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    "Happy Staff means a Healthy Organization!" says Wittenborg's New HR Officer, Sanne de Jong
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 25 July 2016, 6:21 PM
     

    Sanne de Jong has been Wittenborg University’s human resource officer since April, but her ties with the organisation go way back. Fresh out of high school in 2003, she started at Wittenborg as housing officer when it was still located in Deventer before moving on to further her studies in Amsterdam. (See the interview on YouTube)

    “Wittenborg is very people-driven"

    She is excited about how Wittenborg has grown since: “It is really good to see how far the university has come over the past 13 years!” As human resource officer she takes care of matters such as developing and executing policies and procedures relating to employees at Wittenborg. She describes the organization as “very people-driven”.

    Sanne de Jong - Human Resource Manager at Wittenborg University

    Before returning to Wittenborg, Sanne worked first as an on-board courier then as a quality coordinator for Time Matters, which is a spin-off of the Lufthansa Cargo Group and has offices in Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. The company develops customised logistics solutions. The job took her all over the world – from Japan to Mexico. She started with a Bachelor in Aviation Studies from the Hogeschool Amsterdam but switched mid-way to Human Resource Management after discovering where her interest lay.

    "I love seeing people reach their career goals"

    Why did she decide to work for Wittenborg? “As you see from my experience, I like working in an international environment. The organisation also offers a lot of room and opportunity for development.

    “For me, the most important part of the job is to have a good relationship with staff and students, although I have less contact with students. I love seeing people reach their career goals within the company - to see them progress in their profession.

    How do you motivate people?

    “Coaching is part of it. I also think of myself as a mirror – to make people aware of their own capabilities and to make those capabilities work to the advantage...

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    First EuroBA Students Graduate from Wittenborg
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 23 July 2016, 6:05 PM
     

    First EuroBA Students Graduate from Wittenborg

    First EuroBA Students Graduate from Wittenborg

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/first-euroba-students-graduate-wittenborg.htm)

    Wittenborg celebrated the first graduates of its popular European Bachelor's in Hospitality Management programme – the so-called EuroBA – this summer. The first group was admitted in 2013. 

    The EuroBA is offered in conjunction with the University of Brighton in the UK. At the end of the programme students earn a double degree. In the second year they can study at CSHG in Spain. From 2017, Wittenborg students doing a Bachelor's in Hospitality Mangement have the opportunity to study for either year 1 or year 2 in Vienna, Austria. 

    Wittenborg celebrated the first graduates of its popular European Bachelor's in Hospitality Management programme – the so-called EuroBA – this summerThe four students who graduated this summer are a truly international mix: Desneige Kronenburg is Dutch, Emelda Obewu is Nigerian, Carolina Lopez Roque is Spanish and Bogdana Golovenko is Ukranian.

    “Get an umbrella and a bicycle for the Netherlands!”

    Get an umbrella and a bicycle for the Netherlands!After surviving a few Dutch winters, Emelda Obewu had some crucial advice for prospective students to the Netherlands: “Bring an umbrella and you will need a bicycle. I would also advice new students to learn Dutch and be ready for a few surprises!”

    Emelda did her internship in Dubai at Rotana Hotels and Resorts. She decided to study in Holland because of its reputation as a multicultural city. She chose Wittenborg after it was ranked on Google as one of the top hospitality schools in the Netherlands. She wants to look for a job in the hospitality industry after her studies.

    At Wittenborg’s 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony, Emelda’s tutor Adeyemi Banjo said before coming to Wittenborg she attained a diploma in law. “She has an amazing capability to adapt to changing conditions, is an avid learner and a dedicated student.”

    “A smile goes a long way in hospitality”

    Desneige Kronenburg graduated with honours from Wittenborg.Desneige Kronenburg graduated with honours from Wittenborg. “I’m particularly glad the EuroBA...

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    Wittenborg Chair Peter Birdsall Interviewed by MBA Channel on Brexit
    by Wittenborg News - Thursday, 21 July 2016, 10:27 AM
     

    Wittenborg Chair Peter Birdsall Interviewed by MBA Channel on Brexit

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-chair-peter-birdsall-interviewed-mba-channel-brexit.htm

    Peter Birdsall

    Given Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences’ close ties with Great Britain, its chair of the executive board, Peter Birdsall, was recently interviewed by the MBA Channel about the consequences of Brexit for the education sector.

