with the newly founded Full Force Sports Academy - an international, private institution to be set up in Apeldoorn.

    Wittenborg CEO, Maggie Feng, made a presentation about the importance of education and a business-orientated mindset in the sport industry and the multitude of career opportunities it presents. She was speaking at the Business Meeting Gelderland & Italy ahead of this weekend’s Giro d’Italia which will kick-off in Apeldoorn on 6 May after which the 'tour' will tour two other cities in the Gelderland province, Arnhem and Nijmegen.

     

    Wittenborg Introduces New Sport School to Business Leaders“From the Giro one can see sport is very broad – it involves business, branding, communication, social behavior, general excercise, healthy aging etc. In turn sport-related business requires highly skilled personel and entrepreneurs.  Plus, the top sporters will retire one day while many others never make it to the top. What are they going to do? How do we prepare them for future opportunities? This is where education comes in!“

    Feng made the presentation alongside Gudo Kramer, director of Topsport Gelderland. Topsport focuses on the development of up-and-coming sports talent in the Gelderland province. According to Feng the School of Sport and Health has been intensely developed over the past 2 years with the support of the University of Brighton in the UK, already a key education partner of Wittenborg for years. Now the 2 partners are ready to roll out the MSc Sport Business Management programme from the autumn of 2016 at both Wittenborg and Brighton.

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    Study in Holland says Dutch Wittenborg Graduate
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 1 May 2016, 5:41 PM
     

    Study in Holland says Dutch Wittenborg Graduate

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/study-holland-says-wittenborg-graduate.htm)

    "The Netherlands is a great study destination for international students - almost everyone speaks English"

    Study in Holland says Wittenborg GraduateRecent Dutch graduate, Marit Ram, says Wittenborg University had a huge influence on her decision to work for an international company.

    Marit earned her IBA degree in Economics & Management earlier this year from Wittenborg and upon graduation started working in Valencia, Spain, for Work & Enjoy – a company that helps international students to find an internship, language course or housing in Spain. She also did her internship with them.

    Marit was determined to finish her studies at Wittenborg within 2 years after earning enough European Credits for her to start in Phase 2. While studying she lived in Utrecht which she describes as “a real student city which I enjoyed” and also worked part-time as a hostess/waitress.

    “I would definitely recommend the Netherlands as a study destination for international students. Almost everyone speaks English and there are some nice student cities here," Marit says. "Wittenborg also fulfilled my expectations of studying at an international school with students and teachers from abroad. It was really great hearing about experiences from all over and learning how business is conducted in different parts of the world.

    “My biggest challenge was researching and writing a graduation assignment in academic English, but other than that I had a good time and passed most subjects on my first try.” Marit is still considering whether she will pursue a Master degree at some point.

    WUP 1/5/2016

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