    Birdsall remains optimistic that a compromise will be found that would allow for the free movement of people, goods and services, though he expects the EU to be wary in awarding research funding to projects involving UK partners in the future. He cited the Norwegian model as an example that might prevent too much damage emanating from Brexit.

    Though Wittenborg is situated in the Netherlands, it has a long-standing partnership with the University of Brighton in the UK – making it the perfect example of cross-border higher education. In practical terms this means British lecturers regularly fly over to the Netherlands throughout the year to teach classes and some Wittenborg students have the option to spend part of their study period in the UK. These students also receive a double degree upon graduation

    “If there is no compromise, then the UK could suffer a tremendous setback and higher education would bear the brunt of the issues caused by the clampdown on immigration, international student fees for EU students and a complete withdrawal of EU funding for research,” Birdsall told the MBA channel.

    The full interview can be read here.

    WUP 21/7/2016

    by Anesca Smith
    ©Wittenborg University Press


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    Wittenborg recruiting new staff for next academic year!
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 18 July 2016, 10:20 PM
     

    Staff at Wittenborg University

    Wittenborg recruiting new staff for next academic year!

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-recruiting-new-staff-next-academic-year.htm)

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences in Apeldoorn, is looking for part-time lecturers and guest speakers for our Master of Business Administration (MBA) and our Master of Science (MSc) programmes.

    Our new lecturers will be joining our international education team, sharing their knowledge and experience with international and national students. Currently, Wittenborg offers bachelors' and masters' programmes in two schools, the School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Tourism.

    Wittenborg is growing into a broad management university with 5 schools and is starting masters' and bachelors' specialisations in the School of Arts & Technology, School of Health & Sport, and School of Education from the coming season. Wittenborg is determined to ensure

    the provision of cross-discipline & applied-sciences education to assure its graduates are more suited for the future job market, within an international context.

    Maggie Feng Director Wittenborg UniversityWe are currently looking for experienced academics to teach in our MBA and MSc programmes. Teaching subjects include:

    • Operations Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • International Management
    • Information Management
    • Sport Marketing
    • Sport Business Management
    • Education Management
    • Critical Perspectives in Hospitality Management
    • Critical Perspectives in Tourism
    • Management Accounting & Finance

    Which qualities and qualifications are required from your end?

    • Minimum PhD or Double Master’s degree with extensive teaching, research and publication experience at a higher education institution
    • Demonstrable potential in teaching and research (preferably with experience as a lecturer/trainer)

    Jacques Kaat Wittenborg UniversityWhat does Wittenborg offer?

    • An independent ...
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    New British Prime Minister In, International Students Out?
    by Wittenborg News - Friday, 15 July 2016, 12:48 PM
     

    New British Prime Minister In, International Students Out?

    http://www.wittenborg.eu/new-british-prime-minister-international-students-out.htm

    New British Prime Minister In, International Students Out?

    Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, was sworn in on Wednesday. How will that impact higher education elsewhere in the world, particularly Europe?

    Opinions are divided. However, based on the hard line May took on immigration while she was still home secretary, students and academics from outside the UK cannot be blamed for feeling more than a little anxious. After all, some of her most controversial proposals included severe visa-restrictions for non-EU students and workers.

    This meant that even before Brexit international students - notably from countries such as India – had already started to look elsewhere in Europe to more welcoming study destinations. This includes the Netherlands.  Recently the Netherlands proved once again its universities are some of the best in Europe by getting a high rating in the prestigious Times Higher Education European University Top 200 Rankings 2016.

    In contrast, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the business lobby, London First, last year revealed many international students feel Britain’s immigration system has negatively affected their study experience there and the vast majority reported difficulties in securing a job in the UK after their studies.

    According to the report, in 2013-14 there were almost 67,500 international students attending London universities – making up 18% of the total student population in the capital, and 22% of the 310,000 international students across the UK. They contributed £1.32bn in fees to the British economy; £1.36bn in subsistence spending, and £121m from their friends and families who visit them in the UK. 

    On the bright side, Emran Mian – director of the Social Market Foundation – has pointed out in an article for THE that as prime minister May ...

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    Excellent Results for Wittenborg's First Part-Time MSc Graduates
    by Wittenborg News - Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 1:29 PM
     

    Excellent Results for Wittenborg's First Part-Time MSc Graduates

    http://wittenborg.eu/excellent-results-wittenborgs-first-part-time-msc-graduates.htm

    Excellent Results for Wittenborg's First Part-Time MSc Graduates The first part-time Master of Science students to graduate from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences celebrated their achievements on Friday during Wittenborg’s 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony in Apeldoorn.

    They are Don Driessen, Amber Herrewijn and Marjorein van Houten-Geut. All 3 were awarded an MSc in International Event Management – earning a double degree from both Wittenborg and the University of Brighton in the UK.

    All 3 students are Dutch and lecturers at universities around the Netherlands. They completed their studies over a period of about 2 years while balancing work, family and studying. They were able to earn a double degree due to Wittenborg's partnership with the University of Brighton, adding further value to their prestigious achievements. This means that on top of the certificate they received on Friday from Wittenborg, they will also receive a degree from Brighton on 29 July in the United Kingdom.

    Excellent Results for Wittenborg's First Part-Time MSc Graduates Wittenborg admitted its first cohort of international Master of Science students in September 2012, followed by another intake in September 2013. Since then its MSc programmes in International Hospitality Management, Event Mangement and Tourism Management have gone from strength to strength. From this autumn it will also jointly offer an MSc in Sport Business Management with the University of Brighton.

    First to receive his diploma on Friday was Don Driessen who lectures in event and project management at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He thanked his fellow students for motivating him during his studies. Wittenborg’s Director of Education, Peter Birdsall, praised him for his perseverance in the face of several obstacles, such as a forced delay in collecting data while under severe time ...

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    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony
    by Wittenborg News - Saturday, 9 July 2016, 12:07 PM
     

    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony

    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/joy-wittenborg-celebrates-2016-summer-graduation-ceremony.htm)

    Students from 13 different countries are graduating this summer from Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, accentuating its status it as one of the most international universities in the Netherlands.

    They were celebrated today at the university’s 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony, held at the City Hall in Apeldoorn, supported by friends, family, tutors and fellow students.

    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation CeremonyOf the 21 students who graduated there are 4 Master of Science students and 17 Bachelor students. They come from the Netherlands, Pakistan, Kenya, Indonesia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, Brazil, the Ukraine, Korea, China and Columbia.

    As they transitioned from student to graduate, Wittenborg’s Chair of the Executive Board, Peter Birdsall, drew attention to the value of their new role as Wittenborg Alumni.

    “It feels like only yesterday you started your degree programme at Wittenborg, now you’ve reached the stage where you're finished and are receiving your degree and for that we are are proud of you. We hope that you will go forth and also be proud to have studied at Wittenborg, and proud to be an alumni of Wittenborg.

    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation Ceremony“It is our duty to take care of the brand Wittenborg and to keep growing its reputation and its international outlook. As we grow our brand and reputation this will also affect your CV as your degree becomes more valuable. We pledge to safeguard this brand, and make Wittenborg even more international, even broader in its approach to education to the diversity of its students and staff to its international reputation, and its place in Dutch higher education.”

    Joy as Wittenborg Celebrates 2016 Summer Graduation CeremonyBirdsall said graduation is one of the milestone moments in a student’s life. “Not only is it a milestone but it is also a stepping stone, a ladder, a vehicle to ...

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    Boost your Managerial Skills by Joining Wittenborg's Executive MBA Summer Programme
    by Wittenborg News - Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 12:40 PM
     

    Boost your Managerial Skills by Joining Wittenborg's Executive MBA Summer Programme

    http://wittenborg.eu/boost-your-managerial-skills-joining-wittenborgs-executive-mba-summer-programme.htm

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences has joined forces with the Canadian University of Fredericton to offer an Executive MBA Summer Certificate Programme at its location in Amsterdam.
    It will run from 26 July – 4 August, 2016.

    EMBA promotion flyer

    The unique EMBA programme is aimed at Dutch and international managers looking to refine their expertise in global business practices, management and leadership, as well as those who are currently pursuing an EMBA programme or considering it.

    The fee for attending this 10-day course is €795. The programme content will be facilitated by academic experts from both Wittenborg and the University of Fredericton. Those wishing to join can still apply until 17 July by emailing: SummerEMBA@wittenborg.eu

    Attendees will get a unique opportunity to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with Canadian EMBA students, who will also attend the programme as part of their international field trip along with faculty members from the University of Fredericton. The students specialise in Global Leadership, Human Resources Leadership, Innovation Leadership and Social Enterprise Leadership.

    The broad theme of the programme will be:  Implementing internationalisation of sustainability and social responsibility in multinational organisations and management consulting.

    The course will also include several trips, including a visit to Rotterdam Port Operations and a guided educational tour of Amsterdam’s key international commerce components like tulips, diamonds and tourism.

    Attendees need to have a good command of English and a bachelor's degree is also recommended, plus some managerial experience.

    Academic topics that will be covered include:
    • The Global Marketing Scenario on Best...

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    Want to Study in the Netherlands? "Planning is Important!" Advises Dutch Graduate
    by Wittenborg News - Monday, 4 July 2016, 10:12 PM
     

    Want to Study in the Netherlands? "Planning is Important!" Advises Dutch Graduate

    Want to Study in the Netherlands? "Planning is Important!" Advises Dutch Graduate

    "Apeldoorn is a beautiful and lively city," says Dutch graduate Lennart Dubel about the small, green city in the heart of the Netherlands where Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences is headquartered.

    Lennart earned his bachelor's degree in International Business Administration (Economics & Management) from Wittenborg earlier this year. What are his plans for the future? "I will look for any position to get work experience and after a year or so I will move abroad for a bigger, international job."

    According to Lennart he would recommend the Netherlands as a study destination to foreign students but is in favour of the idea that Dutch students seek more international exposure. He did his internship at Buro Philip van den Hurk, a financial advisory group, in Eindhoven.

    What advice would he give to current and future students about studying in the Netherlands? "Planning is important as well as effort because it (the work) is not that hard, just much!"

    WUP 4/7/2016

    by Anesca Smith

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    UK Universities Urged to Strengthen Ties with European Partners Post-Brexit
    by Wittenborg News - Sunday, 3 July 2016, 12:23 PM
     

    UK Universities Urged to Strengthen Ties with European Partners Post-Brexit

    UK Universities Urged to Strengthen Ties with European Partners Post-Brexit

    (original article: http://www.wittenborg.eu/uk-universities-urged-strengthen-ties-european-partners-post-brexit.htm )

    Universities in the UK has been urged to strengthen their relationships with universities in Europe, including the Netherlands, while they wait for the dust to settle post-Brexit.

    “Universities must not take their eyes off the ball, regardless of the changes to come,” Mike Boxall, higher education expert at PA Consulting Group, wrote in The Guardian this week while the country braces itself for more political turmoil in the weeks to come.

    Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, which has a long-standing partnership with the University of Brighton in the UK, has already announced a review of all current education agreements with Brighton, in order to ensure long-term continuity, and further development of the relationship.

    Boxall advised institutions to be pro-active and respond constructively despite uncertainty about the long-term impact of Brexit on the education sector. Of particular concern are the UK’s bids for EU research funding in the future, the outlook for EU students and staff currently studying in the UK, an increase in fees for future European students wishing to study in the UK and what the effect will be on British workers and students in the EU.

    Universities in the UK has been urged to strengthen their relationships with universities in Europe, including the Netherlands, while they wait for the dust to settle post-Brexit.

    “UK and European Higher Education providers are natural partners and collaborators on many levels, and European universities are likely to be keen that this continues,” Boxall writes. “Many (European universities) are further down the road of innovation in learning and teaching, and in local engagement with industry and communities, than most UK institutions.

    “For example, Maastricht University in Holland has pioneered ‘triple-helix’ working with industries and regional development agencies for nearly 40 years.”

    In ...

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